What a great prospect we have in store for the Super Rugby Final, hosted in South Africa with the Lions facing the Crusaders at Ellis Park.
Lions v Crusaders
It’s not often you get a final which is almost a 50/50 call, and it should make for a great end to the season. The Crusaders have been the best team all year, losing only once away at the Hurricanes. They’ve beaten all the other Kiwi teams home and away, and have been the bookies’ favourites for the title for some time.
But with the Lions coming from behind to beat the Hurricanes last week, they now have to travel to Johannesburg and play with jet-lag at altitude. And they face a Lions team that has also only lost one match, away at the Jaguares, although they didn’t have to play any New Zealand teams during the regular season.
The Crusaders were clinical last week in dispatching the Highlanders and keeping them scoreless, without even offering their opponents a shot at goal. But I feel like the more significant performance was at Ellis Park, where the Hurricanes appeared to be running away with it before the Lions fought back into the game, eventually taking the lead as the Canes ran out of ideas and energy.
And I can see a repeat performance this week, with the travel-weary Crusaders likely to start strongly and then we’ll see if they can hold on as the home team finishes more strongly. Moreover, I’ll be surprised if the Lions give them a similar headstart, and they’ll know that if their line speed is effective early on and their defence holds strong, their speedy attack will cause problems later on.
My Superbru pick: Lions by 4
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