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As it happened: Lions 17-25 Crusaders

2017-08-05 17:45
Last Updated at 15:47
05 Aug 17:58

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05 Aug 17:54
The MAN-OF-THE-MATCH award has gone to Crusaders centre Ryan Crotty.
05 Aug 17:53
05 Aug 17:52

This was also Lions coach Johan Ackermann's final game in charge of the Lions. He will now head off to coach Gloucester in the English Premiership.

Assistant coach Swys de Bruin will take over the head coaching duties.

05 Aug 17:51
The Crusaders have also made history by becoming the first team ever to win a Super Rugby final by flying across the Indian Ocean.
05 Aug 17:48
The Lions deserve full credit for their fighting spirit. Down to 14 men, and trailing 25-3 in the second half, their never-say-die spirit almost saw them pull off a miracle. They should hold their heads high.
05 Aug 17:46
It's their eighth Super Rugby title - and first since 2008.
05 Aug 17:45
The Crusaders are the 2017 Super Rugby champions!
05 Aug 17:44
FULL-TIME: Lions 17-25 Crusaders
05 Aug 17:44
80'- The visitors win a penalty on halfway. As the hooter sounds, Mo'unga takes a quick tap and boots out...
05 Aug 17:43
79'- The Crusaders have possession inside the final minute...
05 Aug 17:42
78'- Then, a little knock on from De Klerk at the base of the ruck probably kills the Lions hopes of a miracle comeback...
05 Aug 17:41
78'- The Lions regain possession but time is running out...
05 Aug 17:40
77'- Yet another linout steal from the Crusaders!
05 Aug 17:39
77'- Replacement flank Cyle Brink then wins a penalty on the ground, allowing Jantjies to set up another lineout near the Crusaders 22m area...
05 Aug 17:38
76' - But the Crusaders, crucially, steal the Lions lineout.
05 Aug 17:38
75'- A Lions penalty will allow Jantjies to set up a lineout inside Crusaders territory.
05 Aug 17:37
74'- Lions in possession just outside their own 22m area. At the moment the Lions are playing like the team with a one-man advantage...
05 Aug 17:36
73'- Is it game on here with seven minutes left?
05 Aug 17:35

72'- CONVERSION slotted by Jantjies.

Lions 17-25 Crusaders

05 Aug 17:35
72'- TRY to the Lions as substitute prop Corne Fourie bursts over under the posts.
05 Aug 17:34
71'- Lions five metres out after some enterprising play from their backs...
05 Aug 17:33
70'- But the Lions win back possession after a lineout steal...
05 Aug 17:32
69'- A powerful scrum by the Crusaders wins a penalty. It will bring more relief for the visitors...
05 Aug 17:31
69'- But there's new vigour in this Lions team! It will be a miracle if they pull off a comeback win...
05 Aug 17:30
69'- A brilliant break form Franco Mostert sees the Lions enter the red zone... however moments later a knock-on near the tryline from Janse van Rensburg brings relief for the Crusaders.
05 Aug 17:29
68'- Another scrum penalty for the Lions. It allows Jantjies to set up another lineout - just inside the Crusaders half...
05 Aug 17:28

67'- Crusaders probing near the red zone, but a forward pass brings some relief for the Lions.

Can the altitude factor aide the 14-man Lions here in the last 13 minutes?

05 Aug 17:27
64'- That was also Marx's last action in the game as he is subbed by Akker van der Merwe.
05 Aug 17:26

64'- CONVERSION slotted by Jantjies.

Lions 10-25 Crusaders

05 Aug 17:25
63'- TRY to the Lions as hooker Malcom Marx barges over near the corner. It came after relentless attack from the home side.
05 Aug 17:24
62'- Another penalty at scrum time but this time it goes in favour of the home side. Jantjies sets up another lineout in the red zone...
05 Aug 17:22

61'- Lions sub as Faf de Klerk replaces Ross Cronje at scrumhalf. Can he add some spark to the Lions attack?

05 Aug 17:21
60'- Yet again incredible defence from the Crusaders at the lineout. Another turnover!
05 Aug 17:21
60'- Moments later the Lions get another lineout in the red zone. It came after great breaks from Janse van Rensburg and Marx, before the hosts won a penalty when kicking up-field...
05 Aug 17:19
58'- But the Lions chance goes begging as the Crusaders steal the lineout - none other than All Black skipper Kieran Read...
05 Aug 17:18
57'- Another penalty for the Lions allows Jantjies to set up a lineout five metres out.
05 Aug 17:17
56'- The Lions win a penalty after a high hit on Janse van Rensburg. It allows Jantjies to set up a lineout inside the Crusaders 22m area...
05 Aug 17:15
54'- Lions subs: Andries Ferreira and Harold Vorster off, replaced by Lourens Erasmus and Rohan Janse van Rensburg.
05 Aug 17:14
53'- A great break from Kriel sets up Skosan out wide, but Mo'unga's try-saving tackle saves the day for the visitors...
05 Aug 17:12

51'- Easy PENALTY slotted by Mo'unga.

Lions 3-25 Crusaders

05 Aug 17:11
51'- A scrum penalty for the Crusaders after Ruan Dreyer is pinged for collapsing.
05 Aug 17:11


Ryan Crotty has scored 5 tries in his last four matches against the Lions - all at Ellis Park...

05 Aug 17:10

49'- However, desperate defence from the Lions sees them win a turnover.

Great to still see the effort from the Lions on defence, but they are up against it here.

  • 80'

    The siren sounds and the Crusaders kick it out. The celebrations can begin for the men from Christchurch. It is their eighth title. They meant business from the first minute and will deservedly lift the trophy. One must feel sorry for the Lions as they are halted at the last hurdle for the second year running. They showed lots of fight in the last 20 minutes but ultimately the 14 men came up short

  • 80'


  • 79'

    De Klerk knocks on with one minute to play. All but over for the Lions in this final

  • 77'

    Jantjies kicks the penalty in the Crusaders 22. They need to score, and fast if they want to pull this remarkable comeback off

  • 73'

    CONVERSION, LIONS, JANTJIES! 17-25: He adds the extra two with ease. The Lions need to score twice still but they have all the momentum

  • 72'

    TRY, LIONS, FOURIE! 15-25: Scintillating rugby from the home side. Mapoe makes the initial break before Coetzee is hauled down short of the line. But it's the reserve front rower who muscles his way over under the posts

  • 69'

    Mostert darts through a gap but he cannot stay on his feet and collapses 10 metres short. The Crusaders defense is at sixes and sevens but Janse van Rensburg coughs it up with the try line begging

  • 65'

    CONVERSION, LIONS, JANTJIES! 10-25: Jantjies sends the ball through the center of the posts from the right touchline. Can they pull off the comeback of all comebacks?

  • 64'

    TRY, LIONS, MARX! 8-25: de Klerk throws a long pass before Combrinck goes close. The covering Crusaders cannot stop the big hooker

  • 62'

    A little bit of handbags after the latest scrum. Peyper clears the ruffians away and Jantjies has a chance to set up an attacking lineout

  • 59'

    Two lineouts later and the Lions find themselves tracking 70 metres backwards as Crotty clears well

  • 57'

    The Lions set up a lineout in the Crusaders 22. It is now or never for the home side

  • 53'

    PENALTY, CRUSADERS, MO'UNGA! 3-25: Easy enough for Mo'unga as he extends the lead to three converted tries

  • 51'

    Illegal scrummaging is the latest offense from the Lions which sets up a sure three points for Mo'unga

  • 48'

    Both teams partake in a kicking battle before Crotty decides to test out the Lions defense. It folds once again as he skips past several tackles before eventually being hauled down five metres short

  • 44'

    CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, MO'UNGA! 3-22: Mo'unga takes two steps and pops over the extras

  • 43'

    TRY, CRUSADERS, READ! 3-20: What ever was said in the changeroom at half time by the Lions coaching staff did not work. The Crusaders backline show quick hands in midfield with the latest pass finding Read who bursts through Combrinck''s tackle and is in under the posts

  • 42'

    Matt Todd wins a penalty and Mo'unga sticks the Crusaders deep into Lions territory

  • 41'

    The whistle sounds and the Lions get us underway in this second half

  • 40'

    PENALTY, CRUSADERS, MO'UNGA! 3-15: Mo'unga extends the lead as the hooter sounds

  • 40'

    Many pundits tipped the Lions to be too strong at home but the Crusaders have dominated the first half. They are certainly in the driving seat considering the Lions are down to 14 men.

  • 40'


  • 39'

    Big trouble here for the Lions. Havili jumps brilliantly to claim the high ball but Kwagga Smith connects with him in the air. Both players look to be in a spot of bother. Smith can go nurse that in the changeroom because he is off! RED CARD!

  • 35'

    The Crusaders trademark this Super Rugby campaign has been their ability to absorb pressure. Again, they force a penalty with the Lions baring down on their try line

  • 33'

    Deliberate knock on from Taufua with numbers out wide. Surely a yellow card offence, but he gets away with rap on the knuckles from Peyper. The Lions kick into the corner

  • 30'

    The Crusaders rumble it up in amongst the forwards before a Crotty crash ball breaches the Lions defence. He goes over but is held up. Eventually the home side clear their lines

  • 27'

    PENALTY, LIONS, JANTJIES! 3-12: Jantjies gets the home side on the scoreboard with a sweetly struck penalty

  • 24'

    Havili has a pot at goal from no less than 55 metres. He gives it a fair bit of leather but it veers right and safely into the grateful arms of a Lions defender.

  • 21'

    The Lions are losing the territorial game thus far as this time Skosan is forced to kick. The ball skews off the wingers boot.

  • 17'

    The 'Saders and Dagg would have been in for their third try albeit for a try saving tackle from Skosan

  • 15'

    Mistake by Mapoe as he knocks on in the Crusaders 22. Hall spots no one at home for the Lions and kicks down field. It's the big man Mostert who tracks back, he gathers but is forced into touch

  • 12'

    TRY, CRUSADERS, GOODHUE! 0-12: The Lions crowd is completely silenced now. Jantjies kicked the restart straight out of play and the Crusaders capitalise from the scrum. Taylor made some good yards which opened up space for Goodhue on the left wing. This time Mo''unga misses from out wide.

  • 9'

    CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, MO''UNGA! 0-7: Beautiful kick from the left hand touchline by the Crusaders number ten

  • 8'

    TRY, CRUSADERS, TAMANIVALU! 0-5: The Crusaders turnover Lions ball deep in their own half. Hall shifts it to the blindside and Tamanivalu shows he's got jet shoes as he sprints in unopposed

  • 5'

    The Lions put together some phases before Jantjies tries a drop goal. It is well wide in the end.

  • 3'

    You sense a bit of nerves in the early exchanges as both teams are playing their cards close to their chest. Combrinck's kick is gathered by Dagg and clears toward the halfway line.

  • 1'

    The crowd erupts as Jaco Peyper's whistle sounds. We're underway at Emirates Airline Park!

  • 0'

    Hello and welcome to the Super Rugby final where the Lions and the Crusaders battle it out to be named the 2017 champions. No one could argue that their place is not deserved with both teams only losing one game each

  • 0'

    The stats lean in the Lions? favour and with South African teams having won 9 of their last 12 finals at home to New Zealand sides

  • 0'

    The Lions have named an unchanged matchday 23. On the back of a come-from-behind 44-29 victory over the Hurricanes in the semi-final. The Crusaders are boosted by the fact Read and Franks have both been passed fit after suffering injuries in their semi-final

  • 0'

    LIONS XI: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronjé, 8 Ruan Ackermann, 7 Kwagga Smith, 6 Jaco Kriel (c), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Jacques van Rooyen

  • 0'

    CRUSADERS XI: 15 David Havili, 14 Israel Dagg, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Seta Tamanivalu, 10 Richie Mo?unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Sam Whitelock (c), 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody

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Lions Crusaders
  • 2 Tries 3
    • 63' Malcolm Marx
    • 72' Corne Fourie
    • 7' Seta Tamanivalu
    • 11' Jack Goodhue
    • 42' Kieran Read
  • 2 Conversions 2
    • 64' Elton Jantjies
    • 72' Elton Jantjies
    • 8' Richie Mo''unga
    • 43' Richie Mo''unga
  • 1 Penalties 2
    • 26' Elton Jantjies
    • 40' Richie Mo''unga
    • 52' Richie Mo''unga
  • 0 Drop Goals 0
  • 0 Yellow Cards 0
  • 1 Red Cards 0
    • 38' Kwagga Smith
Team Line-ups
  • Jacques Van Rooyen
  • Malcolm Marx
  • Ruan Dreyer
  • Andries Ferreira
  • Franco Mostert
  • Jaco Kriel
  • Kwagga Smith
  • Ruan Ackermann
  • Ross Cronje
  • Elton Jantjies
  • Courtnall Skosan
  • Harold Vorster
  • Lionel Mapoe
  • Ruan Combrinck
  • Andries Coetzee
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • Joe Moody
  • Codie Taylor
  • Owen Franks
  • Scott Barrett
  • Sam Whitelock
  • Jordan Taufua
  • Matt Todd
  • Kieran Read
  • Bryn Hall
  • Richie Mo'unga
  • Seta Tamanivalu
  • Ryan Crotty
  • Jack Goodhue
  • Israel Dagg
  • David Kaetau Havili
  • Armand van der Merwe
  • Corne Fourie
  • Johannes Jonker
  • Lourens Erasmus
  • Cyle Brink
  • Francois de Klerk
  • Sylvian Mahuza
  • Rohan Janse van Rensburg
  • 16
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  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • Ben Funnell
  • Wyatt Crockett
  • Michael Alaalatoa
  • Luke Romano
  • Peter Samu
  • Mitchell Drummond
  • Mitch Hunt
  • George Bridge

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