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Not the outcome we wanted, but proud to play for you.Thanks for your support all season long.#LetsUnite #CRUvLIO #Final80Minutes pic.twitter.com/p0U1IgRn9g— Emirates Lions (@LionsRugbyCo) August 4, 2018
Not the outcome we wanted, but proud to play for you.Thanks for your support all season long.#LetsUnite #CRUvLIO #Final80Minutes pic.twitter.com/p0U1IgRn9g
We Will. We Did. Back to Back ?????? 38-17 #CRUvLIO #wewill #crusadeon— BNZ Crusaders (@crusadersrugby) August 4, 2018
We Will. We Did. Back to Back ?????? 38-17 #CRUvLIO #wewill #crusadeon
A couple of old boys happy with that result, well done @crusadersrugby pic.twitter.com/4PNcFrrr9X— Dan Carter (@DanCarter) August 4, 2018
A couple of old boys happy with that result, well done @crusadersrugby pic.twitter.com/4PNcFrrr9X
The Lions finished the game with 56% possession and 66% territory. They should have done more with that.
The Lions' driving maul also did not work to great effect today, while their ball poachers were ineffective...
FULL TIME - CRUSADERS ARE THE 2018 SUPER RUGBY CHAMPIONS!!! WINNERS FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW! Enormous effort by the Lions to have come this far yet again! #SuperRugby #CRUvLIO https://t.co/xCzlrAn62r pic.twitter.com/mAeUNY2iVv— Super Rugby (@SuperRugby) August 4, 2018
FULL TIME - CRUSADERS ARE THE 2018 SUPER RUGBY CHAMPIONS!!! WINNERS FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW! Enormous effort by the Lions to have come this far yet again! #SuperRugby #CRUvLIO https://t.co/xCzlrAn62r pic.twitter.com/mAeUNY2iVv
The Crusaders win their 9th Super Rugby title!
The Lions have become the first team in the competition's history to lose three finals in a row...
Good final, #LIO refused to roll over completely. #CRU are cynical, ruthless and efficient. Worthy winners. 21-0 at home in playoffs. 9th title in 13th final. 15 match winning streak. Relentless. #CRUvLIO— Craig Ray (@craigray11) August 4, 2018
Good final, #LIO refused to roll over completely. #CRU are cynical, ruthless and efficient. Worthy winners. 21-0 at home in playoffs. 9th title in 13th final. 15 match winning streak. Relentless. #CRUvLIO
79'- One final attacking chance for the Lions as they win another penalty at ruck time.
Jantjies sets up a lineout inside the red zone... Can the Lions finish on a high note?
76'- The Crusaders win a penalty on the ground to relieve some pressure, just as Ryan Crotty arrives from back from the sin-bin.
The Crusaders won that 10-minute period 7-5 despite being down a man...
75'- PENALTIES CONCEDED
Got to hand it to the Crusaders. Filthy side. But also relentless, surgical, shrewd and full of swagger. Worthy champions. Again.— Clinton van der Berg (@ClintonV) August 4, 2018
Got to hand it to the Crusaders. Filthy side. But also relentless, surgical, shrewd and full of swagger. Worthy champions. Again.
70'- CONVERSION slotted by Mo'unga.
Crusaders 37-18 Lions
68'- Jantjies slips and misses the conversion to the left.
Crusaders 30-18 Lions
62'- CONVERSION slotted by Mo'unga.
Crusaders 30-13 Lions
58'- More pressure on the Crusaders as wing Seta Tamanivalu can't hold on to a cross-kick from Jantjies. He is then penalised for holding on, allowing the Lions to kick for goal.
Ruan Combrinck will line up a long-range shot at goal...
The Emirates @LionsRugbyCo's Cyle Brink managed to break through and score the first try for the Joburg side in the Vodacom #SuperRugby Final. They are only trailing the Crusaders 23-13 after 55 minutes. #CRUvLIO pic.twitter.com/MZFgqxpmm4— vodacomrugby (@VodacomRugga) August 4, 2018
The Emirates @LionsRugbyCo's Cyle Brink managed to break through and score the first try for the Joburg side in the Vodacom #SuperRugby Final. They are only trailing the Crusaders 23-13 after 55 minutes. #CRUvLIO pic.twitter.com/MZFgqxpmm4
55'- Mitchell Drummond on at scrumhalf for the Crusaders, replacing Bryn Hall.
Flank Heiden Bedwell-Curtis is also off, with Peter Samu replacing him.
53'- CONVERSION slotted by Jantjies.
Crusaders 23-13 Lions
51'- METRES MADE ON ATTACK
Big play in the context of this final. Massive scrum. #CRUvLIO— Jacques Burger (@Nabasboer) August 4, 2018
Big play in the context of this final. Massive scrum. #CRUvLIO
Elton and trylines today...can’t catch a break. #CRUvLIO— Craig Ray (@craigray11) August 4, 2018
Elton and trylines today...can’t catch a break. #CRUvLIO
47'- TMO CALL
Jantjies almost goes over under the posts. The TMO is called into action to check a possible grounding...
The Lions string together 18 phases, before winning an offside penalty.
FULL-TIME: CRUSADERS 37-18 LIONS. What a 2018 final we have had here and as expected the Crusaders are the Champions. The Lions can be proud of their performance despite the result. Thank you for joining us.
Luke Romano is penalised at the breakdown and the Lions find touch in the 22 for one last effort.
The Lions then mess it up, as Dylan Smith is guilty of obstruction. Poor! Crotty returns to the field of play.
The Lions have a penalty and Jantjies finds touch, but surely it is a little too late.
The Crusaders string together seven phases and are just running the clock down on the Crotty yellow card.
CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, MO'UNGA! 37-18: Mo'unga makes no mistake and we have nine minutes left.
TRY, CRUSADERS, BARRETT! 35-18: The Crusaders feed a quick line-out. Bridge beats Kwagga Smith. They then recycle the ball and Scott Barrett powers home to score a try with only 14 men.
Jantjies misses a crucial conversion.
TRY, LIONS, MARX! 30-18: The Lions secure the line-out and drive forward. After a patient build-up Marx storms home to score a brilliant try!
The Lions secure an offside penalty and go for the corner.
YELLOW CARD, CRUSADERS, CROTTY! 30-13: The Lions secure the line-out and Crotty is sin-binned for cynical play.
Lionel Mapoe sends Ruan Combrinck away and the Lions make their way into the Crusaders 22. The Lions should have scored there.
CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, MO'UNGA! 30-13: Mo'unga makes no mistake.
TRY, CRUSADERS, DRUMMOND! 28-13: The Crusaders string 13 phases together after that break and eventually Taylor sends Mitchell Drummond away. Great try!
Kieran Read offloads to Pete Samu and he bursts through the defensive line.
Ruan Combrinck sends a long kick wide.
Seta Tamanivalu is guilty of not releasing the ball and the Lions have a penalty near the Crusaders 10 metre line. Ruan Combrinck goes for goal.
Jack Goodhue sends George Bridge away into a gap and he makes good ground. The Crusaders are looking good with ball in hand.
CONVERSION, LIONS, JANTJIES! 23-13: We have a 10 point game on our hands.
TRY, LIONS, BRINK! 23-11: The Lions secure the line-out and string together four phases, before Cyle Brink storms into a gap to score!
Ryan Crotty is penalised for not rolling away and the Lions find touch near the Crusaders 22. Their time is running out.
Oh dear! Ruan Dreyer is penalised at the scrum and it all goes to waste.
NO TRY, LIONS! The Lions secure the line-out and drive forward. Jantjies is just short and the TMO confirms that. They then secure an offside penalty and opt for a scrum.
Ross Cronje offloads to Kwagga Smith, who makes good ground. The Lions then have a penalty, as Owen Franks is offside. They go for the corner.
PENALTY, CRUSADERS, MO'UNGA! 23-6: Mo'unga extends the lead even further with a good kick.
The Crusaders secure the first penalty of the half, as Marvin Orie fails to roll away.
Kick-off! We are underway in the final 40 minutes!
HALF-TIME: CRUSADERS 20-6 LIONS. The Crusaders lead at the break despite only having 30% of the possession. There will be some hard words in the Lions dressing room. It has been a good first half for a final game.
PENALTY, LIONS, JANTJIES! 20-6: The Lions go for goal and Jantjies slots a good kick.
The Lions go wide and win another penalty, as Matt Todd is adjudged offside.
Joe Moody is penalised for a high-tackle and the Lions find touch in the corner.
CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, MO'UNGA! 20-3: Mo'unga adds the extras again.
TRY, CRUSADERS, HAVILI! 18-3: Richie Mo'unga sees a gap and makes good ground. He offloads to Goodhue, who sends Havili away before being tackled. Jantjies was at fault there just sitting back.
PENALTY, CRUSADERS, MO'UNGA! 13-3: The Lions concede a scrum penalty and again Dreyer is the guilty party. They go for goal and Mo'unga makes no mistake. The Lions are lucky to just concede three there.
Thus far the Lions have been unable to make the driving maul work for them. After a deep kick by Mo'unga, Jantjies messes it up and carries the ball over for a five metre scrum to the Crusaders, Poor!
The driving maul is stopped by the Crusaders and as a result of the pressure the ball is knocked-on. Great work Crusaders.
The Lions secure the line-out and win another penalty after the Crusaders collapse the driving maul. We have another line-out.
The Lions secure a penalty and Joe Moody is penalised for collapsing the scrum. They find a brilliant touch eight metres out.
The Lions are making mistakes at the breakdown and again Whitelock ensures a turn-over.
CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, MO'UNGA! 10-3: Mo'unga adds the extras.
TRY, CRUSADERS, TAMANIVALU! 8-3: The Crusaders secure another line-out and this time the Lions cannot combat Seta Tamanivalu after some fast recycling. A great set-up by Mo'unga!
The Crusaders secure the line-out and go wide. Sensational defence by the Lions, as they stop Bridge two metres from the line. Great work Mostert!
The Crusaders secure another penalty at the breakdown and this time Coetzee is penalised. They find a good touch.
PENALTY, CRUSADERS, MO'UNGA! 3-3: The Crusaders launch their first real attack and secure a penalty at the breakdown. They go for goal and Mo'unga levels the score!
PENALTY, LIONS, JANTJIES! 0-3: Jantjies slots a good kick despite the boos!
The Lions win a penalty and Scott Barrett is penalised for hands in the ruck. Jantjies goes for goal.
The Lions secure a line-out five metres from the Crusaders line and drive forward. The Crusaders do well on the counter-drive and turn it over.
The Crusaders win the first scrum free-kick and Dreyer is penalised. The Crusaders kick it out and the Lions will have the feed.
Ruan Combrinck is into a gap and is only stopped short five metres out. They recycle the ball and then string together 13 patient phases, before they spill it in the tackle. Poor! They need to score when they are in these positions.
Whiteley secures the first line-out for the Lions and they make their way to the Crusaders 22. The cross-kick from Jantjies to Marx cannot be controlled by the hooker. The Lions win a penalty and finds a good touch.
Kick-off! We are underway in the 2018 Super Rugby Grand Final!
Welcome to AMI Stadium for our live coverage of the 2018 Super Rugby Grand Final between the Crusaders and the Lions.
The Crusaders are favourites to clinch this year's crown and have an impressive record of not having lost a play-off match here in Christchurch for 20 consecutive matches.
This is a repeat of last year's final when the Crusaders beat the Lions in Johannesburg, where the home team finished with 14 men after Kwagga Smith was sent off on the stroke of half-time.
The last time these teams met were also in Johannesburg earlier this season when the Crusaders were 14-8 victors. The one positive for the Lions is that they have won five of their last six matches.
The Crusaders have made just one change to their starting line-up. Heiden Bedwell-Curtis starts in place of the injured Jordan Taufua, who limped off early against the Hurricanes last week. The injured Seb Siataga has been replaced on the bench by Sam Anderson-Heather.
Team Crusaders: 15 David Havili, 14 Seta Tamanivalu, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo?unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, 5 Sam Whitelock (c), 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody. Replacements: 16 Sam Anderson-Heather, 17 Tim Perry, 18 Michael Alaalatoa, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Pete Samu, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 Braydon Ennor.
Courtnall Skosan replaces the injured Aphiwe Dyantyi in the Lions starting XV. The only other change to the starting line-up sees Cyle Brink replacing Lourens Erasmus on the flank.
Team Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Warren Whiteley (c), 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Kwagga Smith, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Marvin Orie, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Jacques van Rooyen. Replacements: 16 Corne Fourie, 17 Dylan Smith, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Marnus Schoeman, 21 Dillon Smit, 22 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 23 Howard Mnisi.
Our referee is Angus Gardner and he will be assisted by Glen Jackson and Nic Berry. The TMO is Shane McDermott.
The teams are out on the park. The atmosphere is electric!
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