The 2017 Super Rugby final will be hosted by Johannesburg after the Crusaders comprehensively outplayed the Chiefs and the Lions ran down the Hurricanes.
CRUSADERS 27 d. CHIEFS 13 @ AMI Stadium
The Crusaders took another step towards an eighth Super Rugby crown with a dominant 27-13 win over the Chiefs in Christchurch on Saturday night. The home side led 10-6 at halftime through a brilliant team try finished off by halfback Bryn Hall, before putting the Chiefs to the sword after the break as Israel Dagg scored an opportunist try and Seta Tamanivalu bagged a second-half double. Brodie Retallick’s late five-pointer was pure consolation for the soundly-beaten Chiefs.
LIONS 44 d. HURRICANES 29 @ Emirates Airlines Park
The Lions qualified for their second straight Super Rugby decider and simultaneously ended their 2016 destroyers’ title defence, producing an astounding comeback to down the Hurricanes 44-29. The visitors raced to a 22-3 lead after 30 minutes, but a try to prop Jacques van Rooyen just before halftime proved crucial. The Lions scored twice in the first 12 minutes after the interval to draw level, before Ngani Laumpe put the Hurricanes back in front. Beauden Barrett was yellow-carded soon afterwards, however, and the Lions power to a 39-29 lead while the reigning champs were a man short. Flanker Albertus Smith raced over for the sealer with six minutes left.