MATCH
CENTRE
All fixtures and scores here!
Login
Logout
Show scores

Crusaders snubbed by SAANZAR

Back

Only one Crusader picked in SAANZAR's team of the year

SAANZAR, the governing body that runs Super Rugby has snubbed the champion Crusader side in its annual team of the year announcement, with just one player from the champions named in the lineup.

There was no room for the in-form Richie Mo’unga, as Damian McKenzie took the player of the year award as well as the starting flyhalf position. Mo’unga was integral to the Crusaders championship run and was awarded the man-of-the-match for his performance in the final against the Lions.

The lone Crusader to make the side was winger George Bridge, who finished with 15 tries but was unable to crack the All Blacks squad for the Rugby Championship.

SAANZAR has explained that the model that determines the selections is ‘based on comprehensive statistics that monitor in detail every action of every match’. The fans are not buying it however with many criticising the team.

“LMAO, what a joke… mmm cruzaders players?” one user responded, whilst another labelled the team “Bogus” as none of the Crusaders pack had been named.

“Sorry, not a single player from the Crusaders forward pack? The best in the world and the reason they won the comp with ease. Bogus.”

It appears the team is loaded with ‘stat beasts’ that perform well with ball-in-hand and hence can look great on paper, but off-the-ball work and decision-making are unlikely to be captured.

SAANZAR may have to go back to the drawing board for next year’s edition.

 

 

Sign up to our mailing list here and we’ll keep you up to the minute with weekly updates from the world of rugby.

Join our mailing list and get news, highlights and more every week!

Thanks for joining our mailing list.
Only one Crusader picked in SAANZAR's team of the year