The 2016 Asteron Life Super Rugby season concludes this Saturday with a clash between the Hurricanes and Lions in Wellington, New Zealand, where tickets were snapped up the same day they were made available.
Each is chasing their first-ever title, so regardless of the outcome history will be made, and you will not have to miss a minute of this exciting Rugby Union action when watching on a standard or HD TV, as well as with live streaming options using a Free Trial.
Super Rugby Grand Final Preview
The sides come into the championship after superb semi final wins, both against quality opposition. The New Zealand Hurricanes played host to the Waikato Chiefs and dispatched them 25-9 to arrive at their second consecutive final, while the South Africa based Lions made their first Grand Final after getting the job done against last years champs, the Highlanders, winning 42-30.
The teams last played in mid May, with the Hurricanes comfortably beating the Lions 50-17 in a superb performance that really showed the Rugby world why the Hurricanes are the team to beat, and they are on a seven game winning streak. But the Lions are a different side to the one that was on show that afternoon. They are much better and more potent in attack. It should make for fascinating viewing, with the winner securing their first ever Super Rugby title.
Hurricanes v Lions Live TV
When: Saturday, August 6
Where: Westpac Stadium, Wellington NZ
Live TV: 5:30 pm (Fox Sports 2)
Shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. Super Rugby Grand Final TV Replays available Saturday 6 August from midnight to 2:00 am and Sunday 7 August from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm (Fox Sports 2). Super Rugby Final Free to Air not available in Australia.
Super Rugby Final Live Streaming and a Free Trial
This year’s Super Rugby Grand Final is not on Free to Air TV, but Fox Sports 3 will provide the most complete Live coverage including no ad-breaks during play, along with full match replays if you wish to enjoy it again.
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The Hurricanes have clearly been the best side of the entire competition, winning their last seven matches, including a dominant 29-9 win over the Highlanders last weekend, their first ever playoff win against a fellow New Zealand team. They go into Saturday as warm favourites, and rightfully so given their amazing season and their superb record against the Lions.
Hurricanes Players to Watch
Beauden Barrett was fantastic in the Semi Final win over the Chiefs on Saturday night, highlighted by his brilliant solo try after making a bust through the ruck. His speed will be very handy when it comes to the crunch time and both sides are looking for that spark. He could be it for the Hurricanes.
Ricky Riccitelli got the late call up to replace skipper Dane Coles last week in the Semi Final, and despite some early nerves and wobbly passes to the line out, he was pretty solid, in fact very good. The captain is still under an injury cloud due to injury, and if Riccitelli does play again, he will be crucial to how well the Hurricanes play.
They have been the fairytale story of the season. A couple of years back they were kicked out of the comp before Johan Ackermann took over and has brought together a bunch of relative no names to within one win of a great story. They were brilliant against the Highlanders and really just monstered them in every department of the game. They now have to travel close to 12000m km and take on the form side of the competition, something that won’t be easy.
Lions Players To Watch
Rohan Janse van Rensburg is a very chunky centre for the Lions who has a Jonah Lomu likeness about him in the sense of how big and damaging he can be with a ball in his hand, as we saw on the weekend when he caused some real nightmares. If he can get space and early ball, he will cause massive troubles for the home side.
His centre partner Lionel Mapoe is near the opposite of van Rensburg. He is all limbs, but he is lightning quick. If he too gets early ball and a sniff of clear air, he will prove near unstoppable to hold out in a side which is number one for attack in the 2016 season. He has been a big factor for that.