WELLINGTON – The Canterbury Crusaders soaked up the pressure from an enterprising Jaguares side to clinch their 10th Super Rugby title with a tight 19-3 victory in chilly conditions at Rugby League Park in Christchurch on Saturday.
It was also their third successive title under Scott Robertson, who became the first coach to guide a Super Rugby team to three consecutive championships.
Hooker Codie Taylor scored the only try for the home side, while flyhalf Richie Mo'unga added 14 points with the boot.
Joaquin Diaz Bonilla slotted a penalty for the Jaguares, who were playing their first Super Rugby final following a remarkable rise after only joining the southern hemisphere competition in 2016.
The Jaguares entered the final having won 11 of their last 12 games and held no fears of facing the Crusaders at their home venue, where the New Zealand side were on an unbeaten 30-match streak over the last three years.