Crusaders was lethal again in a final and took his five-time championship. Defeated 24-13 a Chiefs on Christchurch and celebrated for the fifth time in a row with Scott Robertson commanding.
The winning team had a great season with six wins and only two losses in the regular season. It should be noted that only those who were in first and second place disputed this final.
In the first half, equality reigned throughout the process and this was noticeable in the result since Christcruch’s team went to rest winning 15-10. The local cast, came out much more determined in the first minutes to stay with the victory and in the first 15 managed to score two tries, converted by Sevu Reece and Will Jordan. For the visitor, all the points were scored by Damian McKenzie as a result of a converted trie and a penalty.
The second half followed the line of the first and was even more closed. Crusaders committed far more penalties than his rival, including seeing two yellow cards in six minutes: Reece and Codie Taylor. Despite having had a good start, McKenzie missed three consecutive penalties that would have changed the history of the match and his team did not find the spaces to penetrate the rival defense either.
For his part, Richie Mo’unga, scorer of the champion team, converted two penalties and a drop that gave much relief to his team and thus lead the championship title.
With this result, Crusaders managed to obtain five consecutive titles and the twelfth in its history moving away in the table of maximum winners of the tournament.