One of the best seasons in the competition’s history will come to a close if the Chiefs defeat the Crusaders in the Super Rugby championship game on Saturday. After defeating every other team in the competition at least once, they would become the first team to defeat the Crusaders three times in a single season.
The Chiefs outperformed every other club in the round-robin in terms of points scored and allowed. With nine front-line players out, their lone defeat came at the hands of the Reds by a score of three. After a 27-phase attack that lasted far into extra time, they came close to scoring a try to win the game.
Crusaders vs. Chiefs in the 2023 Super Rugby Final in Hamilton
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Samipeni Finau, a loose forward, and Emoni Narawa, a winger, have little time to celebrate being named to their first All Blacks squad before getting down to business for Saturday’s Super Rugby Pacific final in a crucial week for the Waikato Chiefs.
Finau and Narawa, both of Tonga origin, were included in Ian Foster’s Rugby Championship team on Sunday. They were among ten Chiefs players honored for an outstanding campaign that will conclude with a titanic match against the Canterbury Crusaders.
Sam Whitelock has an opportunity to play against Chiefs in the Super Rugby championship thanks to Crusaders.
Super Rugby Pacific final: Crusaders v Chiefs.
Where: FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton.
When: 7.05pm, Saturday.
Coverage: Live on Sky Sport, live updates on Stuff from 6.45pm.
The situation of seasoned Crusaders lock Sam Whitelock is undoubtedly the biggest subplot leading up to the Super Rugby Pacific championship match.
Will the outgoing lock line up for one last fight against Brodie Retallick and the Chiefs on Saturday night after missing the past two weeks due to an Achilles injury?
Don’t anticipate the 34-year-old to lace on the boots for his franchise once more before he flies to France if All Blacks coach Ian Foster’s remarks from Sunday night, when he virtually ruled him out of the final, are any indication.
According to the medical information we have regarding Sam Whitelock’s Achilles, Foster remarked, “Well, we will wait and see on Sam Whitelock, we certainly wouldn’t expect him to play.”
Whitelock trained last week, is rumored to be beyond anxious to play one final game, and the Crusaders won’t rule out the guy with the second-most caps in team history.
Best Streaming options to Watch Super Rugby Pacific 2023: When does it start, how to watch
|Game||Crusaders vs Chiefs | CRU v CHI|
|Venue||FMG Stadium Waikato|
|Date & time||24 June 2023|
|Television||SKY Sports & Foxtel Now|
How to watch Super Rugby Pacific 2023
All 91 Super Rugby games will be available to watch live on Stan.
You can sign up for the streaming service here.
The weekly Saturday night match will be simulcast live free-to-air on the Nine Network