Jordan Taufua has signed off from Super Rugby in fairytale fashion as the future Tiger came off the bench to feature in a third straight title win for the Crusaders when they defeated the Jaguares 19-3 in Christchurch on Saturday.
Scott Robertson, who won three titles with the Crusaders as a player, has now won the championship in each of his three years as head coach.
The Crusaders completed their three-peat last night in beating the Jaguares in the Super Rugby final but rather than the try-scoring festivals fans were hoping, the scoreline was kept ticking along by Mo'unga's boot.
In an action packed match, the Crusaders were deserved winners as they committed less unforced errors and although they were severely tested by the Jaguares, they gained the upper-hand as the match progressed with Codie Taylor crossing for the only try of the match during the first half.
Jaguares winger Matias Moroni missed a scoring chance near the end of the first half, losing the ball in two tackles near the goal line. At least we had one South African involved in the final, and he really did a sterling job.
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Crusaders: 15 David Havili, 14 Sevu Reece, 13 Braydon Ennor, 12 Jack Goodhue, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo'unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Whetukamokamo Douglas, 5 Sam Whitelock (captain), 4 Mitchell Dunshea, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody.
Mo'unga added the extras but despite that setback, the Jaguares continued to attack and asked plenty of questions of the home side's defence.
The Jaguares threw everything at the Crusaders in the opening minutes of the second half, but the home side withstood the onslaught and then began to mount pressure on the visitors.
They destroyed a Jaguares scrum, Todd was driven over the line but couldn't ground the ball.
Mo'unga instead slotted a 45-metre penalty after the hooter had sounded when hooker Agustin Creevy was penalised at the breakdown to give the home side a 10-3 lead at the break. As the scales tipped a little in the Crusaders' favor Mo'unga goaled for a 16-3 lead after 59 minutes.