CHRISTCHURCH – The victory celebrations for back-to-back Super Rugby titles had hardly started when the Crusaders put the spotlight on completing a triple crown next year.
The Crusaders were too smart and too clinical for the Golden Lions in Christchurch on Saturday as they took the grand final 37-18, to go with their 25-17 win over the same side the previous year.
It extended the New Zealand club's phenomenal record in the 23-year-old southern hemisphere competition to nine titles from 13 finals, and they have missed making at least the semi-finals only five times.
Coach Scott Robertson said talk of winning again in 2019 has already started.
"One of the players – I won't name names – it was the first thing he said... I thought he was going to come in for a cuddle. He was talking about that," Robertson said, confirming he was keen to stay with the side and did not really want a break between seasons.