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Crusaders v Jaguares Super Rugby Final Preview

George Bridge of Crusaders is tackled by Ramiro Moyano and Javier Ortega Desio of Jaguares during a match between Jaguares and Crusaders

George Bridge of Crusaders is tackled by Ramiro Moyano and Javier Ortega Desio of Jaguares during a match between Jaguares and Crusaders

The Crusaders have played the Jaguares just twice in Super rugby since the South American side joined Super rugby in 2016.

The Crusaders have won both matches against the Jaguares and they were on a home and away basis.

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The first match between the sides was in Christchurch and the Crusaders won 32-15 in 2016. In the only other match between the sides, the Crusaders won 40-14 in Buenos Aires and that was last year.

This weekend the match will be played in Christchurch which is home for the Crusaders. This year the Crusaders have played 10 matches at home and they have won nine and drawn one so they are unbeaten at home in 2019.

The Crusaders won all of their home matches in 2017, 2018 and are unbeaten in 2019. The last time they lost at home in Christchurch was 30 matches ago. Their worst result in those 30 matches was this year’s 21-all draw with the Sharks.

This will be the Jaguares first-ever Super rugby final and they will head to Christchurch as they have won their last seven matches in a row. The Jaguares have won their last three matches away from home. One of those wins was against the Hurricanes (28-20) in Wellington so they have already beaten a top New Zealand side in 2019.

In 2019 the Jaguares have played 8 matches away from home and won 5 which gives them a record of winning 63% of their away matches this year.

This will be the Crusaders 14th Super rugby title. They have won nine Super rugby titles to date so should they win on Saturday it will be their tenth title.

The Crusaders are the defending champions and have been for the last two seasons. A tenth title this weekend will be the second time that the Crusaders will have won three titles in a row. They last achieved this in 1998 Auckland, 1999 Dunedin & 2000 Canberra – all of these titles were won away from home.

The Bookies have given the Jaguares a 14 point start for this Match so they are predicting that the Crusaders will win by 14 or more – click HERE to see the latest odds.

Average score: Crusaders 36 Jaguares 14

Last two results
Sat, 07 Apr 2018 Crusaders v Jaguares 40-14 Buenos Aires
Fri, 15 Apr 2016 Crusaders v Jaguares 32-15 Christchurch

Crusaders overall record against the Jaguares
Played 2, Wins 2, Losses 0, Draws 0

Match Officials and details
Saturday 6 July
Venue: Orangetheory Stadium, Christchurch
Kick Off local: 19:35(ARG 04:35; GMT 07:35; RSA 09:35; JAP
16:35; AUS 17:35)
Referee:  Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 1: Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 2: Paul Williams
TMO: Ben Skeen



15 David Havili, 14 Sevu Reece, 13 Braydon Ennor, 12 Jack Goodhue, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Whetukamokamo Douglas, 5 Sam Whitelock (captain), 4 Mitchell Dunshea, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody

Replacements: 16 Andrew Makalio, 17 George Bower, 18 Michael Alaalatoa, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Jordan Taufua, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 Will Jordan


15 Emiliano Boffelli, 14 Matias Moroni, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Jeronimo De La Fuente (captain), 11 Ramiro Moyano, 10 Joaquin Diaz Bonilla, 9 Tomas Cubelli, 8 Javier Ortega Desio, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Santiago Medrano, 2 Agustin Creevy, 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro

Replacements: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Mayco Vivas, 18 Enrique Pieretto, 19 Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 20 Tomas Lezana, 21 Felipe Ezcurra, 22 Domingo Miotti, 23 Sebastian Cancelliere

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