Super 12 final 2000
Canterbury Crusaders do it again
May 27, 2000
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Date/Time: May 27, 2000
Venue: Bruce Stadium, Canberra
Brumbies 19 - 20 Crusaders
Crusaders skipper Todd Blackadder lifts the 2000 Super 12 trophy after a thrilling 20-19 win in the final, Brumbies v Crusaders, Super 12 final, Canberra Stadium, May 27 2000.
Todd Blackadder lifts the Super 12 trophy
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All Black fly-half Andrew Mehrtens kicked the Canterbury Crusaders to a hat-trick of Super 12 titles when the New Zealanders scored an agonisingly tight 20-19 win over the ACT Brumbies here in the Saturday night final.

Mehrtens slotted home a 40 metre penalty with just three minutes left and the Brumbies two points in front to settle the outcome.

But the New Zealaders had always looked like winning their third consecutive title.

Mehrtens scored 15 points and No 8 Rob Cribb crossed for a try after 52 minutes to make the difference after the superbly-drilled Canterbury changed ends 12-3 ahead.

ACT kicker Stirling Mortlock missed four of his nine attempts at goal but the centre did convert a late try from 19-year-old replacement flanker George Smith and put over four penalties for 14 points.

The Brumbies, in their first final since 1997, were trying to put an end to the New Zealand monopoly of Super 12 rugby.

Auckland Blues won the other two Super 12 titles.

The Crusaders simply showed too much aggression bustling the Brumbies into repeated infringements.

With snow drifting over Bruce Stadium and the temperature plunging as fast as the hopes of ACT fans, the home favourites were unable to find a way through the water-tight Canterbury defence around the ruck.

Smith revived the Australian side's hopes when he charged through five defenders from a line-out to cross beside the posts and set up the conversion for Mortlock.

ACT went ahead for the first time, 19-17, when Mortlock was on target with a close-range penalty.

But the ice-cool Mehrtens sealed the matter with only minutes left to clinch yet another New Zealand triumph.

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