Published: Tue, August 08, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

Crusaders coach celebrates Super Rugby title by breakdancing

Crusaders coach celebrates Super Rugby title by breakdancing

It was a moment that perfectly illustrated how quickly the Crusaders turn defence into attack, and five minutes later the visitors added a second try, taking the ball through the phases and punching holes in the Lions defence before centre Jack Goodhue dived over in the corner.

The team will be returning to the city with its eighth Super Rugby trophy about 11pm tonight, after beating the Lions 25-17 in the final in Johannesburg over the weekend.

The Crusaders' Super Rugby win is a "significant occasion" for Christchurch, but it's "too early to tell' whether there will be a victory parade, city leaders say".

But the gamble backfired thanks to a Crusaders turnover and then the match took a decisive turn in favour of the New Zealanders when Smith was red-carded. The conversion from Mo'unga was missed.

Kwagga Smith shown a red card for a reckless, but unintentional tackle on fullback David Havili that leaves the Lions reeling with 14 men against a rampant Crusaders side.

Nearly immediately a seven-man Lions scrum was pushed back, penalised, and Mo'unga kicked a penalty for a 12-point half-time advantage. The Lions are still waiting for their first title, having now been losing finalists twice running.

Another scrum penalty allowed Mo'unga to extend the lead to 25-3 with half an hour remaining.

His dismissal just before half-time effectively ended the contest with the Lions, already 12-3 down needing to play the rest of the match with just 14 men.

The Lions scored again through replacement prop Corne Fourie with seven minutes left to give his team and the 62,000 mostly Lions supporters in the stands some home of a miracle finale, but another Crusaders lineout steal and a Lions knock-on shortly after ensured the score line remained unchanged.

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