2018 Super Rugga Watch – Final (“The Dead Rubber”)

One last match in this year’s Vodacom Super Rugby is all that’s left and again it is the Crusaders versus the Emirates Lions in the Final, or as we like to call it “The Dead Rubber”.

Many might wonder why we calling it that and many can’t seem to understand so we will try our VERY best to explain…

Saturday 4 August 2018 – Crusaders v Emirates Lions, AMI Stadium – 09h35*

As most true rugby pundits have already said, the true 2018 Super Rugby Final happened a week ago when the Crusaders smashed the Hurricanes in what was actually the first Semi-Final of this year’s competition and sadly we have to agree.

But as the history books and Wikipedia will forever show this weekend is the Final and we will treat it as that.

There is no denying that none of the teams in the tournament does not play for a spot in the Final every year and it is seen as a massive achievement when achieved in what is seen as the toughest rugby competition in the world, or is it?

For now some still believe it to be but we have our doubts along with many others around the world but we will soon write our thoughts on this topic, so back to this weekend’s spectacle in Christchurch.

Scott Robertson’s men are salivating at the prospect of becoming 9-time winners of Super Rugby, a feat nobody else is even close to coming anytime soon.

Swys de Bruin and his Emirates Lions are like many before them trying to defy the odds and as most of us sports lovers know, this is what sport is about!

Can the red from South Africa stop the red of New Zealand? We honestly don’t think they can and we have been getting alot of flack for this, which is fine. We are allowed our opinion just as others are and sorry if we going against the South African “grain” here, so to speak.

If the tournament was run on a proper round robin basis then we have to ask ourselves if the Lions would be remotely close to Christchurch this weekend or not and I am sure most honest rugby lovers would agree on the answer, NO!

Back to this weekend’s match without wasting too much time, we are backing the Saders to do the business as they always do at AMI Stadium and lifting the Super Rugby trophy again and we truly hope to see Scott Robertson doing his break-dance moves yet again in style as only he can.

The Lions have to be commended on making it all the way for the third consecutive year running, especially having lost a number of key personnel over the last year, but sadly they will have to make do with another runners-up medal, which even I must say is rather unfair as they have probably been the most consistent team in the last 3 years.

The weather we believe could play a huge role in the final score line and the factors like how well Elton Jantjies will be on the day if his forwards can give him and his backs clean ball.

Ultimately we still back the Crusaders to take the spoils for the ninth time running.

PREDICTION: Crusaders by 27

Thanks for following our previews this year and please let us know if you agree or disagree with our prediction and feel free to join the conversation on Twitter with #SuperRuggaWatch

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*denotes South African kick-off times


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