Super Rugby Final

Super Rugby final: 'I'm really confident we will have a full house'

The Crusaders will face off against the South African Lions tomorrow night, but the competition has already faced its fair share of controversy over seat sales - and (as of last night) tickets are still available for the final.

But Crusaders chief executive Hamish Riach said he expected this final to be a sell-out, with, as of last night, only a few hundred seats left.

"They are looking really good - we will sell this game out.

"They are still steadily going out the door, so I'm really confident we will have a full house on Saturday night."

Lions due good to go for final

Springbok wing Dyantyi scored a brilliant solo try in the Lions' 44-26 semi-final win over the Waratahs in Johannesburg on Saturday, but left the field at halftime with a hamstring complaint.

He has been included in the 25-man party to make the journey to New Zealand though, along with loose-forward Brink, who missed the semi-final with an arm injury.

The powerful Brink has been a stand-out performer this season in the place of injured former skipper Jaco Kriel and both he and Dyantyi are likely to start the decider against the Crusaders.

Taufua out of Super Rugby final

Taufua, nicknamed 'Beast', sustained the injury during the defending champions' 30-12 semi-final victory over the Hurricanes on Saturday.

Pete Samu is set to come into the side when Scott Robertson's men come up against the Lions at AMI Stadium next Saturday in a repeat of last year's decider.

Taufua posted on Instagram: "Unfortunately for me that's my season on the field done... pretty gutted to not be able to run out with my brothers for the final but will be a loud and proud supporter off it!! One more to go."

Crusaders unchanged for final

Despite No 8 Read limping off with a knee injury with several minutes remaining in the 27-13 win over the Chiefs in the semifinal in Christchurch last weekend, and tighthead prop Franks having to be replaced at halftime by Mike Alaalatoa because of an Achilles tendon complaint, the two All Blacks have been confirmed as starters for the match in Johannesburg on Sunday morning.

Crusaders assistant coach Brad Mooar noted Read and Franks had been carefully managed since the team arrived in South Africa, guaranteeing the same 23 will take the park for the third week running.

'In your face' approach in store for Crusaders

Buoyed by news they will play in front of a sellout crowd of 62,000 at Ellis Park, the Lions have their sights set on becoming the competition's second South African champions when they host the decider on Sunday morning.

Standing in the way of the overall top qualifiers are the New Zealand conference-winning Crusaders, who share the same 16 win-one loss record this season.

Lions coach Johan Ackermann is adamant his team mustn't depart from the expansive methods that have taken them to successive finals.

Lions loosies dream big

The Lions host the seven-time champion Crusaders in the Super Rugby title match in Johannesburg on Sunday morning (NZ time), looking to lift the silverware for the first time.

Having pulled off a remarkable comeback semifinal win over the champion Hurricanes at Ellis Park last weekend, No 8 Ackermann said the quick turnaround meant the enormity of the occasion was still sinking in.

No neutral ref for Super rugby final

South African whistleblower Jayco Peyper, who controlled the Lions semi-final win over the Hurricanes, will be in control of the final.

Peyper controversially sinbinned Hurricanes first five Beauden Barrett in the semi-final prompting futher debate over why referees from neutral countries weren't controlling the playoff matches.

New Zealand referee Glen Jackson and another South African Marius van Westhuizen are the assistant referees.

South African Marius Jonker is the television match official.