Crusaders Coach Scott Robertson Breakdances After Super Rugby Triumph

  • Crusaders Coach Scott Robertson Breakdances After Super Rugby Triumph

Crusaders Coach Scott Robertson Breakdances After Super Rugby Triumph

But the gamble backfired thanks to a Crusaders turnover and then the match took a decisive turn in favour of the New Zealanders when Smith was red-carded. This they did, building a substantial lead even before having a one-man advantage, and defending it superbly as the Lions threw everything at them.

Tries from wing Tamanivalu, centre Jack Goodhue and number eight Kieran Read extended the Crusaders' record as the most successful team in the competition. Mo'unga missed the conversion from the sideline but at 12-0 the Crusaders were well on top.

Smith is alleged to have contravened Law 10.4 (e) unsafe tackling of an Opponent when he made contact with Crusaders fullback, David Havili, in the air.

The Crusaders nearly had a third try after 16 minutes, winger Israel Dagg knocking on in the tackle of centre Harold Vorster. Havili landed dangerously which left referee Jaco Peyper no option but to issue a red card.

Scott Robertson's men headed to Johannesburg aiming to claim the franchise's eighth crown and first since 2008 and did not disappoint against a Lions team, who had to settle for a runners-up spot for the second straight yeat.

The first showed all their quality in turning defense into attack as Lions flyhalf Elton Jantjies was sacked on the Crusaders 22, and Tamanivalu picked up the loose ball to race down the touchline and score.

His dismissal just before half-time effectively ended the contest with the Lions, already 12-3 down needing to play the rest of the match with just 14 men.

But the Lions rallied and hooker Malcolm Marx and replacement prop Corne Fourie barged over for tries and Jantjies converted both to give the scoreline a respectable look.