Super Rugby 2019: History on the line for both coaches ahead of final in Christchurch

Crusaders coach Scott Robertson will become the first super rugby head coach to win three titles in a row if they beat the Jaguares in tomorrow's final in Christchurch.

And for the Jaguares, a win would cap off a dream year for their coach who's in his first season in charge.

Even before Saturday Super Rugby Final, the head coaches from both sides have a lot of history. It's Scott Robertson v Gonzalo Quesada. 

"I know Gonzo their coach well, played over in France, each other for New Zealand colts 20 odd years ago." Robertson said.

"I was very lucky to meet Scott a long time ago when he was in Perpignan." Jaguares coach Quesada said. 

Robertson's trying to become the first head coach to "breakdance" his way to three super titles in a row; he also won three as a player.

Super Rugby 2019: History on the line for both coaches ahead of final in Christchurch
Super Rugby 2019: History on the line for both coaches ahead of final in Christchurch

In contrast, Quesada has taken the Jaguares all the way through to the decider, in his first year in charge.

"I am super proud to play his team in the final in Christchurch," Quesada said.

"In the first year it's pretty impressive what he's done, we're expecting everything," Robertson said.

A former first five for Argentina, Quesada's association with the Crusaders coaching line-up doesn't end there.

I was coaching also in France Stade Francais in Paris when Ronan O'Gara was at racing so we are good friends." Quesada said.

"I played against him in the 2003 World Cup," O'Gara said.

Tomorrow will be O'Gara's last for the Crusaders, before he heads to France to coach la Rochelle, with fellow assistant coach Brad Mooar also off, to Scarlets in Wales.

"Yesterday I had a bit of a sad moment for 20 seconds but you have to snap back into reality," O'Gara said.

And that reality is that friends will become adversaries on Saturday as super rugby history awaits.

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