Lions to face Crusaders in Super decider
Sydney, Australia - South Africa's Golden Lions will have a home advantage as it chases its first Super Rugby crown against seven-time champions Canterbury Crusaders in the season decider after weekend victories.
The Lions stormed back from 22-3 down late in the first half to claim a 44-29 win over defending champion Wellington Hurricanes to keep the final in Johannesburg next weekend.
The Crusaders, who finished second behind the Lions in the regular season standings, will have to make the trip to South Africa after accounting for New Zealand rivals Waikato Chiefs 27-13 in the other semifinal in Christchurch.
It will be the fourth time a Super Rugby final has been staged in South Africa since 1996.
The Lions will be aiming to give its coach Johan Ackermann a fitting send-off after four rejuvenating years in charge by winning the final at Ellis Park over the benchmark Super Rugby club.
"That's what I always hoped for, that the day I finished here would be in front of our home fans and on our own field," said Ackermann, who is leaving to coach English side Gloucester.
The Lions lost the 2016 final to Hurricanes in Wellington, its tenth defeat by the New Zealand outfit in 11 meetings.