Super Rugby Final:Will it be the Lions or Crusaders?


On Saturday 5 August 2017,the Super Rugby season will come to a conclusion when the Lions and the Crusaders clash in the final in Johannesburg.
In what will be the first final in Johannesburg,the Lions will be buoyed by the fact that they had to stage a comeback in the semi final after trailing the Hurricanes 22-10 at the break to eventually win 44-29 in a thrilling contest.
The Crusaders sailed to the final after seeing off Chiefs 27-13 in the other semi final.
In the past 5 meetings between the two sides,the Crusaders enjoy a superior head to head record having claimed 4 wins while the Lions havw won on only one occasion.
Last five meetings
2016:Lions 42-25 Crusaders
2016:Lions 37-43 Crusaders
2015:Crusaders 34-6 Lions
2014:Lions 7-28 Crusaders
2012:Lions 13-23 Crusaders
Lions
15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Ruan Ackermann, 7 Kwagga Smith, 6 Jaco Kriel (captain), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Jacques van Rooyen
Substitutes: 16 Akker van der Merwe, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Cyle Brink, 21 Faf de Klerk, 22 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 23 Sylvian Mahuza
Crusaders
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 (captain), 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody
Substitutes: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Mike Alaalatoa, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Pete Samu, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 George Bridge

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