It's that time of year again. The Super Rugby final kicks off in Christchurch on Saturday night and the Crusaders are chasing a third title in a row. Their opponents on the other hand, the Jaguares who only joined the competition in 2016, are chasing a maiden title. Who would have thought, at the start of the season, the boys from Argentina would be making the trip to Christchurch for the big dance? Super Rugby 2019: Jaguares add 100 more test caps to starting line-up for final Super Rugby 2019: Braydon Ennor, Mitchell Dunshea promoted to Crusaders starting line-up The Christchurch City Council is advising those heading to the final showdown to plan ahead, with a sellout crowd expected. Whether you're heading to the game at Orangetheory Stadium, or keen to stay in the warm while still soaking up the atmosphere - then look no further. Here's what you need to know: Want to soak up the pre-match atmosphere and tuck into a pint before the game? Speight's Ale House Tower Junction is just … [Read more...] about Super Rugby final: What you need to know
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Canterbury Crusaders have suffered a double blow ahead of Saturday's Super Rugby final against Argentina's Jaguares, with Ryan Crotty and Scott Barrett both suffering injuries that will also end their Rugby Championship hopes. The Crusaders said veteran centre Crotty suffered a broken thumb in an intense semi-final against Wellington Hurricanes, while fellow All Black Barrett broke his index finger. They are set to be out for eight and six weeks respectively, meaning they will also miss the Rugby Championship, which begins later this month and ends mid-August. The injury brings to an end Crotty's 11-year career with the Crusaders as he will head to Japan next season to play with Kubota Spears in the Top League. The Crusaders are chasing their third straight Super Rugby crown, and 10th overall, while the Jaguares are contesting their first title decider. Crotty and Barrett will both hope to be fit for the All Blacks Test against Tonga in Hamilton on September 7, the team's final warm-up … [Read more...] about Crusaders lose injured Crotty, Barrett for Super Rugby final
Date created : 29/06/2019 - 04:16 Buenos Aires (AFP) Matias Orlando scored twice and Joaquin Diaz Bonilla kicked 14 points as the Argentine Jaguares routed the Australian ACT Brumbies 39-7 Friday to reach their first Super Rugby final.The South Americans scored 20 unanswered points within 20 minutes of the semi-final in Buenos Aires, led 20-7 at half-time and added three more tries during the second half.Entering the semi-final after six straight victories, the Jaguares reacted to a 30,000 singing, clapping crowd by winning far more comfortably than expected.Despite the long flight across the Pacific, the Brumbies were hopeful of making it to the final for a fourth time having won seven consecutive matches to reach the penultimate stage.But they struggled in the lineouts and held an advantage only at the scrums, where they won several penalties and shoved the South Americans back several times. Competing in Super Rugby for only the fourth season, the Jaguares will face the … [Read more...] about Jaguares trample Brumbies to reach first Super Rugby final
Two of Leicester Tigers' forward signings for next season head into the weekend hoping that they will be coming face-to-face in the Super Rugby final. Second-row forward Tomas Lavanini, who will join Tigers later this year after the World Cup, lines up for the Jaguares in Buenos Aires shortly after midnight on Friday as they do battle with Australia's ACT Brumbies in the first of the competition's semi-finals. Then the focus of attention switches to New Zealand where the Crusaders meet the Hurricanes in the second semi-final in Christchurch on Saturday. That game will see back-row forward Jordan Taufua, whose signing for Tigers was announced as far back as February, in action from the Crusaders' bench. It will be a landmark game for Taufua, too. When the hard-running forward is sent into the game he will become the first Pacific Islander to make 100 appearances for the Crusaders. … [Read more...] about Could two Tigers new boys face off in Super Rugby final?
Brief stories from this week's final round of Super Rugby regular season matches: - Playoff picture clear as mud - Super Rugby's ever-changing format and the soon-to-be-scrapped conference system have thrown up a dizzying range of permutations for when the playoffs begin. Going into this weekend's final round of fixtures, the four top teams -- Canterbury Crusaders, Jaguares, ACT Brumbies and Wellington Hurricanes -- are guaranteed home quarter-finals. But eight teams can still make the last four berths in the most open regular season finale in recent memory. Only Northern Bulls, currently fifth, are guaranteed to finish somewhere in the top eight. So it promises to be a nail-biting weekend for fans of the Golden Lions, Western Stormers, Melbourne Rebels, Coastal Sharks, Waikato Chiefs, Otago Highlanders and NSW Waratahs who all are in the running for the other three slots. - Retallick raring to go - All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick returns from injury to face the Rebels in Melbourne … [Read more...] about Eight-way fight and a failed gamble: Super Rugby talking points