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Super Rugby: Top two clash in the final everyone wants to see

It’s arguably the Super Rugby Pacific final that at least every neutral wants to see as the Chiefs and the Crusaders clash in Hamilton on Saturday.

They were the sides that finished first and second at the end of the regular season and now the next 80 minutes will decide which of these great sides gets to lift the trophy this year.

WhatChiefs v Crusaders 
WhereFMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton
When17:05 (AEST), Saturday 24th July 2023
How to watchStan Sport
OddsChiefs 1.78, Crusaders 2.05

Chiefs the threat to Crusaders' dominance 

Having been such a dominant force in recent years, reigning champions Crusaders find themselves as the slight underdogs going into Saturday’s all-or-nothing showdown in Hamilton. 

With the Chiefs winning both of their two Super Rugby clashes with the Crusaders this year, it’s little wonder why the side that finished top of the table are rated at 1.78 to win in the 80 minutes this weekend, while the Crusaders at 2.05

Crusaders know what it takes

A team that has been there and got the T-shirt, the Crusaders know exactly the effort and accuracy required to be crowned Super Rugby winners.

While the slight underdogs going into this game, the Canterbury outfit do have a strong record against the Chiefs in postseason matches.

These sides met in knockout rugby in 2017, 2021 and 2022 and it was the Crusaders who were the ones smiling at the full-time whistle.

That should stand the visitors in good stead as they make the trip to FMG Stadium Waikato, which has been a fortress for the Chiefs this season.

The Chiefs have managed to win all their eight previous home games in the finals of Super Rugby and have also come out on top in eight of their nine matches at home overall this season.

Stars to look out for

When it comes to scoring tries against the Chiefs, Will Jordan has made a career of it for the Crusaders.

The fullback has managed to score nine tries in his 10 appearances against the Chiefs and will be a player to look out for in the tryscorer markets.

The same can be said for Chiefs star Shaun Stevenson, who has been directly involved in no less than 18 tries in Super Rugby this season.

Scoring 11 himself and assisting 7 others, the Chiefs winger can also have a big role to play in Saturday’s highly anticipated final in Hamilton.

These are two sides fully deserving of their place in the showpiece event of the club season and now it’s all or nothing for both teams when the whistle goes at 17:05 (AEST) on Saturday.

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