Crusaders seem likely to claim 10th title

Will the Crusaders collect their 10th Super Rugby title when they host the Jaguares in Christchurch tonight? Probably. Sports reporter Adrian Seconi examines the 


Record: Won 13, lost 2, drawn 3

Key player: All Black back-up pivot Richie Mo'unga is the man who will decide when, where and how the Crusaders will use all that front-foot ball they are likely to get with what is an impressive pack.

Game plan: Crush the Jaguares at scrum time, dominate the breakdown and use all that ball to run in the 4.8 tries they score on average each match.

Prospects: The Crusaders have never lost a home Super Rugby playoff match, and that is a remarkable record when you consider they have played 23 of them dating back to 1998. But, but, but ... lock Scott Barrett and midfielder Ryan Crotty are missing. They are big losses, particularly Crotty, who has been a talisman for the the side.

Squad: David Havili, Sevu Reece, Braydon Ennor, Jack Goodhue, George Bridge, Richie Mo'unga, Bryn Hall, Kieran Read, Matt Todd, Whetu Douglas, Sam Whitelock (captain), Mitchell Dunshea, Owen Franks, Codie Taylor, Joe Moody. Reserves: Andrew Makalio, Giorgio Bower, Michael Alaalatoa, Luke Romano, Jordan Taufua, Mitchell Drummond, Mitch Hunt, Will Jordan.


Record: Won 13, lost 5

Key player: Lock Guido Petti will look to win the aerial contest and put pressure on the Crusaders lineout, which will be missing Scott Barrett.

Game plan: The Jaguares will hope to snaffle lineout ball so they can deny the Crusaders an opportunity to attack from that set piece. They will also need to be more patient before pushing the ball wide.

Prospects: They have a good record on the road this season and a wonderful story if they win. But that is a big if. The Crusaders have set the benchmark all season and have been invincible at home. There is no shame in second.

Squad: Emiliano Boffelli, Matias Moroni, Matias Orlando, Jeronimo de la Fuente (captain), Ramiro Moyano, Joaquin Diaz Bonilla, Tomas Cubelli, Javier Ortega Desio, Marcos Kremer, Pablo Matera, Tomas Lavanini, Guido Petti, Santiago Medrano, Agustin Creevy, Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro. Reserves: Julian Montoya, Mayco Vivas, Enrique Pieretto, Juan Manuel Leguizamon, Tomas Lezana, Felipe Ezcurra, Domingo Miotti, Sebastian Cancelliere.

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