All Blacks hooker Codie Taylor is hoping to celebrate his signing until 2021 with New Zealand rugby by being part of a Crusaders team that wins its first Investec Super Rugby title since 2008 on Sunday (NZT).
Lions research ahead of the final of the Investec Super Rugby competition against the Crusaders in Johannesburg on Sunday (NZT) has shown the Christchurch-based side is the best organised and most clinical of all sides taking part.
Forget all the debate about travel, and not having played New Zealand teams and who is refereeing, Saturday's Investec Super Rugby final involves the Lions, a team without a Super Rugby title, playing the Crusaders, the competition's most winning side.
Unable to maintain their dazzling start to the first half which saw three tries in the first 30 minutes, the Hurricanes were beaten 44–29 in their semi-final against the Lions at Ellis Park on Sunday (NZT).
Rugby coaches have a fondness for proclaiming that history doesn't matter in games but the fact is history is a big hurdle for the Lions against the Hurricanes in their Investec Super Rugby semifinal in Johannesburg on Sunday (NZT).