Jaguares trample Brumbies to reach first Super Rugby final

Scott Mcleod talks with fellow All Blacks coaches Steve Hansen and Ian Foster

Scott Mcleod talks with fellow All Blacks coaches Steve Hansen and Ian Foster

Mo'unga started the proceedings with a third minute penalty goal and by the 13th minute Crusaders got their first try with Reece diving over the line.

Standing in the way of a 10th Crusaders title are the Jaguares after the Argentine side booked their maiden grand final appearance with a 39-7 demolition of the Brumbies in Buenos Aires earlier on Saturday (AEST).

"I am really disappointed with the result, but the Jaguares were very good and put a lot of pressure on us which, inevitably, resulted in mistakes".

Sevu Reece ran in two tries as the Crusaders held off the Hurricanes to book their place in the Super Rugby final with a 30-26 win.

Matias Orlando crossed for two second-half tries and Joaquin Diaz Bonilla finished with 14 points off the boot in a convincing win.

"We knew we had an opportunity and we came out and took it from the first minute", said lock Guido Petti.

The Crusaders looked to have one foot in the final when they led 13-0 after 39 minutes with Reece having contributed a large proportion of that score with a sensational first try.

When the Hurricanes finally attacked with ball in hand they created a try for Ngani Laumape just before the break which kept them in the match.

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The Crusaders quickly answered Lam's try with a try to Mo'unga, opening an eight-point lead.

Barrett was guilty of kicking the ball away early but turned the game around for the Hurricanes when he ran at the defense in the second half.

The game was now flowing back and forth but it was the Crusaders who got the next score when a big cut-out pass to Reece allowed the winger the inches of space he needed to goose-step past Beauden Barrett and ground the ball in the corner.

Ringing their changes with substitutes brought an immediate reward in the 57th minute when from a lineout the Crusaders worked the ball to Mo'unga who went back out, and then the play went to midfield where No.8 Kieran Read, Matt Todd and replacement Jordan Taufua, who only been on the field for seconds, set the ball up for replacement centre Braydon Ennor who flung a long ball to Reece.

Laumape and Reece then traded tries, before TJ Perenara stretched out late in the piece to give the Hurricanes a great chance to steal the win.

"That's been the theme for us all week, just being relentless and never giving up", Hurricanes captain Dane Coles said.

"We started pretty well in the second half but some of those tries they got were pretty easy".

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