Ninth Super Rugby title for Crusaders

07 August 2018 | Sports

Richie Mo'unga pulled all the strings as the Canterbury Crusaders beat the Golden Lions 37-18 to claim a ninth Super Rugby title and their second in a row on Saturday.

The defending champions, who started as red-hot favourites in Christchurch, produced an heroic defensive effort with Mo'unga clinically engineering the points when chances arose. The fly-half had a hand in all the scoring moves as the Crusaders led 20-6 at half-time and then responded with a try after both of the Lions' tries in the second period.

The South African visitors enjoyed nearly two-thirds of possession and territory throughout the final, but could not produce the variety of play to crack the Crusaders' defence. Six times when they tried their most potent weapon, the driving maul, they were pushed back.

“To do it last year and do it again was pretty special,” said coach Scott Robertson who celebrated with his trademark breakdance. “Our maul defence was huge. It had to be. If they had scored two or three times they win. For us as group it depends how much you care. We won it on defence last year and did it again this year.”

Robertson was especially pleased that with the game won the Crusaders spent more than two minutes at the end without letting the Lions in.

“You know your team is tight when they do that,” he said.

Lions skipper Warren Whiteley said that as much as he was disappointed at losing a third consecutive five, the Crusaders were the better team. “Obviously I'm gutted, a bit emotional to be honest,” he said. “We gave it everything out there and credit must go to the Crusaders they were unbelievable. Everything we threw at them they stopped. We tried everything, threw the kitchen sink at them and they deserved this win.”

The Crusaders outscored the Lions by four converted tries to two and man-of-the-match Mo'unga added three penalties as Super Rugby's dominant side stretched their winning streak to 15 matches.

The Lions have a reputation for being slow starters, but a year on, they were fired up at the start and applied the early pressure. – Nampa/AFP

Similar News


Karate training for kids

2 days ago - 15 October 2018 | Sports

Young karateka of the Namibia Children's Home (NCH) recently received a big donation towards karate training.The FirstRand Namibia Foundation Trust donated N$104 000 towards the...

Chess academy launches website

2 days ago - 15 October 2018 | Sports

The Fianchetto Chess Academy launched its website in the capital on Thursday evening.Fianchetto is the brainchild of two young Namibian women and renowned international chess...

Adri does Omeya proud

2 days ago - 15 October 2018 | Sports

Adri Pienaar (pictured) of Omeya Golf Club ensured that Namibia was once again represented at the top of the leader board after the first round...

Circuit racing thrills

2 days ago - 15 October 2018 | Sports

Windhoek Motor Club (WMC) hosted their final circuit race of the year at the Tony Rust Race Track last Saturday, with local drivers dominating over...

Karateka head overseas

2 days ago - 15 October 2018 | Sports

The Namibia Karate Union (NAKU) heads to Spain next month where they participate in the WKF Senior World Karate Championships for the first time.The team...

Women's Super League underway

2 days ago - 15 October 2018 | Sports

The Namibia Football Association's Skorpion Zinc Women's Super League is currently underway, with ten teams from the Khomas, Omaheke and Erongo regions competing for their...

Navy teams battle for supremacy

2 days ago - 15 October 2018 | Sports

Otis FinckThe 14th Navy sport games took place in Walvis Bay this week.This year’s edition of the annual event consisted of a netball match as...

Sewesspan rook nie die pyp

2 days ago - 15 October 2018 | Sports

Andrew Poolman - Nederlae in beide hul groepwedstryde het gister klaargespeel met Namibië se hoop om sy merk te maak by Rugby Afrika se kontinentale...

England wins

2 days ago - 15 October 2018 | Sports

England's Chris Woakes, left, celebrates the dismissal of Sri Lanka's Dinesh Chandimal with his team mates during their second one-day international cricket match in Dambulla,...

England wins by 31 runs

2 days ago - 15 October 2018 | Sports

Half-centuries by captain Eoin Morgan and Joe Root set up England's win over Sri Lanka on the Duckworth/Lewis method in another rain-hit one-day international yesterday.England...

Latest News

Klein idee, groot verskil

2 days ago - 15 October 2018 | Environment

'n Oogkundige het besef Namibië het die wêreldwye reuse-plastiekprobleem nie vrygespring nie, en die land moes lankal reeds iets doen om te verseker dit ruk...

Betoging stopgesit

2 days ago - 15 October 2018 | Society

Rehobothers het beplan om Vrydag tot by die dorpsraad te betoog om 'n petisie te oorhanding oor die voorwaardes waaronder erwe op die dorp verkoop...

SHAF to help with housing

2 days ago - 15 October 2018 | Infrastructure

The managing director of Shelter Afrique (SHAF), Andrew Chimphondah, said the organisation is willing to help Namibia address its housing problems.He made this statement earlier...

4x4s battle it out

2 days ago - 15 October 2018 | Events

Next Saturday (20 October), it's the Battle of the Brands for Cancer at the Benguella Angling Club in Olympia.This Land Rover Owners (LRON) initiative calls...

Waste facility opens in WHK

2 days ago - 15 October 2018 | Infrastructure

The Windhoek municipality is tasked with the responsibility of ensuring that all waste generated within the city is managed so as to minimise its potential...

Shoprite maak skoon

2 days ago - 15 October 2018 | Environment

Terwyl baie inwoners luilekker op 'n Saterdag agteroor lê en bietjie sport kyk, het een besigheid op Rehoboth besluit om die tyd beter te benut...

Rehobothers woeker met begraafplaas

2 days ago - 15 October 2018 | Infrastructure

Hoewel die begraafplaas projek op Rehoboth tans sloer, het dit tot dusver baie goed verloop en is die projekleiers tevrede met hulle vordering.“Die ou begraafplaas...

Honderde sien weer beter

2 days ago - 15 October 2018 | Health

Yolanda Nel – Daar het letterlik honderde mense Donderdag by die Windhoek sentrale hospitaal opgedaag ná oogkundiges kragte saamgesnoer het om oogtoetse teen N$20 aan...

Halfway on, world off mark...

2 days ago - 15 October 2018 | Health

Moses Magadza - A senior United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) official says although notable progress has been made against the disease, the...

Load More