Lions captain Jaco Kriel and Crusaders counterpart Sam Whitelock pose with the Super Rugby trophy at Ellis Park on Friday. Photo: Muzi Ntombela, BackpagePix

So, the million-bucks question is: who will be crowned Super Rugby champions today? We asked our Independent Media Rugby Writers for their views...

JACQUES VAN DER WESTHUYZEN

WHO WILL WIN? Lions!

WHY? Besides having 60 000 title-hungry fans cheering them on, they know every blade of grass on the turf at Ellis Park. The Crusaders will run out of steam, like the Canes did. And a 15-match unbeaten run is significant and so, too, is the fact that it’s Johan Ackermann’s farewell.

WYNONA LOUW

WHO WILL WIN: Lions!

WHY: The Lions bring it in every area: finesse, a solid pack and goal-kicking skill. In fact, the only negative thing I can say about the hosts is that I hope their sloppy playoff starts are a thing of the past. Other than that, I see no reason why the Lions can’t make it 16 in a row at home.

VATA NGOBENI

WHO WILL WIN: Lions!

WHY: The Lions have proven that they have what it takes to beat the best teams in the competition. Their ambition to be champions will also be fuelled by the emotions of this being the last game of coach Johan Ackermann's reign.

MIKE GREENAWAY

WHO WILL WIN? Crusaders!

WHY? My heart is with Johan Ackermann, but across the board the Crusaders have better quality players, man for man. The first 20 minutes is absolutely crucial. If the Crusaders get a healthy lead, they will not succumb to a Lions comeback like the Hurricanes did last week. I think the talent of the Crusaders players will overcome the Lions’ home-ground advantage, and the travel effect.

DARRYN POLLOCK

WHO WILL WIN? Lions!

WHY: They have shown they are not afraid of Kiwi teams with a good win in their first encounter with one this year, the Hurricanes, and the Kiwis have shown Ellis Park, and altitude, play a big role when the second half push usually comes.

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