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Thursday Aug 1, 2013

A look at five of the greatest Super Rugby finals

A look at five of the greatest Super Rugby finals

The Chiefs will host the Brumbies in this year’s Super Rugby final this Saturday, so as part of the build up, here is a look at some of the more memorable finals from previous years of the tournament, dating back to 1998.

Featuring a run down of the pick of the finals, Fox Sports go through some of what in their view are the best, treating us to some great footage and fantastic memories.

1998 – Blues vs Crusaders – Auckland

The Blues were the powerhouse side in the early years, winning the first two tournaments with players such as Zinzan Brooke, Sean Fitzpatrick and Carlos Spencer. The Crusaders got the better of them in a classic 1998 final though, claiming the first of their seven titles.

2004 – Brumbies vs Crusaders – Canberra

This was an incredible game of rugby with some lovely tries, including vintage pieces of play from big Radike Samo and long haired George Smith. Lookout for the brilliant chip ahead by him, and of course keep an eye on him this coming weekend vs the Chiefs.

2007 – Sharks vs Bulls – Durban

A match that started and ended with Bryan Habana infuriating the Sharks faithful, this one will be remembered for that last minute winning try from the speedy winger. Jaco Van Der Westhuizen’s shirt, and climbing up to the crossbar in celebration is right up there too.

2009 – Bulls vs Chiefs – Pretoria

While they spent a few years near the bottom of the table in Super Rugby, the Chiefs came into their own in recent years, reaching the final for the first time in 2009. Unfortunately they found themselves up against a rampant Bulls side, who ran riot and put 61 points on the visitors.

2011 – Reds vs Crusaders – Brisbane

Remembered as a coming of age for the Reds, in 2011 the Queensland team played some sensational rugby, with Quade Cooper and Will Genia in particular pulling off all the tricks. In the final they faced a massive challenge in the Crusaders, but thanks in large part to a brilliant solo effort from Genia, Brisbane erupted with well earned celebrations they’ll not soon forget.

You can view longer clips from all the matches featured by browsing through the Related Posts below. Enjoy the walk down memory lane that hopefully gets you excited for this weekend.

Time: 5:16
Credit: FoxSportsAU


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