Mo'unga praises Crusaders for showing the love in Super final triumph

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Lions coach Swys de Bruin was in no doubt about what his team needs to do to break with history in Saturday's Super Rugby final against the Crusaders in Christchurch. It brings an end to Crockett's illustrious career with the 35-year-old prop, who played 202 games for the Crusaders and 71 Tests for the All Blacks, having announced this was his final season at this level.

Crusaders captain Sam Whitelock, left, jokes with Lions captain Warren Whiteley as they pose for a photo with the Super Rugby trophy on the eve of the Super Rugby Final in Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, Aug. 3, 2018. It will be the Wallabies' best chance of a victory over their old foe, and after they won their last meeting in Brisbane previous year, confidence will be high.

It was also the Lions' third straight final loss after previously going down to the Hurricanes in Wellington in 2016 and the Crusaders at Ellis Park a year ago.

"They get to travel this time and they'll be just as emotional and passionate around getting to their maiden title, so we're going to have to be very good".

Ireland's Ronan O'Gara, now a Crusaders assistant coach, has been impressed by the "humility" of the players in the champion side and Robertson said the team culture was to play for each other.

On the back of another exceptional performance from five-eighth Richie Mo'unga, the Crusaders scored four tries to two. "I'm just really proud", he said. "He beat about 20 defenders, he kicked the majority of his goals, he was tough on defence, and he was behind a Rolls Royce pack", said Robertson with a nod to Steve Hansen's comment during the week. This whole week we believed we could win this game and during the game, we also believed we were in it. The only change to the Crusaders side that whipped the Wellington Hurricanes last week sees Heiden Bedwell-Curtis replace injured flanker Jordan Taufua, with Wallabies back-rower Pete Samu on the bench.

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The second goal was better, with Wijnaldum driving into the box and receiving Firmino's pinpoint pass in his stride before stroking in a low shot.

At that stage - the Lions were still in the game after the flyhalves swopped early penalties and Semi Tamanivalu bumped off Ruan Combrinck easily to score the opening try after a defensive system error by the Lions. Credit to the Crusaders...they stopped our mauls, stopped our scrums.

It was largely one way traffic from then on, as Mo'unga took control and enhanced his reputation as the in form fly half in New Zealand.

Frustrated by the Crusaders' dogged defence and excellent lineout defence, the Lions then turned down a chance to go for a try and instead Whiteley pointed to the posts as Jantjies narrowed the deficit to 20-6.

Of the opportunities they were unable to take, flyhalf Elton Jantjies's attempt to score midway through the second half was typical.

Lions Hooker Malcolm Marx barged across for his 12th try of the season but Crusaders lock Scott Barrett effectively sealed the result with a 70th minute try. "Defence won it for us last year and it did again this year".

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