Super Rugby

Lions' long history of Crusaders disappointments

Franco Mostert (Gallo Images)
Franco Mostert (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - A look through the Super Rugby history books suggests the Lions will come unstuck against the Crusaders in Saturday's Super Rugby final in Christchurch. 

Kick-off is at 09:35 SA time.

And if that comes across as overly negative, there is one glaring fact that puts things into perspective. 

The Lions as they are currently known, as well as any other name variations over the years, have never won in Christchurch. 

The 2001 Cats team (a combination between the Lions and Cheetahs) did beat the Crusaders 32-21 away from home, but that match was played at Trafalgar Park in Nelson. 

Since 2007 when the Cats dissolved, the Lions and Crusaders have met on 11 occasions with 8 of those played at Ellis Park and 3 in Christchurch. 

The Lions lost all 3 of those away matches while they won just 2 from the 8 at home over that time. 

It means that the Lions, since 2007, have won 2 and lost 9 of their last 11 matches against the Crusaders. 

In going back to the birth of Super 12 in 1996, the numbers are even more scary. 

If we accept that Transvaal, the Cats and the Golden Lions are all variations of what is currently the Lions franchise, then there have been a total of 22 clashes against the Crusaders since 1996.

The Lions have won just 5 of those matches, losing 17 while their only win away from home came in 2001. 

That gives them an overall win percentage of 22.7%.

Lions record v Crusaders (home team first):

2018: Lions 8-14 Crusaders

2017: Lions 17-25 Crusaders (Final)

2016: Lions 42-25 Crusaders (QF)

2016: Lions 37-43 Crusaders

2015: Crusaders 34-6 Lions

2014: Lions 7-28 Crusaders

2013: No fixture

2012: Lions 13-23 Crusaders

2011: No fixture

2010: Crusaders 46-19 Lions

2009: Lions 20-32 Crusaders

2008: Crusaders 31-6 Lions

2007: Lions 9-3 Crusaders

2006: Crusaders 43-15 Cats

2005: Crusaders 40-36 Cats

2004: Cats 37-39 Crusaders

2003: Crusaders 65-34 Cats

2002: Cats 30-37 Crusaders

2001: Crusaders 31-32 Cats

2000: Cats 54-31 Crusaders

1999: Crusaders 58-38 Cats

1998: Cats 25-34 Crusaders

1997: Crusaders 23-0 Golden Lions

1996: Transvaal 55-23 Crusaders