Tuesday 23 July 2019

O'Gara lands Super Rugby title

Ronan O'Gara. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Ronan O'Gara. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

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Ronan O'Gara has picked up his first trophy with the Crusaders as his side saw off South Africa's Lions 37-18 to clinch their ninth Super Rugby title in front of a sold-out crowd in Christchurch.

It's just eight months since the former Ireland and Munster man joined the New Zealand outfit as assistant coach from Racing 92 and this latest victory adds to an impressive coaching CV.

Richie Mo'unga drove a resolute and clinical Crusaders around the field.

The out-half slotted 17 points with the boot and provided the attacking spark for the his side, who defended for much of the match and seized what scoring chances they had.

Not even a late yellow card to Ryan Crotty was able to stop the Crusaders, who scored tries through outside backs Seta Tamanivalu and David Havili, lock Scott Barrett and replacement scrum-half Mitchell Drummond.

Flanker Cyle Brink and hooker Malcolm Marx scored tries for the Lions, who suffered their third successive final defeat, having lost to the Hurricanes in 2016 and the Crusaders last year.

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