Crusaders, Super Rugby’s dominant force over many years, beat the Chiefs 24-13 in the Super Rugby Aotearoa final in Christchurch on Saturday.
It was their fifth consecutive title and their 12th win in the 26 years of Super Rugby, including both seasons of the New Zealand edition of the championship
“I know we’re disliked immensely,” coach Scott “Razor” Robertson said after celebrating their latest triumph with his trademark breakdance on the field.
“But you’d like to think we’re respected for what we’ve done. And to stay hungry for so long and turn up every day. I’m just really proud to coach this team.”
Robertson said while the team may not be popular outside Crusaders territory his players remained humble, according to AFP.
When the Crusaders were clinging to a 15-13 lead during the final they were forced to play for five minutes with 13 men after Codie Taylor and then Sevu Reece were yellow carded
But then the experience of the Crusaders took over.
Flyhalf Richie Mo’unga, who was in great form, increased the lead with a drop goal and a penalty and added another to complete the scoring when they were back to full strength.
The New Zealand and Australian teams now turn their attention to the new trans-Tasman competition, with the first matches next weekend.
▲Crusaders kick off in the new competition against the Brumbies who were ahead after the 80 minutes in the Australian Super Rugby edition
The Brumbies lost 19-16 after a last-ditch Reds effort, following immense pressure on the Brumbies line.