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Pretty good for the Algorithm last weekend getting both games correct. The Jaguares got a big win over the Brumbies, and the Crusaders were pushed the entire way by a strong Hurricanes side.
Below is the prediction for the final of Super Rugby 2019.
The Jaguares have made history by making it to the big dance for the first time ever after winning big at home against the Brumbies. To get to the final this season the Jaguares have built on form with a run of seven straight wins and winning 11 from their last 12 matches. These have come from playing away in South Africa, New Zealand and Australia, proving that they’re not just good at home.
However, the real test is this weekend. How will they handle the occasion? Will momentum get them over the line? We cannot wait to find out…
The Crusaders were pushed the entire way in their semi final clash against the Hurricanes only sealing the big ‘W’ late in the game, perhaps controversially with a refereeing mistake in the final minutes.
Winger Sevu Reece crossed twice and Richie Mo’unga was again the standout performer with a brilliant try and 15 points from the tee. The Crusaders have lost Ryan Crotty and Scott Barrett for this weekend however. Both have been formidable performers for the Crusaders this year. How much will this play into the hands of the Jaguares?
We have had a look at the previous matches between these two sides. Only two, and it looks good for the Kiwis…
So far it’s all Crusaders who won both games and scoring an average of 36 points against the Jaguares. However, the final will be the first time they have crossed paths in 2019, and with the Jaguares rate of improvement, perhaps this time will be different.
We also had a look at the run into the finals between both outfits below
A record of 12 wins 2 draws and 2 losses with 8 wins, 1 draw and 0 losses at home! Impressive.
A record of 13 wins and 5 losses with an away record of 5 wins and 3 losses scoring an average of 29 points away.
As stated earlier the Jaguares are on a real run of form, winning their last seven straight and 11 from their last 12 matches. They have been a powerhouse at home, winning their last six straight. Last week was a particularly impressive 39-7 demolition of the Australian conference champions Brumbies in front of more than 31,000 people in Buenos Aires.
The Crusaders are going for their 3rd straight title and 10th overall, while the Jaguares are chasing their first title in just their fourth season. The Jaguares will need to watch out for Sevu Reece and Richie Mo’unga as these two have been stand out performers for the Crusaders with Reece scoring tries for fun. The Crusaders on the other hand need to watch for Jaguares flanker Pablo Matera who has been in great form, making the second-most offloads of any forward (22) this season.
Springbok legend Bryan Habana believes a Jaguares win over the Crusaders would be a major positive for the game. What do you think? How do you think this is going to go down? Tell us in the comments.