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Saders on mission to do what no one has done before


It does not matter from which side or which angle you look at this weekend Vodacom Super Rugby final it will break records and we will have a new champion as well.

The Crusaders have been the most successful team in the history of Super Rugby but they have not won the tournament since 2008 when they beat the Waratahs.

After that win they played against the Reds in 2011 final but lost 18-13 and the most recent one was in 2014 against the Waratahs when they lost 33-32 and funny enough that they was also a South African referee in charged, Craig Joubert.

They will have to do the impossible this week and travel to the Republic and try and win which no side have done before, well the Crusaders did travel to Australia to beat the Brumbies in the 2000 final but this time it is to South Africa.

In five different occasions teams tried to cross the Indian Ocean and win in either South Africa or New Zealand and all have failed.

The Lions will go out to try and replicate what the Tranvaal team did against the Auckland in 1993 when that team won the Super 10 competition, when they take on the Saders team.

Both teams have only lost one game this season but it was the Lions that ended on top with more bonus points than the Crusaders which secure them home play-off matches.

It has been a long road for Johan Ackermann and his players from the day were they were regulated out of Super Rugby and since their return the improvement they made every year.

It is fitting that the man who led this team out of the dark times in Johannesburg gets a final at home in front of 62000 supporters.

If you are a betting man, good luck but I will rather enjoy the spectacle on Saturday and keep my money safe as any of these two teams can lift the trophy after 80 minutes.