Battle for supremacy

Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam,Nadawa, Nasinu | Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Gallagher Chiefs and the Crusaders, on a high after dismantling the Hurricanes, have safely jetted into Fiji.

For a second successive season, the Chiefs have taken their home Super Rugby match against the Crusaders to Fiji as they are thrilled to be afforded the opportunity to play in Fiji again off the back of a wonderful occasion in Suva last year.

Fiji hosted the historic match ending in favour of the hosts, who beat the Crusaders 23-13. It ended up being a soggy affair, but the rain did little to dampen the spirits of the crowd, whose support was largely split between the Chiefs and Crusaders, with fans cheering for Jone Macilai, Nemani Nadolo and Seta Tamanivalu. Seta had the last laugh.

The weather in Suva was atrocious for expansive rugby but such was the quality of the sides that the skill sets were outstanding, as the Fijian crowd enjoyed some high class rugby and their first taste of Super Rugby.

The rain this week, reminds me of the wet Suva weather as many of us braved the cold to spur our sides with vocal support. While the high flying Chiefs were favourites, the Crusaders gave them a taste of enterprising rugby and some big hits.

Despite the loss, the most successful team in Super Rugby received a huge round of applause from the crowd. On Friday evening, fans must brace themselves for 80 minutes of entertaining rugby with ferocious and brutal hits from both sides.

Those who watched the Crusaders turn the table against the Canes would know that this year's battle would be for supremacy.

The Crusaders having played 11 games lead the standings with a massive 50 points while the Chiefs having played one game less trail by 8 points.

It will all boil down to this important clash in the heart of Fiji. The Crusaders 11 match unbeaten run is on the line and with Seta crossing sides expect fans to cheer on the Crusaders.

The Fiji Sports Council and Government have given fans a fantastic opportunity to watch Super Rugby live from ANZ Stadium. Welcome to Fiji, the Gallagher Chiefs and mighty Crusaders!

All the best to the Crusaders and let's hope that this time around we will make the most noise and return home with maximum points.

Go Crusaders go!

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