RUGBY GAME SCHEDULE:
Date:August 4th, 2018
Vanu:AMI Stadium, Christchurch
Crusaders vs Lions,Live Stream Game: (Pro Rugby)
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Super rugby’s reigning champions the Crusaders start this weekend’s Super rugby final as strong favourites to defend the title they won last year by beating the same opposition as they will face this weekend.
The Crusaders host the Lions in a rematch of the 2017 Super rugby final although this time the Crusaders have the added benefit of having home advantage against a team that have had to travel and had less time to prepare.
The Lions played their Semi-final after the Crusaders so while they have both reached the final the Lions had almost a day less to prepare for this match and have also had to fly across the Southern Hemisphere.
If home advantage and the Lions having to travel are not enough to swing the odds in favour of the Crusaders then a glance at the results between the teams is enough to scare even the strongest of Lions fans.
The Crusaders beat the Lions 25-17 in last year’s final and then more recently 14-8 and in both of those matches the Lions had home advantage and were playing at altitude.
Overall these teams have met 20 times in Super rugby and the Crusaders have won all but four matches. The teams have met 6 times in Christchurch and the Crusaders have won all six matches.
The average score when the Crusaders play the Lions in Christchurch is Crusaders 43 Lions 13.
This will be the Lions third consecutive Super rugby final which is quite some achievement even though they have lost both finals. Quite incredibly though this will be the Crusaders 13th appearance in a Super rugby final since 1998.
In the past twelve Super rugby finals the Crusaders have won 8 and lost four. The Crusaders have played four finals at home and have never lost in Christchurch.
Although the Crusaders have been regulars in Super rugby finals this will be the first time they have played a Final on home soil since 2008.
On average when the Crusaders play in a Super rugby final at home in Christchurch they win by a margin of ten points.
In 2018 the Lions have played 8 matches away from home and won three. They have also won their last three matches against all opposition.
The Crusaders have played 10 matches at home and won all 10. They have won their last 14 matches against all opposition.watch Now