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The Lions will be looking to upset the odds in a repeat of last year’s Super Rugby final when they face the Crusaders at AMI Stadium in Christchurch on Saturday.
Swys de Bruin’s men come up against a Crusaders side that hasn’t lost a play-off fixture at home in 20 consecutive matches. Meanwhile, the defending champions have won nine of their last 10 fixtures against the Lions.
But the South African side will take confidence from the fact that each of the Crusaders’ last three wins have come by a margin of no greater than eight points.
This game will mark the first time in Super Rugby history that consecutive finals have been contested by the same teams, with the Crusaders pulling off a 25-17 win over the Lions in the 2017 edition.
The sides have met since that 2017 final, with the Crusaders emerging 14-8 victors in Johannesburg in Round Seven earlier this season. That was a third loss in four games at the time for the Lions, who looked like a shadow of their former selves. However, they have sorted out those early season woes and look the formidable outfit of the past three seasons once again.
The Lions undoubtedly have the best driving maul in the competition and a scrum probably only bettered by the Crusaders, so it should be a titanic battle up front.
However, the men from Johannesburg must improve on their tackle success rate of 82 percent if they are to stifle the Crusaders’ lethal attack that has scored 86 tries, second only to the Lions’ tally of 87 for the season.
The Crusaders are brilliant starters, whereas the Lions are poor in the early exchanges, having gone behind in their last three matches against the Bulls, Jaguares and Waratahs only to emerge victorious on each occasion.
The Lions know that they can ill-afford to start poorly again, as the Crusaders are far less likely to let them back into the game.
It will be interesting to see how the Crusaders will deal with the Lions’ driving maul and whether they will be able to stop this threat legally. Needless to say, 33-year-old Angus Gardner will have a big task on his hands in his maiden Super Rugby final.