Super Rugby comes to an end this weekend with the Crusaders hosting the Jaguares in Christchurch. My Superbru challenge has fizzled out a little over the past few weeks, with most matches going the way of the favourite offering little chance to catch up.
And if you’re behind going into this weekend, you have next to no chance of catching up I would say, so just sit back and enjoy the final and rue those missed opportunities earlier in the year.
The men from Canterbury have won the last two Super Rugby titles, whilst the Argentinian side has never made the semi-finals before this season, let alone the final.
The Jaguares are much improved however, despite losing Nicolas Sanchez, and as an England fan, their form concerns me ahead of the Rugby World Cup, given that many of these players will pull on the Pumas jersey with Argentina in the same group as both England and France.
But realistically, this final is only going one way.
The Crusaders have won their last 30 (THIRTY!) home matches in a row, and they have beaten the Jaguares on the two occasions they have played previously – by 17 points in 2016 and by 26 points in 2018. The bookies are giving the home team a 13-point handicap.
I’m not necessarily saying it will be easy for the Crusaders, and the Jaguares can compete up front and potentially give them a scare, particularly with Ryan Crotty absent in midfield.
But the Crusaders know how to win, much like the All Blacks, and they’ll find a way to do so.
My Superbru Prediction: Crusaders by 8