Copyright Steve Haag

The Crusaders made it three in a row when they squeeze out a win in the final against the Jaguares.

The Jaguares had their chances but the Crusaders defence have just been brilliant on the night as they kept them out.

It is what makes a great side when you can go into the final with the ability to win in so many ways and this time around their defence was absolutely brilliant and squeeze the Jaguares to submission.

One may say with only one try in the match the scoreboard does not reflect the actual game but 19-3 is an exact reflection of the game.

Was a nervous start for both sides and although the Crusaders where with ball in hand at the start of the game, it was the Jaguares defence that stood out.

They weather the storm in that first few minutes and worked their way into the Crusaders twenty two to get the first points of the final on the board with a penalty.

The Crusaders slowly started to dominate and had more ball in hand attacks but was also greeted with great defence from the visitors.

The first try came from a turnover by Taylor and the ball went to Whitelock who sprinted down the line which gave it to Taylor to score.

This gave the Saders a 7-3 lead as the Jaguares had to play catchup rugby.

The Jaguares came back at the Crusaders but it was again the defence of the champions that was solid and hitting the Jaguares back in the tackles they made.

The Jaguares had a huge chance for a try with some great passing to send Moroni gunning for the line but a try saving tackle by David Havili stopped him from scoring.

The Crusaders did make more yards with ball in hand and put the Jaguares under more pressure with ball in hand which suggested that they were starting to build momentum.

As they have done so many times the Crusaders had a last minute penalty to end up with a 10-3 lead at the break.

The second half, the champions just squeeze that little bit harder and where putting the Jaguares under so much pressure on defence and when the visitors had to scrabble in defence.

They were playing in the Jaguares half more and more which led to them crossing the whitewash again but the Jaguares were able to help it up for a five meter scrum.

A massive scrum from the champions gave them another penalty to extend the lead to 13-3.

It was not long before Richie Moโ€™unga was successful with another penalty to extend the lead again and it was looking like it was slipping away for the Jaguares.

With 20 minutes to go the Jaguares had to score next to get back into the game and were rushing their play a bit which led to mistakes with ball in hand.

Another penalty came the way of the Crusaders and they extended the lead to 19-3 and were able to keep the Jaguares to that for the rest of the game.

It was a question of finishing off for the Jaguares which they just could not do on the day and the main reason was the Crusaders brilliant defence.

They made it a third straight championship and have now won 10 Super Rugby titles. Surely can be considered as the one of best club side in the world.

The Jaguares can be very proud of their season and there supporters have been great this year.

At the end the best team that have shown that throughout the season had the home ground advantage and came out the winners and Scott Robinson had some new moves in his celebrating dance


Crusaders Crusaders ย 19 ย 3 Jaguares Jaguares

Crusaders: Try – Codie Taylor Conversion – Richie Mo’unga Penalties – Richie Mo’unga (4)

Jaguares:ย Penalty – Joaquin Diaz Bonilla

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