The Crusaders are champions of Super Rugby Aotearoa however we still have 2 games to go. When these games will take place we aren’t sure at the moment due to the change in alert levels.
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Highlanders v Hurricanes – Hurricanes by 3
After the Crusaders win in Dunedin, New Zealand Sport Radio regular Steve said that no one else would come down and win under the roof. Well the Blues have already proved that to be wrong. The Landers have out in another good performance against the Saders so should we now believe that they can pick up a win against someone who’s not the Chiefs?
I’m afraid not. Ever since Jordie and Dane have returned to help shoulder the leadership with TJ and Ardie has got his match fitness the Canes have looked a very good team.
If it wasn’t for losing the opening two games of this competition we could have seen the title and wonderful trophy heading to the Capital.
Blues v Crusaders – Crusaders by 3
The final that isn’t a final. The Blues will still be up for this game as winning it would be a big step in their improvement. It’s been a while (Saders have won 12 on the bounce) since the Blues have beaten the Crusaders and this would be a sign that they have taken another step forward.
For the Crusaders it’s about keeping the Blues in their place. The trophy did get dropped and they won’t want to be dropping the ball on this game. The problem is that there isn’t as much riding on this game so will there be a drop in standards even if subconsciously?
Bye – Chiefs
It’s been a shocking tournament fo the Chiefs. 8 games and 8 losses mean that this is a season that they will want to forget after it promised so much pre-COVID. The difference has been marked and with Gatland heading off to the British & Irish Lions will he be wanted back?
Yes and also he’s too expensive to payoff but it will be interesting to see what happens if Clayton McMillan goes well as the interim head coach next season.
Record So Far
10 from 16 or 63% so far, I’m having a poor Super Rugby Aotearoa.