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After all the distractions, it's a welcome 1 v 2 Super Rugby final - The Roar;

After all the distractions, it's a welcome 1 v 2 Super Rugby final - The Roar

The RoarAfter all the distractions, it's a welcome 1 v 2 Super Rugby finalThe RoarIt honestly couldn't have come at a better time. There's been so much confusion, angst, dunderheadedness, indecision, procrastination, and annoying silence in rugby this season that the Super Rugby Final delivering the best two teams all season was a ...and more »

Marc Hinton: Empty stands for semis tell the story of a not-so-super competition - Stuff.co.nz;

Marc Hinton: Empty stands for semis tell the story of a not-so-super competition - Stuff.co.nz

Stuff.co.nzMarc Hinton: Empty stands for semis tell the story of a not-so-super competitionStuff.co.nzAMI Stadium in Christchurch was far from a sell out for the Super Rugby semifinal between the Crusaders and Chiefs. OPINION: Fans appear to be voting with their feet when it comes to the sorry state of Super Rugby. And, really, who can blame them?and more »

Crusaders look to shed 'nearly men' tag - Sport24;

Crusaders look to shed 'nearly men' tag - Sport24

Sport24Crusaders look to shed 'nearly men' tagSport24Cape Town - The Crusaders are keen to shed their tag as Super Rugby's "nearly men" when they take on the Lions in the final in Johannesburg on Saturday. Despite being the competition's most successful side with seven titles under their belt, the men ...and more »

Crusaders v Lions: Super Rugby final a sellout - New Zealand Herald

Crusaders v Lions: Super Rugby final a selloutNew Zealand HeraldDespite poor crowds throughout the playoffs, this weekend's Super Rugby final between the Lions and Crusaders in Johannesburg is a sellout. A crowd of 61,500 will be on hand at Emirates Airline Park for the title decider. The Lions are aiming to win ...and more »

Hurricanes duo tip Lions for title - Sport24;

Hurricanes duo tip Lions for title - Sport24

Sport24Hurricanes duo tip Lions for titleSport24Cape Town - The Hurricanes leadership group has backed the Lions to win their maiden Super Rugby title when they clash with the Crusaders in the final on Saturday. It was the Hurricanes who bore the brunt of the Lions' wrath on the Highveld in the ...and more »

Super Rugby final is officially sold out - SuperSport;

Super Rugby final is officially sold out - SuperSport

SuperSportSuper Rugby final is officially sold outSuperSportSaturday's showpiece Super Rugby match between the Emirates Lions and the seven-time champions, the Crusaders, was sold out at just after 3.30pm on Monday as the 61 500-capacity stadium will be filled to the brim for the final of the Southern ...and more »

BREAKING NEWS: Tickets sold out for Lions Super Rugby final! - Independent Online;

BREAKING NEWS: Tickets sold out for Lions Super Rugby final! - Independent Online

Independent OnlineBREAKING NEWS: Tickets sold out for Lions Super Rugby final!Independent OnlineThere was a long queue outside Ellis Park on Monday morning. Photo: Jacques van der Westhuyzen. JOHANNESBURG – Johan Ackermann's wish of having a sold-out Ellis Park for his last game in charge of the Lions will come true on Saturday. Ackermann ...and more »

Super Rugby final SOLD OUT! - Sport24;

Super Rugby final SOLD OUT! - Sport24

Sport24Super Rugby final SOLD OUT!Sport24Cape Town - It's official! Ellis Park will be packed to the rafters on Saturday as tickets for the Super Rugby final between the Lions and the Crusaders are sold out. The Golden Lions Rugby Union confirmed the news on Monday afternoon with many ...and more »

South Africa: What Ackers Told the Lions At Half Time - AllAfrica.com

South Africa: What Ackers Told the Lions At Half TimeAllAfrica.comThe Lions that played the first half looked absolutely nothing like the Lions that played the second half of Saturday's Super Rugby semi-final at Ellis Park. Having let the Hurricanes race to a 22-9 lead, the Lions' first half performance was ...and more »

South Africa: Peyper Call At Centre of Lions Fightback - AllAfrica.com

South Africa: Peyper Call At Centre of Lions FightbackAllAfrica.comThe crowd at Ellis Park on Saturday was all over referee Jaco Peyper in the first half. With their side playing poorly for the first 35 minutes, the Lions fans turned on Peyper, feeling that he was not punishing the Hurricanes defensive line, which is ...and more »

VIDEO: Lions face Crusaders in epic final - Alberton Record.;

VIDEO: Lions face Crusaders in epic final - Alberton Record.

Alberton Record.VIDEO: Lions face Crusaders in epic finalAlberton Record.80% of tickets have already been sold for the final match that will be played on Saturday at Emirates Airlines Park from 4pm. 10 hours ago. RUGBY - SUPER RUGBY - EMIRATES LIONS VS SUNWOLVES - EMIRATES AIRLINE PARK - JOHANNESBURG ...and more »

Last year won't help Lions in final - Daily Maverick

Last year won't help Lions in finalDaily MaverickJohannesburg - The scene is set perfectly for Johan Ackermann , whose last match in charge of the Lions will come in front of a packed Ellis Park crowd in a Super Rugby final. It is the perfect ending to the Ackermann era, which has seen the Lions go ...and more »

South Africa: Emotional Ackermann Braces for 'Unreal' Farewell - AllAfrica.com

South Africa: Emotional Ackermann Braces for 'Unreal' FarewellAllAfrica.comFor much of Saturday's Super Rugby semi-final at Ellis Park, it seemed that coach Johan Ackermann would not have the dream farewell he has dreamed of for so long. 22-3 down against the Hurricanes, missing tackles and making errors, the Lions looked ...and more »

South Africa: Hurricanes Skipper Backs Lions for Title - AllAfrica.com

South Africa: Hurricanes Skipper Backs Lions for TitleAllAfrica.comHurricanes captain Dane Coles has heaped praise on the Lions following Saturday's epic semi-final at Ellis Park. The Lions came back from 22-3 down to win the match 44-29 in front of a vocal Johannesburg crowd, and they have now booked their place in ...and more »

60 000 await Ackers at Ellis Park - Sport24;

60 000 await Ackers at Ellis Park - Sport24

Sport2460 000 await Ackers at Ellis ParkSport24Johannesburg - Whatever happens on Saturday at Ellis Park, the Johan Ackermann era at the Lions will come to an end on a stage that is fitting. By Monday afternoon, over 50 000 tickets had already been sold for Saturday's Super Rugby final against the ...and more »

Lions coach Ackermann wants to finish as a winner - Independent Online;

Lions coach Ackermann wants to finish as a winner - Independent Online

Independent OnlineLions coach Ackermann wants to finish as a winnerIndependent OnlineJOHANNESBURG - Outgoing Lions coach Johan Ackermann will soak up every moment he has with his players this week, leading up to his last game in charge of his team - in the match he always hoped he'd have: the Super Rugby final at a sold-out Ellis ...and more »

Gloucester youngster Ben Vellacott struck by Johan Ackermann culture - Gloucestershire Live;

Gloucester youngster Ben Vellacott struck by Johan Ackermann culture - Gloucestershire Live

Gloucestershire LiveGloucester youngster Ben Vellacott struck by Johan Ackermann cultureGloucestershire LiveBen Vellacott hopes that Johan Ackermann's “family style of culture” can bring the same level of success to Gloucester as it has with the Lions. Ackermann is set to begin his role as Gloucester head coach by joining the squad in their training camp in ...and more »

Play the All Blacks at noon - SuperSport (blog)

Play the All Blacks at noonSuperSport (blog)The Lions are 80 minutes away from providing a much-needed boost to the overall confidence of South African rugby and, more specifically, to the Springbok chances of doing well in the forthcoming Castle Lager Rugby Championship. It has been seven ...and more »

Kiwi scribes moan about Jaco Peyper's decision - Sport24;

Kiwi scribes moan about Jaco Peyper's decision - Sport24

Sport24Kiwi scribes moan about Jaco Peyper's decisionSport24Cape Town - New Zealanders are seemingly unhappy with the performance of South African referee Jaco Peyper during the Hurricanes' 44-29 Super Rugby semi-final loss to the Lions at Ellis Park. Peyper has been criticised for his decision to send ...and more »

Mallett lauds 'fantastic' Lions game plan - Sport24;

Mallett lauds 'fantastic' Lions game plan - Sport24

Sport24Mallett lauds 'fantastic' Lions game planSport24Cape Town - Former Springbok coach Nick Mallett has heaped praise on the Lions following their come-from-behind Super Rugby semi-final win over the Hurricanes in Johannesburg at the weekend. The Lions overturned a 22-3 deficit to eventually run out ...and more »