Ahead of Saturday’s Super Rugby final here are some key facts assessing the Hurricanes and Lions, supplied by Opta.
– There will be a new name on the trophy this year, meaning that five of the last six Super Rugby seasons will have seen a first-time winner.
– The Hurricanes have won nine of their 10 encounters with the Lions in Super Rugby, including each of their last seven. In those last seven wins they have beaten the South African side by an average of 15.3 points per game
– Not only will the Hurricanes be searching for Grand Final glory, but also an eighth consecutive Super Rugby win, which would set a club record.
– The Hurricanes are yet to win a Final from two attempts, losing by seven points to the Crusaders in 2006 and by the same margin to the Highlanders in 2015.
– This will be the first time the Lions have reached the Grand Final; they are aiming to become only the second South African side to win the title (Bulls in 2007, 2009, 2010).
– The Lions have won their last three games against New Zealand opposition, scoring in excess of 40 points on each occasion. They’ve also won on two of their four excursions to New Zealand this season.
– Not since 2012 has a Super Rugby final been decided by more than the value of a converted try (Chiefs 37-6 Sharks).
– The Lions (25) and Hurricanes (23) have scored the second and third most tries from possessions originating in their own half respectively this season, only the Crusaders (26) have scored more.
– This final pitches the best attack against the best defence, the Lions have averaged a competition high 36.4 points and 4.8 tries per game whilst the Hurricanes have conceded a league low 19 points per game.
– Ardie Savea won three turnovers in the Hurricanes’ semi-final win, more than any other player across the weekend, to take his season tally to 24, thesecond most of any player, only one behind the Brumbies’ David Pocock (25). Savea has also made more tackles than any other player this season (192).
– The final sees the most prolific kickers in the competition go head to head. Beauden Barrett (71) and Elton Jantjies (70) have kicked more goals than any other players in the competition, though the Lions’ shot-taker (74 percent) has been more accurate than his New Zealand counterpart (70 percent).