Do Not Sell My Personal Information
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump RugbyDump
Friday Aug 4, 2017

Lions v Crusaders Super Rugby Final set to break attendance record

Lions v Crusaders Super Rugby Final set to break attendance record

Following a thrilling come from behind Lions victory over the Hurricanes last weekend, Saturday’s Super Rugby final in Johannesburg is set to break the all-time attendance record of a 61,823 crowd, set in Sydney at the 2014 Super Rugby Final.

Tickets for the match reportedly sold out within two hours of going on sale earlier in the week.

The Lions, runners-up in 2016 to the Hurricanes, are appearing in their second successive Super Rugby final and will be keen to add their name to the Champions list for the first time. The Crusaders are the most successful team in Super Rugby history having won the Super Rugby title seven times.

As with the Lions, they are unchanged for the final, following their semi final win over the Chiefs.

Springbok flanker Jaco Kriel will again lead the Lions side in the injury absence of regular skipper Warren Whiteley, who is battling with a groin problem.

Last Saturday’s thrilling victory over the Hurricanes was also the 15th consecutive home win for the men in red, which extended their record for a sequel of consecutive wins.

The statistics and record-breaking feats aside, the match will also be an emotional affair for the team, their loyal supporters and especially coach Johan Ackermann. The Final is his farewell game after in charge of the Emirates Lions before he heads to Gloucester in England, with assistant coach Swys de Bruin set to take over the head coaching duties.

If the scores are tied after full-time, then the teams will play two extra halves of 10 minutes each with a break of five minutes in-between. After that, it will go to sudden death, then penalty kicks.

Kick-off Times
Saturday 5 August:
11:00 Argentina, UK 15:00, South Africa 16:00, Singapore/West Australia 22:00, Japan 23;00, Australia (Mid-night 00:00) Sunday 6 August: 02:00 New Zealand

TEAMS:

Lions:
15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Ruan Ackermann, 7 Kwagga Smith, 6 Jaco Kriel (captain), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Jacques van Rooyen. Replacements: 16 Akker van der Merwe, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Cyle Brink, 21 Faf de Klerk, 22 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 23 Sylvian Mahuza.
 
Crusaders: 
15 David Havili, 14 Israel Dagg, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12  Ryan Crotty, 11 Seta Tamanivalu, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Sam Whitelock (captain), 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody. Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Michael Alaalatoa, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Pete Samu, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 George Bridge.
 
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant referees: Glen Jackson, Marius van der Westhuizen
Television match official: Marius Jonker

Ahead of the final, South African rugby writer Brenden Nel got some match predictions from various rugby pundits from around the globe. You can watch that below

credit: brenden nel

ADVERTISEMENT

Related Articles

  • 195 WEEKS AGO

    Western Force axed from Super Rugby

  • 195 WEEKS AGO

    Compilation of the best tries in Super Rugby...

  • 195 WEEKS AGO

    Crusaders beat Lions to claim eighth Super...



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    The historic 1997 tour to South Africa featured some of the most memorable Lions tries ever seen

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Delicate reverse kick leads to entertaining try for star studded team in Japan

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    De Allende shows his class as Munster dominate Leinster

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Fantastic montage shows why Tomos Williams cannot be overlooked by Warren Gatland for Summer tour

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Fiji star Tuisova humiliates Clermont defence with amazing 60-metre try

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 13 HOURS AGO

    Senatla suspended after horrific flip that nearly ended terribly

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Another red card for striking leaves Andre Esterhuizen facing more time off

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Pure head-loss from Rebels star leads to punches in Super Rugby AU

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Brutal breakdown stamping in 2003 shows just how much the game has changed in two decades

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Matu'u bemused by his ban after footage shows latest unpunished Owen Farrell shot

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Two of SA's fastest men collide with unbelievable 360 flip that has unsurprising outcome

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Defence gone missing as basketball style scoreline entertains in MLR clash

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Simon Zebo robbed blind by Antoine Dupont

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Fantastic montage shows why Tomos Williams cannot be overlooked by Warren Gatland for Summer tour

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Fascinating player cam shows every emotion of Damian McKenzie's latest match-winner

View All

Funnies

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    THROWBACK: That time Jason Eaton violated Brent Ward on camera

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Joe Marler goes full nause on Blair Cowan in Premiership clash

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: JP Doyle puts MLR players in their place with authoritative return to refereeing

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Comedy gold as close range 'falcon' gifts Brumbies try in Super Rugby AU match

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Lions coaching staff announcement elicits some amused responses from fans

View All

Amateur

  • 26 WEEKS AGO

    Viral video of Scottish club brawl goes down a storm with rugby community

  • 63 WEEKS AGO

    RUGBYDUMP BLITZ: This Best of the Week round up is sure to entertain you

  • 64 WEEKS AGO

    RD BLITZ - Disaster, just when it looked so promising...

  • 64 WEEKS AGO

    That glorious moment that will live on forever, like it or not

  • 64 WEEKS AGO

    RD Blitz - PROP'S Lionel Messi wizardy creates incredible try

View All

Player Features

  • 10 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bumping off tacklers and taking high balls, Rob Kearney had an impressive Super Rugby debut

  • 16 WEEKS AGO

    Brian Moore on money in modern rugby and how it should never be compared to 'outlier' football

  • 17 WEEKS AGO

    Tuisova's wrecking ball montage will make you grateful you never made it as a pro

  • 23 WEEKS AGO

    New Zealand rugby pod admit Owen Farrell is world class

  • 23 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bath prop launches Amazon documentary focused on those from non-traditional backgrounds

View All
Lions v Crusaders Super Rugby Final set to break attendance record | RugbyDump - Rugby News & Videos