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Can the Brumbies end the Crusaders Super Rugby dominance?

Having won the Super Rugby title for the last four fully completed competitions, the Crusaders have been a dominant force and are undoubtedly the team to beat this season.

The Brumbies once again seem to be leading the charge for the Australian clubs after picking up seven wins in their first nine games. 

If Australia is to produce a Super Rugby champion this season, the Canberra outfit seem the most likely to lift the trophy at the end of the campaign. 

Let’s have a look at the Brumbies title credentials to see if Stephen Larkham’s side can end the Crusaders dominance in the southern hemisphere.

Brumbies can learn from last season 

The 2022 Super Rugby campaign was a question of what might have been for the Brumbies as they suffered the heartbreak of a 20-19 defeat to the Blues in the semi-finals. 

To go to Auckland and fall by the shortest of margins at Eden Park will have been a tough pill to swallow for Larkham and his side. 

However, it’s an experience the Brumbies will look to learn from as they look to go a step further this season and give themselves a shot in the final. 

Larkham’s side certainly look like they can be in the mix for the postseason this term after making a positive start to the campaign. 

The Brumbies are blessed with some star players for the Australian national side, who are 10.00 to win the World Cup on French soil later this year.  

Skipper Allan Ala'alatoa has a big role to play for club and country in 2023, while he will be supported by the likes of the experienced James Slipper in the front-row and Wallabies scrum-half Nic White in the backline. 

After the experience of last season this Brumbies side do look capable of going all the way for the title this year but the Crusaders will have something to say about that.

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Crusaders finding their rhythm 

After a stuttering start to the campaign it looks like the Crusaders are finding their rhythm this season. 

The Crusaders suffered two defeats in their first three games of the campaign, losing to both the Chiefs and Fijian Drua either side of a big win over the Highlanders. 

However, the reigning champions have started to settle into the season and have been racking up the points of late. 

Scoring 333 points in their first 10 games of the campaign, the Chiefs have been posting some impressive numbers in attack. 

With 223 points conceded in those games, there are areas of defence that coach Scott Robertson will look to work on before his time at the club comes to an end. 

Robertson will take on the New Zealand job from next year, with the All Blacks currently 4.00 to win the 2023 World Cup. 

Before taking on that role, Robertson will be eager to go out on a high with the Crusaders but the Brumbies do look like one of the clubs able to end the Canterbury outfit’s period of dominance.

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