Published: Mon, July 08, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Crusaders battle past Jaguares for 10th Super title

Crusaders battle past Jaguares for 10th Super title

He celebrated in the now traditional fashion by break-dancing on the field at the Christchurch Stadium as his players stood around decked with winners' medals. "And in this final we saw the importance of Todd", he said.

"We had to get back to basics, we had to get old school and just plug it into the corners".

It was a tactic that also made Crusaders flanker Matt Todd and the Jaguares' Pablo Matera the two central figures in the game as they fought for possession.

The closing minutes of the first half proved pivotal.

Mallett felt Jaguares first five-eighths Joaquin Diaz Bonilla did not play well. By halftime it was the Crusaders who had to make nearly twice as many tackles as their opponents.

The home side were not done in the half as, after the hooter had sounded, they ran the ball from a scrum in their own 22, making it to the opposition 10, where a breakdown infringement earned them a penalty.

"It was probably not the most exciting but in conditions like this it was about doing the basics and doing them well".

It gave the Crusaders a flattering 10-3 lead and they slowly built on that in a grinding second spell, with three further Mo'unga penalty goals.

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The drill required Mo'unga to hop along on his left-leg after striking the ball, created to help with a clean follow-through.

Moroni, again, had a chance from a cross kick in the 68th minute but the bounce beat him across the dead ball line.

"There were no injuries so the (World Cup) group will be this group plus all the global players who are in Europe, so I think that is a massive way of starting the preparation".

Mo'unga landed the conversion and a penalty at halftime for the defending champions to turn around with a seven-point advantage.

The Jaguares still rose to the occasion, despite the disadvantages of long-distance travel and the necessity of facing a team on a 30-game winning streak at home.

"No one likes losing so of course there's a bit of frustration", coach Gonzalo Quesada said. "Come playoffs, you get a bit more chance to get in a good rhythm", he added.

"That was nearly the only try opportunity they had even if we were under pressure several times", coach Gonzalo Quesada said as he praised his side's defence. We thrash them about.

The next points would come from the other end, with M'ounga nailing a kick 45 metres out near the touchline in what would be his last action of the game as he was hauled off - replaced by Mitchell Hunt with his side 19-3 up with four minutes to go.

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