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Lions' roar deafening for Kiwis - SuperSport (blog)

Lions' roar deafening for KiwisSuperSport (blog)It was during the epic comeback on Saturday at Emirates Airline Park, when momentum had clearly shifted and the Lions were on a roll, that the crowd passionately started chanting “Lions, Lions” as they urged their team on to the Vodacom Super Rugby final.and more »

Ackermann looking to erase 2007 heartache - SuperSport;

Ackermann looking to erase 2007 heartache - SuperSport

SuperSportAckermann looking to erase 2007 heartacheSuperSportTen years ago, as South Africa celebrated their first Super Rugby title in Durban, thanks to an epic last gasp try by Bryan Habana, it was Johan Ackermann who felt the despair of defeat. That night, a game that has been debated for the last decade as ...and more »

A final for the ages - SuperSport (blog)

A final for the agesSuperSport (blog)The turnaround of the Lions from Super Rugby easy-beats, and a team that was out of the competition just four years ago, to being just one step away from champions, is quite remarkable. Their win over the Hurricanes in the semi means they have a win ...and more »

Lions can win Super Rugby, says Hurricanes skipper - Citizen;

Lions can win Super Rugby, says Hurricanes skipper - Citizen

CitizenLions can win Super Rugby, says Hurricanes skipperCitizenDane Coles sings Johannesburg Pride's praises but coach Chris Boyd takes a swipe at Sanzaar over its referees. The Lions have good reason to feel optimistic about winning their first Super Rugby title at Ellis Park this weekend, according to Hurricanes ...and more »

Wild weather keeps punters away from Crusaders games - Radio New Zealand;

Wild weather keeps punters away from Crusaders games - Radio New Zealand

Radio New ZealandWild weather keeps punters away from Crusaders gamesRadio New ZealandThe debate over whether Christchurch needs a covered stadium has re-ignited after consecutive low turnouts for two of the Crusaders' biggest games of the year. A Super Rugby game at the AMI Stadium earlier this year - Crusaders vs Chiefs. A Super Rugby ...and more »

Rugby: Why the Crusaders are well matched for the Lions - New Zealand Herald

Rugby: Why the Crusaders are well matched for the LionsNew Zealand HeraldKieran Read and Matt Todd of the Crusaders (L-R) reacting during the Super Rugby Semi Final match between the Crusaders and the Chiefs. Photo / Getty Images. Patrick McKendry. By: Patrick McKendry. Sports writer. [email protected] @ ...and more »

Super Rugby 2017 Semifinals: Lions vs Hurricanes Three Keys Revisited - RealSport101;

Super Rugby 2017 Semifinals: Lions vs Hurricanes Three Keys Revisited - RealSport101

RealSport101Super Rugby 2017 Semifinals: Lions vs Hurricanes Three Keys RevisitedRealSport101See how the keys played out as the Lions roared back to beat the Hurricanes at Ellis Park. Steve Wright. by Steve Wright. Jul 31, 2017 Jul 31, 2017. 63views. 0shares. The Lions set up a mouth-watering Super Rugby Final clash with the Crusaders after ...and more »

Hurricanes to most likely back the Lions in the final - Fijivillage;

Hurricanes to most likely back the Lions in the final - Fijivillage

FijivillageHurricanes to most likely back the Lions in the finalFijivillageAfter his side's 44‑29 semi‑final loss to the Lions yesterday morning, Hurricanes captain Dane Coles said in a post‑match interview that his teammates will be most likely backing the Johannesburg‑based side. Coles says the Lions are a great team and he ...and more »

Altitude makes Lions clear favourites - SuperSport;

Altitude makes Lions clear favourites - SuperSport

SuperSportAltitude makes Lions clear favouritesSuperSportThe Emirates Lions' already strong chance of Vodacom Super Rugby success could be strengthened further if the Crusaders fail to take note of what they should have learned from the Hurricanes' demise in the Johannesburg semifinal. Before the game the ...and more »

Lions are the favourites, say Hurricanes coach and captain - Independent Online;

Lions are the favourites, say Hurricanes coach and captain - Independent Online

Independent OnlineLions are the favourites, say Hurricanes coach and captainIndependent OnlineJOHANNESBURG - The Lions' never-give-up attitude makes them the favourites to win the Super Rugby title on Saturday, according to the Hurricanes' leadership group. Coach Chris Boyd and skipper Dane Coles agree that Johan Ackermann's men will be ...and more »

5 talking points: Super Rugby semi-finals - Sport24;

5 talking points: Super Rugby semi-finals - Sport24

Sport245 talking points: Super Rugby semi-finalsSport24The 27-13 scoreline in the Crusaders' win over the Chiefs does not tell the full tale of what transpired in the game. The Chiefs did most of the playing, as was evident in the post-match statistics derived from SANZAAR's official website. The Chiefs ...and more »

Lions desperate to overcome history against Hurricanes - Newburgh Gazette;

Lions desperate to overcome history against Hurricanes - Newburgh Gazette

Newburgh GazetteLions desperate to overcome history against HurricanesNewburgh GazetteThe Hurricanes believe the Lions were awarded two controversial tries, plus Boyd doesn't think Beauden Barrett deserved a yellow card in the 59th minute. Both the Hurricanes and the Lions have named their match day squads for their upcoming Super ...and more »

Come roar for the Lions - Times LIVE;

Come roar for the Lions - Times LIVE

Times LIVECome roar for the LionsTimes LIVEOutgoing Lions coach Johan Ackermann wants to see a full Ellis Park when his side takes on the Crusaders in the Super Rugby final on Saturday. The match will be Ackermann's swansong before he departs to coach English side Gloucester. "I want to walk ...and more »

Crusaders licking their lips for Lions - Times LIVE;

Crusaders licking their lips for Lions - Times LIVE

Times LIVECrusaders licking their lips for LionsTimes LIVEThe Canterbury Crusaders started their long trek to South Africa in search of their eighth Super Rugby title with Kieran Read and Owen Franks on the plane despite limping off in the semifinal victory of the Waikato Chiefs. All Blacks captain Read hurt ...and more »

Razor's Crusaders too sharp for Chiefs in semifinal - New Zealand Herald

Razor's Crusaders too sharp for Chiefs in semifinalNew Zealand HeraldHOME GROWN: Mount Maunganui's Scott Robertson has guided the Crusaders to the final in his first year at the helm. PHOTO: photosport. Bay of Plenty Times. Share via email Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Show more Bookmark this article. Share on ...and more »

A magnificent fightback gets the Lions into the Super Rugby final - BizNews;

A magnificent fightback gets the Lions into the Super Rugby final - BizNews

BizNewsA magnificent fightback gets the Lions into the Super Rugby finalBizNewsJOHANNESBURG — The story goes that after the Lions' dismal performance in their narrow Super Rugby quarterfinal victory over the Sharks, coach Johan Ackermann dropped a case of energy drinks in the change-room, and told the players to take a bottle ...and more »

Crusaders on way to Joburg for final fight - Business Day (registration);

Crusaders on way to Joburg for final fight - Business Day (registration)

Business Day (registration)Crusaders on way to Joburg for final fightBusiness Day (registration)Wellington — The Crusaders started their long trek from Christchurch to SA in search of their eighth Super Rugby title with Kieran Read and Owen Franks on the aircraft despite limping off in the semi-final win over the Chiefs. All Blacks captain Read ...and more »

Past quarterfinal result will not be helpful - Lions coach - Fijivillage;

Past quarterfinal result will not be helpful - Lions coach - Fijivillage

FijivillagePast quarterfinal result will not be helpful - Lions coachFijivillageLions lock Franco Mostert forces his way through the tackles of Ryan Crotty and David Havili in the 2016 Super Rugby quarterfinal (Photo: stuff.co.nz). Lions coach Johan Ackerman says looking back at their quarterfinal victory over the Crusaders last ...and more »

Wynne Gray: Super Rugby's lame conference draw spared by semi-final results - Fox Sports;

Wynne Gray: Super Rugby's lame conference draw spared by semi-final results - Fox Sports

Fox SportsWynne Gray: Super Rugby's lame conference draw spared by semi-final resultsFox SportsNone had felt any of that bristle through the Super Rugby season because of the lame conference draw and equally the Lions were left in limbo about how they compared with the Kiwi frontrunners. After beating the defending champion Hurricanes, the Lions ...and more »

Super Rugby crowd conundrum with NZ not alone with empty seats telling at Ellis Park - Stuff.co.nz;

Super Rugby crowd conundrum with NZ not alone with empty seats telling at Ellis Park - Stuff.co.nz

Stuff.co.nzSuper Rugby crowd conundrum with NZ not alone with empty seats telling at Ellis ParkStuff.co.nzEllis Park was far from full in the stands for the Hurricanes v Lions Super Rugby semifinal. A South African critic claims the Lions-Crusaders Super Rugby title decider will be the biggest game at Ellis Park since the 1995 Rugby World Cup final - but ...and more »