Crusaders beat 14 man Lions to win Super Rugby title


The Crusaders won the Super Rugby title for the first time since 2008 after beating the Lions 25-17 at the Ellis Park in Johannesburg on Saturday August 5 2017.
Seta Tamanivalu ran down the sideline to touch down for the Saders before Mounga converted.Jack Goodhue then extended the Saders lead with yet another try taking the scores to 12-0.
Playing at home,the Lions reduced the deficit courtesy of a penalty by Jantjies.Havili then squandered a chance to extend the Crusaders lead as his penalty kick from 50 meters out went wide.
The hosts were dealt a major blow when their number 7 Kwaga Smith was red carded for taking out Dave Havili in the air before the Saders scored a penalty to take a 15-3 advantage to the break.
The Saders continued the second period from where they had left off as Kieran Read went over the whitewash before they added a penalty to take a 25-3 lead.
The Lions then cut the deficit to 15 points as Malcom Marx touched with the conversion being successful.
Despite being a man less the Lions pushed forward as Corn Fourie touched down but that was not enough as the Crusaders ran away 25-17 winners.

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