Aug 042017
 

Watch Super Rugby Final Lions vs Crusaders Live Streaming Free 2017 Online Rugby Union, at Emirates Airlines Park, Johannesburg, South Africa, Saturday, 05 August 2017, Time 24:00 (AEDT). Welcome to watch Lions vs Crusaders super rugby 2017 all match live stream online on your pc/laptop. Do not wait to access this HD link, when the game is mostly over and you will get live scores and highlights. All the matches are being streaming here; just catch the game from your desktop or laptop Internet. So, Catch the Lions vs Crusaders Live Streaming online coverage on Fox Sports,Sky Sports, SuperSport, DIRECTV, BSkyB, Setanta.

The focus should be on the fact we have the two best teams in the competition this year battling it out in what could be an epic fixture.

Losing a total of just two games in their 34 combined this season means there can be no arguments these two have not deserved a place in the final. It’s lethal attack taking on an incredible defence this weekend and Saturday promises to be an absorbing contest from the off.

The Lions’ come-from-behind victory over the Hurricanes showed just how far they have come and their performances in the final quarter of matches this term should be a big concern for the Crusaders – they’ve scored 30 tries in the closing 20 minutes, more than any other side.

On paper it seems plenty is leaning in the Lions’ favour and with South African teams having won 9 of their last 12 finals at home to New Zealand sides, it looks to be a tough ask for the visitors to upset their hosts. Are they about to give Johan Ackermann an ideal send-off?

Standing in their path is New Zealand’s strongest side this year, who have built their game on solid defence, which was typified in their quarter and semi-final. The Round 12 shut-out of a Hurricanes side that had averaged seven tries per game before their meeting was another that proved this team is the real deal under new head coach Scott Robertson. If they can replicate that then the title could go their way.

It would be an eighth Super Rugby trophy for the Crusaders, but to achieve that they must do something no team has done since 2000; win a final outside their own country. They have also lost their last two final appearances which Robertson and co. will be desperate to change.

The Lions meanwhile will have last year’s final defeat in their minds and will no doubt use that as an extra driving force as they look to repeat 2016’s eliminator performance against this very opponent. However, these Crusaders are much improved under Robertson this season.

The Lions were too good for the Crusaders in last year’s quarter-final, winning 42-25 thanks to tries from Courtnall Skosan, Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Malcolm Marx, Ruan Combrinck and Ross Cronjé. Elton Jantjies kicked 17 points in the victory. In reply the Crusaders’ try-scorers were Ryan Crotty, Mitchell Drummond and a late crossing from Ben Volavola with the game already gone.

The Lions are on a 14-match winning streak at the moment after they bounced back from an away loss to Jaguares way back on March 11. Meanwhile the Crusaders suffered their only defeat of the season to the Hurricanes on July 15 but have responded well in the knockouts.

Prediction: We’re in for a thriller of a final, possibly one of the best ever, in Johannesburg. And it’s a home win for us. Lions by three.

Players List:
Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronjé, 8 Ruan Ackermann, 7 Kwagga Smith, 6 Jaco Kriel (c), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Jacques van Rooyen.

Replacements: 16 Akker van der Merwe, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Cyle Brink, 21 Faf de Klerk, 22 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 23 Sylvian Mahuza.

Crusaders: 15 David Havili, 14 Israel Dagg, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Seta Tamanivalu, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Sam Whitelock (c), 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody.

Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Mike Alaalatoa, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Pete Samu, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 George Bridge.

Jul 282017
 

Watch Super Rugby Crusaders vs Chiefs Live Streaming Free 2017 Online Rugby Union Super Rugby Semi Finals, at AMI Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand, Saturday, 29 July 2017, Time 17:35 (AEDT). Welcome to watch Crusaders vs Chiefs super rugby 2017 all match live stream online on your pc/laptop. Do not wait to access this HD link, when the game is mostly over and you will get live scores and highlights. All the matches are being streaming here; just catch the game from your desktop or laptop Internet. So, Catch the Crusaders vs Chiefs Live Streaming online coverage on Fox Sports,Sky Sports, SuperSport, DIRECTV, BSkyB, Setanta.

With nine titles between them, this match-up will pit Super Rugby royalty against each other. The Crusaders are the most successful side in the competition’s history although the last of their seven titles was won way back in 2008.

Under the guidance of head coach Scott Robertson, who replaced Todd Blackadder at the start of the season, they have been in superb form all year and apart from a Round 17 defeat to the Hurricanes in Wellington, they have won all their matches this season.

The Chiefs won back-to-back titles in 2012 and 2013 under head cosch Dave Rennie, who is determined to finish this year’s campaign on a high as he will be leaving the Hamilton-based franchise to coach Glasgow Warriors when the competition ends.

These sides head into this clash with plenty of confidence as they delivered impressive performances in their respctive quarter-final victories.

The Crusaders were superb in their 17-0 win over the Highlanders in atrocious weather conditions. The performance of the Crusaders forwards was particularly impressive and the manner in which they dispatched of their Highlanders counterparts has earned praise from Rennie who hailed them as the best pack in the competition.

With seasoned All Blacks like Kieran Read, Sam Whitelock and Joe Moody leading the way, the Christchurch faithful will be hoping for a repeat performance although in Brodie Retallick, Liam Messam and Sam Cane the Chiefs also have experienced campaigners and, like the aforementioned trio, they too have shone for the world champions at Test level.

The Chiefs, by contrast had to dig deep to claim a 17-11 victory over the Stormers in their semi-final in Cape Town and the after effects of their long trip back to New Zealand could have a bearing on this game’s outcome.

This will be the third Finals meeting between these teams after they met in the semi-finals of both 2012 and 2013, the Chiefs earning victories in both but by no more than three points on either occasion.

The Crusaders were victorious when these teams met in Round 13 this season, their first win against the Chiefs since 2014; and they’ll now be looking for back-to-back wins against them for the first time since Round 14 in 2011.

Players List:
Crusaders: 15 David Havili, 14 Israel Dagg, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Seta Tamanivalu, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Sam Whitelock (c), 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody.

Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Michael Alaalatoa, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Pete Samu, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 George Bridge.

Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Tim Nanai-Williams, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Charlie Ngatai, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden (cc), 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Michael Leitch, 7 Sam Cane (cc), 6 Liam Messam, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Mitchell Brown, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Kane Hames.

Replacements: 16 Liam Polwart, 17 Aidan Ross, 18 Atu Moli, 19 Dominic Bird, 20 Lachlan Boshier, 21 Finlay Christie, 22 Stephen Donald, 23 Shaun Stevenson.

Jul 212017
 

Free Super Rugby Crusaders vs Highlanders Live Streaming 2017 Online Super Rugby Qualifiers Rugby Union, at AMI Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand, Saturday, 22 July 2017, Time 17:35 (AEDT). Welcome to watch Crusaders vs Highlanders super rugby 2017 all match live stream online on your pc/laptop. Do not wait to access this HD link, when the game is mostly over and you will get live scores and highlights. All the matches are being streaming here; just catch the game from your desktop or laptop Internet. So, Catch the Crusaders vs Highlanders Live Streaming online coverage on Fox Sports,Sky Sports, SuperSport, DIRECTV, BSkyB, Setanta.

The Crusaders enter under the unfamiliar cloud of defeat after they suffered a first loss of the Super Rugby season at the hands of the Hurricanes last week. Many will say it was better then than now and they will hope to bounce back with purpose at home this Saturday.

The Highlanders’ only loss since March 18 came against the Crusaders and that was because of that last ditch Mitch Hunt drop-goal. They’ve been in excellent form of late and enter on the back of a 40-17 hammering of the Reds in Dunedin. They also beat the British & Irish Lions.

The second Super Rugby Qualifier comes from Christchurch where the Crusaders and Highlanders battle it out in what should be an epic game.

An added time drop-goal from Mitch Hunt separated the sides in June and before that it was again three points the difference with the men from AMI Stadium coming out on top on both occasions. Prior to that though it was the Highlanders that had boasted back-to-back successes.

Yet again this should be a close encounter between these 2017 contenders as the Crusaders hunt that elusive eighth title while the Dunedin side look to repeat their 2015 triumph and get their hands on the coveted prize. Both are looking like genuine challengers for the trophy.

The Crusaders of course have lost just one match this Super Rugby campaign but the Highlanders have been progressing very nicely under the radar and have lost only one of their last 11 games. Their form has echoes of that title winning year when few expected them to go all the way but they turned it on when it mattered and once again it is their under-rated pack that continues to impress, skills wise especially.

Both will look to play with tempo which is great for the spectators but it’s unfortunate the weather forecast shows rain is expected, both on Friday and Saturday, which hopefully won’t detract from the spectacle. If it does limit expansive games and force the sides into a more forward oriented clash, one has to feel the Crusaders will be the happier side of the two, with their refreshed All Blacks back in action.

Kieran Read is also fit for this fixture which might also give the Crusaders an edge but in knockout rugby, anything can happen and we all know these Highlanders will back themselves and relish the underdog tag. It promises to be a bruising and breathless contest this weekend.

The last time these teams met: What a finish it was in Christchurch in June as Mitch Hunt’s late, dramatic drop-goal saw the Crusaders win 25-22. Mitchell Drummond, Seta Tamanivalu and Heiden Bedwell-Curtis crossed for the Crusaders while for the Highlanders their try-scorers were Richard Buckman and Waisake Naholo (2). It looked to be heading for a 22-22 draw but up stepped Hunt from long range with that drop.

Players to watch: The return of Ryan Crotty is huge for the Crusaders. His combination with young Jack Goodhue was deadly in their recent meeting with the Highlanders and they’ll hope to get the better of Rob Thompson and Malakai Fekitoa once again this week. Crotty’s smart lines and the ever-improving Goodhue’s intelligence with ball in hand could prove vital in Christchurch. Also watch out for Scott Barrett.

How can we not pick Waisake Naholo? He has scored a brace against the Crusaders in four successive clashes and will surely be a marked man on Saturday. It’s interesting the Crusaders have decided to move Seta Tamanivalu over to the other wing so he faces Naholo, with the much lighter George Bridge benched. The Crusaders will hope that helps limit the damage Naholo can cause but any sniff and he will punish them.

Players List:
Crusaders: 15 David Havili, 14 Israel Dagg, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Seta Tamanivalu, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Sam Whitelock (c), 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody.

Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Mike Alaalatoa, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Pete Samu, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 George Bridge.

Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith (c), 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Rob Thompson, 11 Richard Buckman, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 James Lentjes, 6 Liam Squire, 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Jackson Hemopo, 3 Siate Tokolahi, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Daniel Lienert-Brown.

Replacements: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Aki Seiuli, 18 Siosuia Halanukonuka, 19 Alex Ainley, 20 Gareth Evans, 21 Elliot Dixon, 22 Kayne Hammington, 23 Marty Banks.

Jun 022017
 

Watch Super Rugby Crusaders vs Highlanders Live Streaming Free 2017 Online Rugby Union, at AMI Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand, Saturday, 03 June 2017, Time 12:35 (AEDT). Welcome to watch Crusaders vs Highlanders super rugby 2017 all match live stream online on your pc/laptop. Do not wait to access this HD link, when the game is mostly over and you will get live scores and highlights. All the matches are being streaming here; just catch the game from your desktop or laptop Internet. So, Catch the Crusaders vs Highlanders Live Streaming online coverage on Fox Sports,Sky Sports, SuperSport, DIRECTV, BSkyB, Setanta.

It’s now 13 wins from 13 outings this season for the Saders who have this game followed by a visit to the Hurricanes in Wellington after the internationals to come. Despite the foot perfect record they haven’t shaken off the Lions when it comes to securing top spot overall so there can be no let up despite holding an 11 point advantage in the New Zealand Conference. The Saders won their four earlier New Zealand derby matches this season by margins of three to nine points. The narrowest of those wins came in the first meeting with the Highlanders when the Crusaders launched a late fightback to pinch the win. Two of the derby matches were staged in Christchurch and they saw the Blues (33-24) and the Hurricanes (20-12) leave empty handed.

The Highlanders have put together a nine match winning streak and all bar one of those victories came against sides outside of New Zealand. They beat the Waratahs 44-28 in Dunedin last weekend, a result which saw them move into third spot in the New Zealand Conference although they have played one game more than both the Chiefs (4th) and the Hurricanes (2nd). In New Zealand derby matches this season the Highlanders beat the Blues at home and away but in addition to losing the first clash with the Saders they also went down (24-15) to the Chiefs in a home game and they were thumped by the Canes (41-15) in Wellington.

These sides met in Round 2 and a stunning fightback helped the Crusaders to secure a 30-27 win down in Dunedin. This after the Highlanders led 27-6 early in the second half. Seta Tamanivalu snatched the win with a try in the game’s closing stages. The Crusaders were also awarded a penalty try and their other five-pointers were scored by David Havili and Whetu Douglas. Waisake Naholo scored two tries for the Highlanders and Gareth Evans also dotted down.

The Crusaders are the only unbeaten team left in the competition and have won all 13 their previous matches. In their most recent matches, in the month of May, the beat the Bulls, Hurricanes, Chiefs and Rebels.

The Highlanders are currently on a nine-match winning streak and claimed narrow wins over the Cheetahs and Bulls on their South African tour at the start of May before beating the Western Force in Perth and the Waratahs at home last weekend.

Like their previous encounter, this one should be a humdinger and don’t be surprised if it also goes down to the wire. We’re backing the Crusaders to take it by three points again!

Players List:
Crusaders: 15 David Havili, 14 Seta Tamanivalu, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8 Jordan Taufua, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, 5 Sam Whitelock (c), 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody.

Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Michael Alaalatoa, 19 Quinten Strange, 20 Jed Brown, 21 Bryn Hall, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 Israel Dagg.

Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith (cc), 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Rob Thompson, 11 Richard Buckman, 10 Marty Banks, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 James Lentjes, 6 Gareth Evans, 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Alex Ainley, 3 Siate Tokolahi, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Daniel Lienert-Brown.

Replacements: 16 Ash Dixon (cc), 17 Aki Seiuli, 18 Siosuia Halanukonuka, 19 Joe Wheeler, 20 Elliot Dixon, 21 Kayne Hammington, 22 Lima Sopoaga, 23 Matt Faddes.

May 262017
 

Free Super Rugby Rebels vs Crusaders Live Streaming 2017 Online Rugby Union, at AAMI Park, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Saturday, 27 May 2017, Time 19:45 (AEDT). Welcome to watch Rebels vs Crusaders super rugby 2017 all match live stream online on your pc/laptop. Do not wait to access this HD link, when the game is mostly over and you will get live scores and highlights. All the matches are being streaming here; just catch the game from your desktop or laptop Internet. So, Catch the Rebels vs Crusaders Live Streaming online coverage on Fox Sports,Sky Sports, SuperSport, DIRECTV, BSkyB, Setanta.

The Rebels have cobbled together just eight log points this season from one win (home to the Brumbies), one draw (away to the Sharks) and a couple of losing bonus points (home to the Tahs and the Reds. They have already met the other four New Zealand sides and they were beaten of sight by the Highlanders in Dunedin and the Canes in Wellington whilst the Blues won 56-18 at this stadium back in Round 1. The closest they have come to a NZ side came in Round 4 when the Chiefs were here, a game the Rebels lost 27-14.

The Crusaders are threatening to go through the whole of the regular season with a 100% record. After this they have two tough tests at home to the Highlanders and away to the Hurricanes but they keep clearing every hurdle put in their way, most recently local derby matches at home to the Canes (20-12) and last week’s 31-24 win over the Chiefs in Suva. The Saders have beaten four other Australian sides this season including bonus point wins at home to the Force (45-17) and away to the Waratahs (41-22) but early in the campaign they had to work harder to see off the Brumbies in Christchurch (17-13) and the Reds in Brisbane (22-20).

It was a procession for the Crusaders in their 2016 game as they ran in 13 tries to win 85-26. Sam Whitelock, Ryan Crotty (2), Scott Barrett, Alex Hodgman, Nemani Nadolo, Johnny McNicholl (3), Codie Taylor (2), Pete Samu and Matt Todd all crossed the whitewash with Richie Mo’unga kicking 14 points and Nadolo six via conversions. In reply, Nic Stirzaker, Reece Hodge, Culum Retallick and Sefanaia Naivalu were the Rebels’ try-scorers on a forgetful evening in Christchurch as they were chasing shadows for much of the game.

Still just the one victory for the Rebels this season as they have now lost nine and drawn one of their fixtures. Their latest loss came at the hands of the Waratahs last week when they suffered a 50-23 away defeat. They leak on average six tries per game, scoring one.

In stark contrast the Crusaders made it 12 wins from 12 last Friday against an often tricky opponent in the Chiefs. That 31-24 result put them 11 points clear of the Hurricanes and Chiefs but both have a game in hand. They have scored 65 tries in 2017, which is five per game.

No doubts about this call, the unstoppable visitors should run out easy winners at AAMI Park on Saturday. Crusaders by 35.

Players list:
Rebels: 15 Ben Volavola, 14 Sefa Naivalu, 13 Tom English, 12 Reece Hodge, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Jackson Garden-Bachop, 9 Nic Stirzaker (c), 8 Amanaki Mafi, 7 Colby Fainga’a, 6 Sean McMahon, 5 Lopeti Timani, 4 Steve Cummins, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 James Hanson, 1 Toby Smith.

Replacements: 16 Siliva Siliva, 17 Fereti Sa’aga, 18 Laurie Weeks, 19 Culum Retallick, 20 Hugh Sinclair, 21 Ben Meehan, 22 Mitch Inman, 23 Jonah Placid.

Crusaders: 15 David Havili, 14 Israel Dagg, 13 Seta Tamanivalu, 12 Tim Bateman, 11 Manasa Mataele, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Jordan Taufua, 7 Pete Samu, 6 Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, 5 Sam Whitelock (c), 4 Quinten Strange, 3 Michael Alaalatoa, 2 Ben Funnell, 1 Wyatt Crockett.

Replacements: 16 Andrew Makalio, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Oli Jager, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Jed Brown, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 George Bridge.