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07:35 (GMT) | 14-04-2017
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The Crusaders give away a penalty and the referee blows to end the game. FULL TIME
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The Sunwolves take the throw after it soars over everyone contesting the ball. The ball goes int touch and the horn sounds
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The hosts kick into touch inside the 10 of the away team
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The Sunwolves have a 22 meter line-out. They take their own line-out this time. The Crusaders turnover and get a penalty
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They try a quick short throw but it's lost forward. Scrum to the Crusaders at their 22
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The ball kicked into touch by the Sunwolves after a penalty
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The ball is sent to the back line of the visitors and cleared. Line-out for the Crusaders at the 10 of the away team
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The hosts look to make some ground with the maul and they get inside the 22. A wide pass sent to the wing almost sees the hosts go through to score another try but it's lost in touch
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The away team lose it as they try to move out of their half. The ball is kicked into touch by the Crusaders and they have a 23 meter throw
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Crusaders take their scrum and clear into touch at the 10 of the visitors
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Line-out to the Sunwolves on the opposite side of the field now. Crusaders take the ball and an interception by the visitors at the 22 is there but it's lost forward.
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The ball kicked into touch around the 22 of the hosts. The Sunwolves lose their line-out and the ball is cleared into touch
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The Sunwolves fighting to get out of their own half. They win a penalty
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Scrum to the away team in their own half
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The Crusaders take their throw and move forward again now inside the away team half
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The line-out is taken and the ball lost forward immediately after by the visitors. The referee decides to award an earlier infringement and the ball is kicked into touch
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Sunwolves win a penalty around the half way and the ball is kicked into touch around the 22
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The ball is taken and cleared. The Sunwolves with the ball now, building from their 10. They kick forward and give away possession
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Line-out to the hosts around their 10
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McKenzie adds the extras
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The ball taken out the back quickly and Whetu Douglas sneaks over the line to score the TRY
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Scrum reset
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The referee blows for a penalty to the Crusaders. Another penalty at the 5
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The referee halts play as bodies pile on the try line. Scrum to the Crusaders in front of the sticks
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The Sunwolves have a line-out at their 5 after a clearance attempt is charged down. The Crusaders in possession after the throw and they again set up camp at the 5 of the away team
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The conversion is good
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Line-out taken by the hosts. The ball moved up field and then a smart kick forward is collected by Bridge who glides over the wet grass to score the TRY
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The visitors get the ball in their try area and clear
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The hosts make their way inside the 22 of the visitors again and the Sunwolves struggle to find an answer to stop the progress the hosts are making
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Line-out to the Sunwolves inside their own territory. The ball is moved back and then cleared
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The reset kick is there and the Crusaders waste no time looking for more. A one-sided affair thus far
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Mo'unga doesn't miss from in front of the sticks
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The Crusaders at the 5 and they are held back briefly, but the relentless pressure sees the Sunwolves cave as the Crusaders make it over the line to score the first TRY of the second half. Credited to Samu
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The ball kicked into touch and the Crusaders have a line-out around the 10 of the away team. They move forward and win a penalty which they take quickly
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The Crusaders take the Sunwolves scrum and push forward to the edge of the 5. The visitors win another scrum as the ball is lost forward
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The Crusaders on the break after a seemingly effortless burst through the middle of the Sunwolves defensive line. They make it to the 22 before the ball is lost forward. Scrum to the visitors
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The second half is underway

Half Time

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HALF TIME. Cyclone Cook taking it's toll on the pitch as the players march to the locker room through puddles
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Line-out to the Sunwolves around the 22 of the Crusaders after the reset. They move the ball around tentatively but lose it and the referee blows.
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Mo'unga misses his kick
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Line-out to the Sunwolves around their 10. They try to make their way forward but it's lost and the ball is sent to the wing where is waiting. He jogs the distance and has a bit of a slip and slide in the try area after placing it down on the wet pitch. TRY
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The Crusaders take their scrum and look to make some ground on the soaked pitch. The ball bounces into touch after a kick forward
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Scrum to the Sunwolves inside their 10. They clear after the ball is sent to the back line. Scrum to the hosts around the half way after the clearance
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Line-out to the Crusaders after the restart. Penalty to the Crusaders in the line-out. The ball is kicked into touch around the 10 of the visitors
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Mo'unga misses again
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The Crusaders moving the ball around with a pace the Sunwolves aren't able to keep up with. They make it it the 5 and Mataele gets his second in 5 minutes
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Mo'unga misses his conversion kick
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The reset kick is taken by the hosts and they make a quick break with 14 men to go over the line and score another TRY. Credited to Mataele
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The referee blows for a penalty to the Sunwolves outside the 22. Tumara gets his team 3 points
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The Sunwolves kick into touch around the 22 of the hosts after the tackle in the air is awarded with a yellow card. Tamanivalu the guilty party
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The reset kick sees the away team break along the wing after a clash in the air. The referee stops play to assess the situation
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Mo’unga secures the 2 points
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Crusaders now outside the 5 after the line-out. They look to power their way through as the ball is moved between the sticks. The referee takes a look and blows his whistle. TRY to Ben Funnell
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They teak their scrum win a penalty
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Line-out to the visitors at the 10 of the Crusaders. They get a penalty and take it quickly, now edging inside the 22 of the home team. The referee blows for scrum outside the 22 of the hosts to the home team
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The Sunwolves make it through the middle but illegally. The referee calls play back for a scrum to the hosts inside their 10
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Offside against the home team and the ball kicked into touch
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Scrum to the Crusaders on the 10 of the visitors.
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Line-out for the visitors after the restart. Sunwolves inside the 10 of the hosts but lose it and the ball is cleared
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Mo’unga adds the extras
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The Crusaders win a line-out at the 5 and they make some ground in the maul. Read gets it and makes it over the line to open the scoring
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The ball sent along the wing and kicked forward but the defence from the away team regains their position
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The hosts make it to the 5 but the Sunwolves clear
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The Sunwolves feeling the pressure early on as the Crusaders' relentless attacks are put to a stop with a clearance from the back line
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Crusaders looking to work their way into the 22 of the away team again but the ball is cleared
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Sunwolves win another scrum this time outside their 5
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The Crusaders take the opposition scrum and kick into touch at the 5. They take the ball down and look for ground in the maul
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The referee blows for a free kick to the away team. The ball kicked back and forth by both teams. Crusaders breaking fast now as they enter the 22 of the visitors. The referee halts play as it's lost forward. Scrum to the Sunwolves inside their 22
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Scrum reset again
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Scrum reset
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Sunwolves win a scrum of their own after the hosts scrum
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The referee blows for a scrum at the mid field after the ball was kicked into touch. Crusaders scrum reset
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The referee blows and 'we're off
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Wind speeds inside the pitch are 24km/h, North East
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The players readying themselves to enter the pitch now
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The Sunwolves have scored four tries in two of their last three games away from home after doing so only once in their six Super Rugby away matches before that
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The Crusaders have won each of their last six games, though four of those victories came by single-figure margins. In fact, the Crusaders have won 12 of their last 14 games at home, scoring an average of 37 points per game across that period.
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This will be the first-ever meeting between these sides, though the Sunwolves' only previous encounter with New Zealand opposition ended in an 83-17 loss to the Hurricanes
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Welcome to Christchurch, where the Crusaders tackle the Sunwolves
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Wyatt Crockett
  • 2 Ben Funnell
  • 3 Michael Alaalatoa
  • 4 Luke Romano
  • 5 Sam Whitelock
  • 6 Pete Samu
  • 7 Matt Todd
  • 8 Kieran Read
  • 9 Mitchell Drummond
  • 10 Richie Mo’unga
  • 11 Manasa Mataele
  • 12 Tim Bateman
  • 13 Jack Goodhue
  • 14 Seta Tamanivalu
  • 15 David Havili
RESERVES
  • 16 Andrew Makalio
  • 17 Joe Moody
  • 18 Oliver Jager
  • 19 Quinten Strange
  • 20 Whetu Douglas
  • 21 Leon Fukofuka
  • 22 Marty McKenzie
  • 23 George Bridge
START LINE UP
  • 1 Keita Inagaki
  • 2 Takeshi Kizu
  • 3 Takuma Asahara
  • 4 Liaki Moli
  • 5 Sam Wykes
  • 6 Ed Quirk
  • 7 Shunsuke Nunomaki
  • 8 Rahboni Warren-Vosayaco
  • 9 Fumiaki Tanaka
  • 10 Yu Tamura
  • 11 Teruya Goto
  • 12 Derek Carpenter
  • 13 Timothy Lafaela
  • 14 Takaaki Nakazuru
  • 15 Kotaro Matsushima
RESERVES
  • 16 Yusuke Niwai
  • 17 Koki Yamamoto
  • 18 Helichiro Ito
  • 19 Shinya Makabe
  • 20 Yuhimaru Mimura
  • 21 Yuki Yatomi
  • 22 William Tupou
  • 23 Jamie-Jerry Taulagi
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SR Preview: Round Eight, Part One

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 08:03

IN THE SUPER RUGBY SPOTLIGHT: Now that the cat is out the bag, the South African and Australian conferences are going to get a lot more interesting.

The Sunwolves can travel to Christchurch on Friday, for an encounter with the seven-time champion Crusaders, safe in the knowledge that they will partake in the competition next year, even if they concede 100 points in all their remaining matches.

However, on Saturday is when things get interesting.

First up the Reds, apparently also safe, host the Southern Kings - one of the teams on the South African shortlist for franchises to be culled in 2018.

Then we can sit back and enjoy another thrilling New Zealand derby - the Blues versus Hurricanes.

In Part One of the preview, we look at the first three matches of the weekend!

Friday, April 14:

Crusaders v Sunwolves
(AMI Stadium, Christchurch - Kick-off: 19.35; 16.35 Japan time; 07.35 GMT)

The Sunwolves could be in for a rude awaking when they arrive in Christchurch on Saturday.

The Crusaders will play the Japanese side, who have been confirmed by SANZAAR as safe from the impending cull looming over Super Rugby, for the first time.

The Crusaders, along with the Stormers, are the only unbeaten sides remaining going into round eight of the competition.

The seven-time champion Crusaders ease back into the fray following a bye and have All Black captain Kieran Read back for his first outing of the season - having recovered from wrist surgery.

And the match will also be a significant milestone for fellow All Black Crockett, as he makes a record 176th appearance in Super Rugby.

The 34-year-old will overtake retired All Black Keven Mealamu's record of 175.

The Crusaders feel comfortable enough to have made a raft of changes to the side that beat the Waratahs a fortnight ago.

Just five players of their 23 remain in the same position

The Sunwolves, who are coached by retired All Black back row forward Filo Tiatia and have listed former Highlander Fumiaki Tanaka to start at scrumhalf, upset the Bulls 21-20 in Tokyo last weekend.

However, they should not expect such 'hospitality' from a New Zealand outfit determined to cling to their place at the top of Super Rugby's totem pole.

Previous results:
These teams have never met before in Super Rugby

Prediction: This will be the first-ever meeting between these sides, though the Sunwolves' only previous encounter with New Zealand opposition ended in an 83-17 loss to the Hurricanes. The Crusaders have won each of their last six games, though four of those victories came by single-figure margins. In fact, the Crusaders have won 12 of their last 14 games at home, scoring an average of 37 points per game across that period. The Sunwolves have scored four tries in two of their last three games away from home after doing so only once in their six Super Rugby away matches before that. The Crusaders have won their last 14 regular season games against teams from outside New Zealand, scoring an average of 38 points per game across those victories. The only way the Sunwolves will win this game is if the Crusaders fail to turn up. The Crusaders will win by at least 25 points - probably a lot more.

Teams:

Crusaders: 15 David Havili, 14 Seta Tamanivalu, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Tim Bateman, 11 Manasa Mataele, 10 Richie Mo'unga, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Pete Samu, 5 Sam Whitelock (captain), 4 Luke Romano, 3 Michael Alaalatoa, 2 Ben Funnell, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Andrew Makalio, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Oliver Jager, 19 Quinten Strange, 20 Whetu Douglas, 21 Leon Fukofuka, 22 Marty McKenzie, 23 George Bridge.

Sunwolves: 15 Kotaro Matsushima, 14 Takaaki Nakazuru, 13 Timothy Lafaele, 12 Derek Carpenter, 11 Teruya Goto, 10 Yu Tamura, 9 Fumiaki Tanaka, 8 Rahboni Warren-Vosayaco, 7 Shunsuke Nunomaki, 6 Edward Quirk, 5 Sam Wykes, 4 Liaki Moli, 3 Takuma Asahara, 2 Takeshi Kizu, 1 Keita Inagaki.
Replacements: 16 Yusuke Niwai, 17 Koki Yamamoto, 18 Heiichiro Ito, 19 Shinya Makabe, 20 Yuhimaru Mimura, 21 Yuki Yatomi, 22 William Tupou, 23 Jamie-Jerry Taulagi.

Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Shuhei Kubo (Japan), Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)
TMO: Glen Newman (New Zealand)

Saturday, April 15:

Reds v Southern Kings
(Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane - Kick-off: 15.05; -7.05 SA time; 05.05 GMT)

The Reds may have escaped the big Super Rugby cull - or at least they believe they will.

However, Reds fullback Karmichael Hunt admitted it is a 'difficult time' all round.

"As players, we wanted to stand for a five-team [five Australian teams in the] competition, but obviously the Australian Rugby Union and SANZAAR [South Africa, New Zealand, Australian and Argentina Rugby] have gone the other way," Hunt said.

"For us, as Reds players, our focus is here - on playing rugby and winning games," he added.

The problem is that their opponents, the Southern Kings, are in line - or at the very least on the official shortlist - to be culled from the competition in 2018.

Hunt said the Reds are determined to put the sideshows behind them and focus on a team that will be determined to claim a few scalps and make a statement about staying in the competition going forward.

"Being one [win] from six [starts] is not goof, so we are looking forwards to putting in a good performance," the fullback said.

Reds coach Nick Stiles admitted that his team's preparations have been disrupted by a Wallaby camp, with their first full training session on Tuesday afternoon.

The Kings made a statement of intent against the Western Force (another team on the chopping block) last week.

They will have to replicate that performance - only with a 'W' attached to the result.

Kings coach Deon Davids admitted that his side was expecting another tough encounter against the Reds.
 
"The Reds are a quality side with a lot of international players in their squad," Davids said.

"It is going to be important for us to minimise our mistakes and use our opportunities much more effectively against them on Saturday," he said.
 
"Last week [against the Force] there was much improvement in certain areas of our game.

"Unfortunately, close decisions and our inability to use our opportunities better cost us that game.

"We are a team that is still learning, eager to learn and we are very excited to get an opportunity to play a quality side like the Reds on Saturday here in Brisbane."
 
Previous results:
These teams have never met before in Super Rugby

Prediction: This will be the first meeting between the Reds and Kings; the South African side have won once, drawn once and lost once in their three previous visits to Australia. The Reds have won six of their last eight games at home against South African opposition, including each of their last two. The Kings have won just one of their last five games outside of South Africa, conceding an average of 48 points per game across that period. The Kings have made 133 tackles and won 9.5 turnovers per game this season, more than any other team in either category. Samu Kerevi has beaten 33 defenders from just seven games this season, eight more than any other player and 14 more than Kings' best Lionel Cronje (19). The Reds are at home and while they (according to the ARU) have no axe hovering over their head, they are under pressure. The Kings will again be competitive, but we expect the Reds to edge the visitors by eight points.

Teams:

Reds: 15 Karmichael Hunt, 14 Izaia Perese, 13 Samu Kerevi (captain), 12 Duncan Paia'aua, 11 Eto Nabuli, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 James Tuttle, 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 George Smith, 6 Hendrik Tui, 5 Lukhan Tui, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Sam Talakai, 2 Alex Mafi, 1 Sef Fa'agase.
Replacements: 16 Andrew Ready, 17 Kirwan Sanday, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Kane Douglas, 20 Adam Korczyk, 21 Nick Frisby, 22 Hamish Stewart, 23 Chris Kuridrani.

Southern Kings: 15 Masixole Banda, 14 Yaw Penxe, 13 Berton Klaasen, 12 Luzuko Vulindlu, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Lionel Cronje (captain), 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Ruaan Lerm, 7 Tyler Paul, 6 Chris Cloete, 5 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 4 Mzwanele Zito, 3 Justin Forwood, 2 Michael Willemse, 1 Chris Heiberg.
Replacements: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Schalk van der Merwe, 18 Dayan van der Westhuizen, 19 Irne Herbst, 20 Andisa Ntsila, 21 Johan Steyn, 22 Wandile Mjekevu, 23 Pieter-Steyn de Wet.
 
Referee: Quinton Immelman (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa), Damon Murphy (Australia)
TMO: Damien Mitchelmore (Australia)

Blues v Hurricanes
(Eden Park, Auckland - Kick-off: 19.35; 07.35 GMT)

The defending champion Hurricanes travel to Auckland to face the Blues in a match that had the spotlight on sideshows all week.

The sideshows revolve around code-hopping All Black Sonny Bill Williams, who will be starting in a new unique jersey which does not feature the logo of the team or competition sponsors - to conform with his Muslim beliefs.

However, Williams has agreed to wear, instead, the logo of child health service - whose principal sponsor is the banking giant the sponsors the Blues.

Back to the rugby.

The Hurricanes come into the match second on the New Zealand conference ladder with five wins and one loss, while the Blues are in fifth place with three wins and four losses.

Blues coach Tana Umaga said the team is looking forward to taking on the unbeaten Hurricanes.

"We are under no illusions that the Hurricanes will pose a tough test and we will need to be at our best for the whole 80 minutes," he said.

"We continued to make progress last week and for much of the game played well but could not quite get across the line.

"We need to continue that improvement in all aspects, especially our decision-making at critical moments."

Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd said he was expecting a tough match against the Blues.
 
"Their results probably haven't been what they'd like, but you only have to look at the team sheet to know they have attacking threats across the park," Boyd said.

"We will need to be a lot better on defence this week to come out on the right side of the ledger."
 
Recent results:
2016: Hurricanes won 37-27, Wellington
2016: Hurricanes won 23-19, Auckland
2015: Hurricanes won 29-5, Auckland
2015: Hurricanes won 30-23, Palmerston North
2014: Blues won 37-24, Auckland
2014: Hurricanes won 39-20, Wellington

Prediction: The Hurricanes have won their last four games against the Blues, the longest winning streak by either team in this fixture since the Blues won the first eight games between the clubs. The Blues have won just one of their last nine home games against fellow New Zealand teams, though each of their last four such fixtures has been decided by no more than the value of an unconverted try. Only once in their last nine away games against New Zealand opposition have the Hurricanes conceded more than two tries. Six of the last eight New Zealand derbies so far this season have been decided by a single figure margin, and each of the last three has been won by the home team. The Blues have failed to score a second-half try in three of their last five Super Rugby games; each of those three was against New Zealand opposition. It is Auckland, so the Blues will be up for it. However, the question is: 'Will they finally produce and 80-minute performance?' We think not, which means the Hurricanes will win by 12 points with a couple of late scores.

Teams:

Blues: 15 Michael Collins, 14 Matt Duffie, 13 Rieko Ioane, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Melani Nanai, 10 Piers Francis, 9 Augustine Pulu, 8 Steven Luatua, 7 Blake Gibson, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Scott Scrafton, 4 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 James Parsons, 1 Pauliasi Manu.
Replacements: 16 Matt Moulds, 17 Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 18 Sione Mafileo, 19 Jimmy Tupou, 20 Akira Ioane, 21 Billy Guyton, 22 Bryn Gatland, 23 George Moala.

Hurricanes: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Wes Goosen, 13 Vince Aso, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara (captain), 8 Ardie Savea, 7 Callum Gibbins, 6 Brad Shields, 5 Michael Fatialofa, 4 Mark Abbott, 3 Jeffery To'omaga-Allen, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 1 Ben May.
Replacements: 16 Leni Apisai, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Mike Kainga, 19 Vaea Fifita, 20 Reed Prinsep, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Otere Black, 23 Cory Jane.

Referee: Mike Fraser (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Jamie Nutbrown (New Zealand), Paul Williams (New Zealand)
TMO: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

Compiled by Jan de Koning
@king365ed
@rugby365com

* Statistics provided by Opta Sports

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Crusaders rout hapless Sunwolves

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 06:45

SUPER RUGBY REPORT: The Crusaders put eight tries past the hapless Sunwolves to beat the men from Japan 50-3 in a wet Christchurch on Good Friday.

The Crusaders were simply TOO GOOD for the visitors, who found it tough to get into the game in testing conditions.

However, it was more the efficiency of the Crusaders and the professional application of the laws by the referee, rather than the after-effects of cyclone Cook that caused the downfall of the Sunwolves.

The Crusaders completely dominated possession and territory, as they shut down a team that had relied on the leniency of match officials all season to keep them in games.

This time it went horribly wrong.

Manasa Mataele bagged a hat-trick of tries to help ensure the Crusaders reclaim first place on the global table from the Stormers - who held it on points differential for the past week.

The overwhelming scoreline also kept the Crusaders unbeaten after seven matches.

The hapless Sunwolves have only tasted victory once this year to go with their sole win in their maiden season last year.

In their first ever match in New Zealand, the Sunwolves were competitive for the first 20 minutes and managed to snuff out a Crusaders line-out drive.

But when Crusaders right wing Seta Tamanivalu was yellow-carded in the 25th minute for a dangerous tackle, his nephew Mataele sprang into action on the left wing and it was all Crusaders from there.

Mataele ran in three quick tries as the Crusaders jumped from 14-3 ahead to lead 29-3 at half-time.

They piled on a further three tries in the second half before losing their finishing edge when the lop-sided affair was used to blood junior members of their squad for the final quarter.

Despite the commanding win, Crusaders captain Sam Whitelock felt his side had lost a little accuracy after having a bye last week.

"We were a little bit rusty but the beauty is we got the win, which is the main thing, and got maximum points as well," he said.

"We were good in parts but we didn't really finish that well. We had a couple of guys out there for their first run so they'll be bursting with that feeling and that excitement."

It was a sharp return to earth for the Japanese who celebrated their first win of the season last week when they came from behind to beat the Bulls 21-20.

They were monstered by a Crusaders pack bolstered by the return of All Black skipper Kieran Read who scored the first try of the match when the Crusaders used their superior power to drive him over the line.

Hooker Ben Funnell scored the second try, also from a forward drive, before Mataele brought the pace and dexterity of the Crusaders backline into action.

He scored two tries down the left side and a third on the right as the match statistics highlighted a clear difference in class.

The Crusaders made 550 metres to 154, while the Sunwolves were forced to make 127 tackles to 59.

Pete Samu, George Bridge and Whetu Douglas scored further tries for the Crusaders in the first 20 minutes of the second half to bring up their 50 points.

Life gets tougher for the Crusaders next week when they host the Stormers, while the Sunwolves head to Invercargill to play the Highlanders.

Man of the match: You can look at a host - or almost all - of the Crusaders players. Men like David Havili, Manasa Mataele, Kieran Read (in his first game back from wrist surgery), Sam Whitelock, Luke Romano and Ben Funnell were all very impressive. However, our award goes to Australian referee Nic Berry - the first match official this season to penalise the Sunwolves for their persistent illegal tactics - collapsing scrums, props standing on their knees, the hooker advancing his foot illegally before the ball is in, skew throws at the line-outs, offside, hands in at every ruck, obstructive running, etc.

The scorers:

For the Crusaders:
Tries:
 Reid, Funnell, Mataele 3, Samu, Bridge, Douglas
Cons: Mo'unga 3, McKenzie 2

For the Sunwolves:
Pen:
 Tamura

Yellow card: Seta Tamanivalu (Crusaders, 25 - foul play, taking out a player in the air)

Teams:

Crusaders: 15 David Havili, 14 Seta Tamanivalu, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Tim Bateman, 11 Manasa Mataele, 10 Richie Mo'unga, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Pete Samu, 5 Sam Whitelock (captain), 4 Luke Romano, 3 Michael Alaalatoa, 2 Ben Funnell, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Andrew Makalio, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Oliver Jager, 19 Quinten Strange, 20 Whetu Douglas, 21 Leon Fukofuka, 22 Marty McKenzie, 23 George Bridge.

Sunwolves: 15 Kotaro Matsushima, 14 Takaaki Nakazuru, 13 Timothy Lafaele, 12 Derek Carpenter, 11 Teruya Goto, 10 Yu Tamura, 9 Fumiaki Tanaka, 8 Rahboni Warren-Vosayaco, 7 Shunsuke Nunomaki, 6 Edward Quirk, 5 Sam Wykes, 4 Liaki Moli, 3 Takuma Asahara, 2 Takeshi Kizu, 1 Keita Inagaki.
Replacements: 16 Yusuke Niwai, 17 Koki Yamamoto, 18 Heiichiro Ito, 19 Shinya Makabe, 20 Yuhimaru Mimura, 21 Yuki Yatomi, 22 William Tupou, 23 Jamie-Jerry Taulagi.

Referee: Nic Berry (Australia)
Assistant referees: Will Houston (Australia), Cam Stone (New Zealand)
TMO: Glenn Newman (New Zealand

Kieran Read (12min), Ben Funnell (22min), Manasa Mataele (27min), Manasa Mataele (30min), Manasa Mataele (37min), Pete Samu (45min), George Bridge (51min), and Whetu Douglas (58min)
TRIES
Richie Mo’unga (13min), Richie Mo’unga (23min), Richie Mo’unga (46min), Marty McKenzie (52min), and Marty McKenzie (59min)
CONVERSIONS
 
PENALTIES
Yu Tamura (26min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
Seta Tamanivalu (25min)
 
 
VENUE Christchurch
REFEREE Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)