Super Rugby Pacific 2023 reaches its conclusion this weekend and it’s an all-New Zealand affair to decide the 2023 champions. Lucky viewers in Australia can watch free on 9Now. Use a VPN if you’re stuck outside Australia. Crusaders Super Rugby Pacific
FMG Stadium Waikato is hosting the showpiece event as the Chiefs aim to benefit from home advantage against the Crusaders.
Two wins against the Reds (29-20) and Brumbies (19-6) booked Clayton McMillan’s Chiefs safe passage to the big dance and have won eight of their nine games at home overall in 2023.
By comparison it was a cruise for the Crusaders as they blitzed Drua 49-8 and then dispatched the Blues 52-15 in their last four encounter.
Chiefs have the upper hand in the recent head-to-heads winning both Super Rugby Pacific games – the first time they’ve won multiple games against the Crusaders since 2016 having won only two of their previous eight meetings leading into this year’s competition.
The Crusaders have lost 10 of their last 13 Super Rugby play-off games when playing as the away team – although the most recent loss was seven years ago.
No team has a better win rate against the Crusaders in the competition than the Chiefs, winning 19 of their clashes.