Crusaders out of the final, a rarity in rugby in recent years


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Crusaders out of the final, a rarity in rugby in recent years

2021 will not be another year for the history of Crusaders. He managed to be crowned as the new champion of Super Rugby Aotearoa and with this triumph he obtained his fifth consecutive title and the twelfth in its history. On that occasion he had been able to overcome Chiefs who was his fifth victim in a row in a final. However, in the Trans-Tasman Super Rugby the story changed and he stayed at the door of the final game that will be starred by Blues and Highlanders next weekend.

Despite the fact that the Christchurch team did not lose any of the matches in the tournament that combines New Zealand and Australia franchises, the difference was cruel (+97) and left Highlanders second in the standings with +103, while that Blues was the leader of the contest in the regular phase with a difference of +119.

The first championship with Scott Robertson at the helm was in 2017 where he was not the leader in the general table and that is why he had to play the final away against the Lions and won 25-17.

The following year, in 2018 they met again but this time in Christchurch and the result was more bulky as it ended 37-18 with Crusaders adding their two-time championship.

In 2019, Jaguares was the one who suffered the sobriety of Crusaders. Those of Scott Robertson were local in Christchurch and won 19-3. The Argentine team had an excellent tournament and managed to reach the defining match for the first and only time but could not do anything against the power of the New Zealand team.

The Super Rugby of the 2020 it was canceled by the covid-19 pandemic that hit the world. In June the new Super Rugby Aotearoa which included the five New Zealand franchises. The tournament was played in the form of a league and the one that was crowned product of six wins, a draw and a loss was, again, Crusaders.

The last local championship in 2021 was played differently even though it was only played by Maori teams. First it was played with a regular phase that faced everyone in duplicate, and then those who were in first and second place would play the final. There they saw the faces Crusaders and Chiefs, and the local team won the match 24-13.

But there was also history before Robertson as head coach, and it was also associated with success: lifted the trophy in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2006 and 2008.


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