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Super Rugby | Christchurch
05:15 (GMT) | 12-05-2018
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The siren sounds as the Tahs still look to attack. The ball is turned over and the Crusaders wins a penalty at the breakdown. Mo'unga taps and boots it into touch and that brings the game to an end.
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Mo'unga clears and the Tahs runs the ball back. They manage to hang unto the ball but the Crusaders defense holds strong
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Beale runs the ball back from the 22 drop-out and the Waratahs looks dangerous on the attack. The ball is lost forward by a Tahs player at the breakdown and the pressure is relieved for the Crusaders
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A much better kick by Foley but he drags it left again as it misses
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Scrum reset. The Waratahs looks to attack the midfield. They win another penalty and Hooper points to the poles
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The Tahs opts for touch and they look to make use of the bootand apply pressure. Ennor makes an error and knocks the ball forward as he tries to field. Waratahs scrum inside the Crusaders' half
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The Crusaders on the attack inside the opposition's 22 they manage to play a few phases but Mo'unga is isolated and Hooper does well to win the penalty on the ground
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Folau retains the ball for the Tahs at the restart kick. They play a couple of phases before they are penalized for sealing off the ball. The Crusaders opts for touch and finds it on the away team's 22
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The Ref awards a penalty try against the Waratahs for illegal scrumming
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Penalty again against the Waratahs at the scrum 5m from their try line. The Crusaders opts for another scrum
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Penalty advantage played off the scrum for the home team. They play wide but the ref comes back to the penalty and the Crusaders opts for another scrum
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The Crusaders runs it up in the midfield and they are edging closer. Mo'unga takes it up and gets close. The Ref goes upstairs to check and the call is held up. 5m scrum for the home team
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Scrum for the home team 6m out
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The Crusaders manages to spark an attack that sees them run from deep inside their own half and make it all the way to the Tahs' 5m line
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A poor kick by ashtray and the Crusaders gets a 22 drop-out
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The Waratahs wins a scrum penalty against tyhe run of play and they opt for goal
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Scrum reset
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The Tahs tries the short kick-off again but Israel Folau fails to hang onto the ball. Scrum for the home team
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Mo'unga fails to add the extras
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The Crusaders spreads the ball wide to the left wing and Braydon Ennor goes over in the corner
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The Crusaders opts for touch and they find some momentum with their maul. The Crusaders are edging forward as they play advantage. Forward pass by Hall and the ref goes back to the penalty. They opt for the scrum
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The Crusaders playing penalty advantage Bryn Hall passes the ball flat and wide but Taqele Naiyaravoro knocks the ball down and is sent off with a yellow card
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Scrum reset. Phipps feeds the scrum and Foley clears but fails to find touch. The Crusaders runs the ball back
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The Crusaders fail to get their maul going and they break off and attack the fringe. The ball goes wide to Bateman but Beale makes a good tackle and manages to force a knock-on. Waratahs scrum 5m out from their own goal
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Free-kick at the line-out and the Crusaders opts for another one. This time they win a penalty and opt for touch again. 5m out touch found
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A powerful scrum by the home team sees them win a penalty and they opt for touch. Touch found on the away teams 22
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The Crusaders wins a free-kick at the scrum and they opt for another scrum
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Scrum reset
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The ball goes dead on the ground and the Waratahs retain their ball as a scrum is awardedclose to the halfway mark.
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The Waratahs clears 5m out from their own goal line. The Crusaders runs the ball back but they are penalized and the Tahs opt for touch
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The Crusaders responds with relentless attacking and they mange to go over the try line but the ref brings them back for a forward pass
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Mo'unga gets the 2nd half on they way. Folau clears and the Crusaders runs it back looking dangerous. Penalty on the halfway mark for the home team but Richie Mo'unga makes an error by failing to find touch and Beale clears

Half Time

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Mo'unga add the extras
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The Crusaders opt for the scrum and they spread the ball wide to Seta Tamanivalu who has some work to do on the wing but he powers his way over to score
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The Crusaders manages to spark another attack after the restart as Goodhue takes the ball forward into space. The Crusaders wins a penalty and opts for touch. They win another penalty in front of goal and Nick Phipps is sent off for slowing the ball down
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Mo'unga fails to add the extras
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A powerful maul by the Crusaders sees them drive over the try line and Codie Taylor dots it down
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After the restart the Crusaders again find some momentum and gets go forward ball. They win a penalty and opt for touch 5m out
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Mo'unga adds the extras
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The Crusaders again look to maul but the Tahs stop their maul. They go wide and possession changes hands a few times before the Crusaders manage to hang onto it and they play a few phases before Joe Moody dives over for a try
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Another penalty for the Crusaders as they Waratahs drives to early to stop the rolling maul.
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The Crusaders now looking dangerous on the attack as they play a few phases and the Waratahs are under pressure. Crusaders penalty and they opt for touch
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Foley adds the extras
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The Crusaders manages to clear from inside their own 22. Line-out for the Tahs. The Tahs opt for the cross-kick and Folau again fields the ball inside the Crusaders' 22 he passes the ball out side but the ball bounces off a Crusaders hand and Curtis Rona collects the ball and scores for the visitors
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The Tahs looking dangerous again after the kick-off as they continue to ask questions from the Crusaders defense.
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Foley adds the extras
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The Tahs opts to kick and the Crusaders returns the kick but Folau collects the ball into space. He passes the ball inside to Beale and some good interplay between the two sees Folau go over for as try
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The Crusaders look dangerous again on the attack but another knock-on by the Crusaders relieves the pressure for the Waratahs. Free-kick at scrum for the Tahs
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Both teams looking for territory as they make use of the boot and exchange a few kicks. Beale finds touch with a poor kick as it skews off his boot
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The Crusaders manage to get the ball back from the restart but another handling error stops their momentum
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Foley adds the extras
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Taqele Naiyaravoro rushes on the defense and plucks one out of the air as he intercepts and goes over for a try
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Scrum reset. Penalty for the Waratahs at the scrum and they opt for touch but a schoolboy error sees the Crusaders counter as Foley failed to find touch
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The Waratahs clears from the kick-off and the Crusaders look to attack wide to the right flank. They find some space but handling errors keep stopping their momentum. Tahs scrum on their own 22
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Foley lines it up for goal and he makes no error as the ball goes over
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The Waratahs playing advantage as Moody plays the half back. The play a couple of phases before Foley opts to kick. The ball is fielded by a Crusaders player and the ref brings it back to the penalty advantage
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Penalty for the Waratahs at the line-out on their own 22. They opt for touch and touch is found on the home team's 10
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The Tahs shows some great exit play as Kurtley Beale clears. The Crusaders look to run the ball back but Manasa Mataele fails to hang onto the ball with a lot of space in front of him. The ball goes into touch
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A mistake by the Waratahs from the kick-off sees the Crusaders get a scrum in good attacking position. Scrum reset. The Crusaders look to attack the blind but the ball is knocked on at the base of the scrum
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Foley fails to add the extras
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The Waratahs manage to get hands on the ball after a turnover and they attack from the half way line finding some space on the left wing but Taqele . Naiyaravoro is taken down. They spread the ball wide to the right wing Cameron Clark who goes over in the corner. What a start by the Tahs
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The Crusaders plays a couple of phases before they opt to kick and Folau collects and runs it back from deep inside his 22. The Tahs look to clear but the ball is charged down and they are in trouble. They finally manage to clear through Kurtley Beale
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Foley gets the game on the way with a short kick-off. Folau looks to compete in the air but he takes out the opposition player and is penalised. The Crusaders opt for touch and they find it close to the visitors 22
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The players are doing their final preparations before taking the field. Referee Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand) will be in charge of the whistle in this fixture.
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Players to look out for in the Crusaders line-up will have to be Seta Tamanivalu, Richie Mo’unga and Sam Whitelock while the Waratahs will expect strong performances by Israel Folau, Kurtley Beale and Michael Hooper
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The Crusaders have won 13 of their last 15 games against the Waratahs, including eight wins in a row at home to the NSW outfit. The Crusaders have won 19 of their last 20 home games, including their last 13 in a row, their best run since winning 14 on the bounce from 2009 to 2011. The Crusaders' last four home defeats have all come against New Zealand opposition; they've lost just two of their last 69 at home against franchises from outside New Zealand. The Waratahs continue to boast the best goal-kicking accuracy in the competition, piloting 87 percent of attempts through the uprights. Taqele Naiyaravoro has scored three tries in his previous two encounters with the Crusaders.
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Welcome to AMI Stadium, Christchurch where the Crusaders will face the Waratahs in this Round 13 Super Rugby fixture
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Joe Moody
  • 2 Codie Taylor
  • 3 Michael Alaalatoa
  • 4 Scott Barrett
  • 5 Sam Whitelock
  • 6 Pete Samu
  • 7 Matt Todd
  • 8 Jordan Taufua
  • 9 Bryn Hall
  • 10 Richie Mo’unga
  • 11 Manasa Mataele
  • 12 Tim Bateman
  • 13 Jack Goodhue
  • 14 Seta Tamanivalu
  • 15 George Bridge
RESERVES
  • 16 Andrew Makalio
  • 17 Wyatt Crockett
  • 18 Donald Brighouse
  • 19 Mitchell Dunshea
  • 20 Heiden Bedwell-Curtis
  • 21 Mitchell Drummond
  • 22 Mitchell Hunt
  • 23 Braydon Ennor
START LINE UP
  • 1 Tom Robertson
  • 2 Damien Fitzpatrick
  • 3 Sekope Kepu
  • 4 Ned Hanigan
  • 5 Rob Simmons
  • 6 Will Miller
  • 7 Michael Hooper
  • 8 Michael Wells
  • 9 Nick Phipps
  • 10 Bernard Foley
  • 11 Taqele . Naiyaravoro
  • 12 Kurtley Beale
  • 13 Curtis Rona
  • 14 Cameron Clark
  • 15 Israel Folau
RESERVES
  • 16 Hugh Roach
  • 17 Harry Johnson-Holmes
  • 18 Shambeckler Vui
  • 19 Tom Staniforth
  • 20 Jed Holloway
  • 21 Jake Gordon
  • 22 Lalakai Foketi
  • 23 Bryce Hegarty
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PREVIEW: Super Rugby, Round 13 - Part One

Wed, 09 May 2018 22:38

SOUTH AFRICAN CONUNDRUM: New Zealand officials have gone on the charm offensive, ahead of this week's fixtures.

You have to take with a pinch of salt all the plaudits that have come South Africa's way in the wake of new reports that more teams from the Republic are casting an eye towards the lure of Europe.

Chiefs coach Colin Cooper had a slightly different take on the situation, telling South African media that their country's teams - and New Zealand especially - had benefited from their participation in Super Rugby.

Cooper said he couldn't imagine the competition without South Africa.

He admitted the travel factor was a "negative" in the competition, but was confident SANZAAR could organise it so that the travel was not so much of a factor.

"I think all the South African teams are playing a more balanced game," Cooper said.

"They are still using their set piece well, but there is also expansiveness now.

"I think South African rugby is looking good and exciting."

Cooper added that as well as being more expansive the South African teams were starting to travel better.

"We saw how the Sharks nearly beat the Hurricanes in Napier," he said.

"In the past, the travel factor has been a hindrance to South African teams, but they're getting better and better.

"However, their expansive game is the real edge that they are bringing now," he said.

There are two games where the New Zealand versus South African rivalry will be on display this week, both on Saturday - the Highlanders travelling back from South Africa after a big hiding to the Sharks, to host the Lions in Dunedin and Cooper's Chiefs travelling to South Africa to take on the Stormers in Cape Town.

But first, we have a few other games to look forward to.

We take a look at the weekend's first three matches!

Friday, May 11:

Blues v Hurricanes
(Eden Park, Auckland - Kick-off: 19.35; 7.35 GMT)

While the Blues are desperately hoping for another win, in what will be their first against New Zealand opposition in 2018, the Hurricanes unveiled their future - an excellent mix of continuity and fresh ideas in their coaching ranks for 2019.

Forwards coach Richard Watt and scrum coach Dan Cron have committed to the 2019 group, alongside next head coach John Plumtree and assistant Jason Holland.

Joining the quartet will be All Black Carlos Spencer, who will take on the role as assistant coach.

Plumtree was delighted to be able to lock in the coaching staff so early to enable them to concentrate on the remainder of the 2018 season and the work required to give the Hurricanes the best possible chance of winning the Super Rugby title.

He believed the work the coaching staff were doing at the moment would only be enhanced with Spencer's involvement.

"I've worked with Carlos in South Africa, when I was at the Sharks, and I was impressed with him from what I saw then," he said.

"He has carried on that good work, not only in South Africa but in Japan, and I really look forward to working with him again. Everyone that I've spoken to about Carlos and the way he operates has impressed me and he is really positive about joining the group and the franchise."

Spencer said he had long held an ambition to return to New Zealand and coach in a full-time capacity and was delighted to be afforded an opportunity with the Hurricanes.

"We are all moving in the same direction from the conversations I've had with Plum and I'm sure we will continue to reach and carry on the high standards the Hurricanes franchise demands."

Meanwhile, Blues coach Tana Umaga was pleased to welcome back Sonny Bill Williams, which allowed Rieko Ioane to move from the midfield back to his preferred position on the wing.

Right now the Blues need others to be working Ioane into space, not Ioane working others into space.

They need him free, unrestricted and playing on the wider reaches of the field rather than in the heavy traffic.

Ioane, being as gifted as he is, has made a reasonable fist of things at inside centre.

But that's the hallmark of hugely talented players with broad skill sets - they can be thrown almost any jersey and make a high impact contribution.

Ioane has shown that yes he can play the role of straight-running midfielder, but everyone is going to be a lot happier seeing him return to the more natural place of free-spirited wing.

Recent results:
2017: Hurricanes won 28-24, Auckland
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

Prediction: The Hurricanes have won their last five games against the Blues, three of those victories coming at Eden Park. The Canes have won their last four games against sides in the New Zealand conference, only once before have they won five such games on the bounce. The Blues are winless in 15 games against New Zealand-based opposition, although 10 of their defeats in that run have come by single-figure margins. The Blues enjoy 17 minutes and 27 seconds of time in possession per game this season, more than any other squad in the competition. Beauden Barrett has provided three try assists via kicks this season, more than any other player in the competition. The Blues' losing streak against Kiwi opposition looks set to continue - the Hurricanes to win by about 15 points.

Teams:

Blues: 15 Matt Duffie, 14 Rieko Ioane, 13 Orbyn Leger, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Caleb Clarke, 10 Stephen Perofeta, 9 Augustine Pulu (captain), 8 Akira Ioane, 7 Murphy Taramai, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu, 3 Ofa Tuungafasi, 2 James Parsons, 1 Ross Wright.
Replacements: 16 Matt Moulds, 17 Pauliasi Manu, 18 Sione Mafileo, 19 Ben Nee-Nee, 20 Kara Pryor, 21 Jonathan Ruru/Sam Nock, 22 Dan Kirkpatrick, 23 Melani Nanai.

Hurricanes: 15 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 14 Julian Savea, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Finlay Christie, 8 Gareth Evans, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Brad Shields (captain), 5 Sam Lousi, 4 Vaea Fifita, 3 Jeff Toomaga-Allen, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 1 Toby Smith.
Replacements: 16 James O'Reilly, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Ben May, 19 Michael Fatialofa, 20 Blade Thomson, 21 Thomas Perenara, 22 Ihaia West, 23 Jordie Barrett

Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant referees: Brendon Pickerill & Paul Williams
TMO: Ben Skeen

Saturday, May 12:

Sunwolves v Reds
(Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium, Tokyo - Kick-off: 12.05; 13.00 AEST; 03.00 GMT)

The Sunwolves can't be blamed if they felt they have a chance to end their winless run this season.

There is little doubt the Reds have been more than just distracted by off-the-field developments - or rather the lack of developments in terms of their player resources.

Waratahs star Israel Folau and equally controversial Quade Cooper have been at the centre of the media headlines in Australia.

Folau has reportedly spoken with Reds coach Brad Thorn about a potential switch to the rival Super Rugby franchise next season.

The Reds boast a number of players not being used by Thorn, while triple-figure salaries that could accommodate a player of Folau's stature.

Quade Cooper, Karmichael Hunt and Nick Frisby are all contracted to the Reds at a high cost, while not currently part of Thorn's plans.

According to reports, the Reds are desperate to offload them to other teams to clear up some much-needed funds.

In a statement Reds coach Brad Thorn, who told Cooper at the start of the season he was not required to train with the main squad, said the 70-Test Wallaby was free to leave the franchise.

"If there was an opportunity for Quade at another Super Rugby franchise, we wouldn't stand in his way," Thorn said.

The problem is that Cooper has a six-figure a season deal with the Reds until 2019, meaning he is free to play club rugby on a franchise and Australian Rugby Union salary.

In short, he is on a paid holiday.

Thorn's decision to back no-name brand youngsters have been applauded, but has not brought many rewards... yet.

The Reds are in 12th place with four wins from nine starts.

The Sunwolves must feel they have a shot at breaking their 2018 duck.

Previous result:
2016: Reds won 35-25, Brisbane

Prediction: This will be just the second meeting between these sides and their first in Japan; the Reds won 35-25 at Suncorp Stadium in their previous clash. The Sunwolves are yet to win against Australian opposition, they're the only nation they're yet to beat in Super Rugby. The Reds have lost 20 of their last 22 games outside Australia, although one of their two victories in that run came earlier this season. The Sunwolves (8.7) and Reds (9.4) have conceded fewer penalties and free-kicks per game than any other teams so far this campaign. Filipo Daugunu has crossed for a try in three of his last four games away from home for the Reds. You almost wantn to back the Sunwolves, the obnly winless team in the competition. And they do have a realistic shot. But the Reds should win by eight points.

Teams:

Sunwolves: 15 Semisi Masirewa, 14 Kenki Fukuoka, 13 Timothy Lafaele, 12 Michael Little, 11 Hosea Saumaki, 10 Hayden Parker, 9 Yutaka Nagare, 8 Kazuki Himeno, 7 Edward Quirk, 6 Michael Leitch,  5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Wimpie van der Walt, 3 Takuma Asahara, 2 Shota Horie, 1 Craig Millar.
Replacements: 16 Yusuke Niwai, 17 Shintaro Ishihara, 18 Hencus van Wyk, 19 Uwe Helu, 20 Yoshitaka Tokunaga, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Yu Tamura, 23 Jason Emery.

Reds: 15 Hamish Stewart, 14 Filipo Daugunu, 13 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 12 Samu Kerevi, 11 Jordan Petaia, 10 Jono Lance, 9 Ben Lucas, 8 Angus Scott-Young, 7 George Smith, 6 Adam Korczyk, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1 James Slipper (captain).
Replacements: 16 Alex Mafi, 17 Harry Hoopert, 18 Sef Fa’agase, 19 Harry Hockings, 20 Liam Wright, 21 Moses Sorovi, 22 Duncan Paia’aua, 23 Aidan Toua.

Referee: Egon Seconds (South Africa) 
Assistant referees: Akihisa Aso (Japan), Kawara Tasuku (Japan)
TMO: Minoru Fuji (Japan)

Crusaders v Waratahs
(AMI Stadium, Christchurch - Kick-off: 17.15; 15.15 AEST; 05.15 GMT)

The word desperate is the epitome of the Waratahs - Australia's best team, who lost to New Zealand's lowest-ranked side last week.

Jason Ryan, Crusaders forwards coach, rather than looking at the three-year winless streak of Aussie teams against their counterparts across the Tasman Sea, feels that desperation will grow with every match.

He suggested that losing streak will be broken at some stage and he doesn't want it to be against his team this coming weekend.

"The media are not doing us any favours, writing them off," Ryan said, when asked about the Aussie teams' losing streak to Kiwi opposition.

He felt the Waratahs have a very good forward pack, one which could trouble the Crusaders.

"They bring huge physicality," he said, adding: "They have six Wallabies in their forward pack."

Waratahs flyhalf Bernard Foley said his side needed composure at crucial moments - something that was lacking against the Blues last week.

Success against the defending champions and competition front-runners on Saturday would require the Waratahs to be on top of their game, Foley told rugby.com.au.

"You know Kiwi sides are really dangerous in turnover and set piece [play]. They'll hurt you too, if you're not switched on," he said.

Facing the Crusaders would be a great challenge and the lesson of their respective losses to the Lions and the Blues was that they had to rise to the challenge.

"We know what's ahead of us and we've got to do the unthinkable," he said.

Recent results:
2017: Crusaders won 41-22, Sydney
2016: Crusaders won 29-10, Christchurch
2015: Waratahs won 32-22, Sydney
2014: Waratahs won 33-32, Sydney (Final)
2013: Crusaders won 23-22, Christchurch

Prediction: The Crusaders have won 13 of their last 15 games against the Waratahs, including eight wins in a row at home to the NSW outfit. The Crusaders have won 19 of their last 20 home games, including their last 13 in a row, their best run since winning 14 on the bounce from 2009 to 2011. The Crusaders' last four home defeats have all come against New Zealand opposition; they've lost just two of their last 69 at home against franchises from outside New Zealand. The Waratahs continue to boast the best goal-kicking accuracy in the competition, piloting 87 percent of attempts through the uprights. Taqele Naiyaravoro has scored three tries in his previous two encounters with the Crusaders. Can the Waratahs win? Yes! Will they win? NO! The Crusaders to win by as much as 20 points.

Teams:

Crusaders: 15 George Bridge, 14 Seta Tamanivalu, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Tim Bateman, 11 Manasa Mataele, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Jordan Taufua, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Pete Samu, 5 Sam Whitelock (captain), 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Michael Alaalatoa, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody.
Replacements: 16 Andrew Makalio, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Donald Brighouse, 19 Mitchell Dunshea, 20 Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 Braydon Ennor.

Waratahs: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Cam Clark, 13 Curtis Rona, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Michael Wells, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Will Miller, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Ned Hanigan, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Damien Fitzpatrick, Tom Robertson.
Replacements: 16 Hugh Roach, 17 Harry Johnson-Holmes, 18 Shambeckler Vui, 19 Tom Staniforth, 20 Jed Holloway, 21 Jake Gordon, 22 Lalakai Foketi, 23 Bryce Hegarty.

Referee: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand) 
Assistant referees: Jamie Nutbrown (New Zealand), Paul Williams (New Zealand)
TMO: Aaron Paterson (New Zealand)

Compiled by Jan de Koning
@king365ed
@rugby365com

* Statistics provided by Opta Sports

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Crusaders edge 'Tahs in epic comeback

Sat, 12 May 2018 05:00

SUPER RUGBY MATCH REPORT: A late penalty try made sure the Crusaders record a narrow 31-29 win over the Waratahs at the AMI Stadium on Saturday.

The win puts the Crusaders back on top of the New Zealand conference and extends New Zealand's winning streak over Australian sides to 39 matches. 

Trailing 19-29 at the break, the Super Rugby champions added try and a penalty try, to secure a win.

The Waratahs were impressive from the outset. Their splendid start made sure they scored four tries for an impressive 29-0 lead after just 30 minutes of play.

However, 10 minutes before the break, the Crusdaer regroup. They finally troubled the visitors' defence with constant off-loading and wide passes.

And were rewarded with tries to Joe Moody on his return to the side from a long injury lay-off and Codie Taylor before Whitelock rolled the dice with time up on the clock in the first half.

Instead of taking a certain three points at the end of the first half, Whitelock decided to chase another try and it paid off when Tamanivalu burst through the defence of Israel Folau and Kurtley Beale to make it 19-29 at the break.

To compound matters for the Waratahs, halfback Nick Phipps was yellow-carded late in the half.

In the second half, Waratahs wing Taqele Naiyaravoro was given a yellow card, the Crusaders made the most of the advantage by putting wing Braydon Ennor over for his first Super Rugby try.

A penalty try from a five-metre came shortly after for the Crusaders to take the 31-29 lead and the Waratahs were left to play a frantic game of catch up.

In the 75th minute, Bernard Foley had the chance to take the lead back for the Waratahs but shanked a 45-metre penalty and there was to be no change to the score as the Crusaders defence held firm.

Crusaders captain Sam Whitelock said it was obvious their opening game plan did not work and they were not panicked by the Waratahs' strong start.

"We gave them the ball back early and they really punished us because of it. Once we chopped that it started to turn in our favour," Whitelock said.

"But we were nice and calm out there. We stuck to what we knew would work and came over the top at the end."

Waratahs captain Michael Hooper said his side had only themselves to blame.

"Probably our discipline hurt us. Two yellow cards. It's hard to beat these guys with 14 men," he said.  

The Crusaders, who have not lost at home to the Waratahs since 2004, extended New Zealand's winning streak over Australian sides to 39 matches.

Man of the match: Waratahs Isreal Folau added value with his carries while the two wings two wings Cameron Clark and Taqele Naiyaravoro were impressive on attack. Crusaders No.8  Jordan Taufua strong carries proved instrumental for his side's comeback. However, for his impressive runs from his own 22, our award goes to Crusaders fullback George Bridge.

The scorers:

For Crusaders:
Tries:
Moody, Taylor, Tamanivalu, Ennor, Penalty Try
Cons: Mo’unga 2

For Waratahs:
Tries:
Clark, Naiyaravoro, Folau, Rona
Cons: Foley 3
Pen: Foley

Yellow cards: Nick Phipps (Waratahs, 40 - repeat infringements), Taqele Naiyaravoro (Waratahs, 52 - Deliberate knock-on)

Teams:

Crusaders: 15 George Bridge, 14 Seta Tamanivalu, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Tim Bateman, 11 Manasa Mataele, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Jordan Taufua, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Pete Samu, 5 Sam Whitelock (captain), 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Michael Alaalatoa, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody.
Replacements: 16 Andrew Makalio, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Donald Brighouse, 19 Mitchell Dunshea, 20 Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 Braydon Ennor.

Waratahs: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Cam Clark, 13 Curtis Rona, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Michael Wells, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Will Miller, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Ned Hanigan, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Damien Fitzpatrick, Tom Robertson.
Replacements: 16 Hugh Roach, 17 Harry Johnson-Holmes, 18 Shambeckler Vui, 19 Tom Staniforth, 20 Jed Holloway, 21 Jake Gordon, 22 Lalakai Foketi, 23 Bryce Hegarty.

Referee: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand) 
Assistant referees: Jamie Nutbrown (New Zealand), Paul Williams (New Zealand)
TMO: Aaron Paterson (New Zealand)

Source: @Allblacks & AFP

Joe Moody (34min)
TRIES
Cameron Clark (3min), Taqele . Naiyaravoro (16min), Israel Folau (23min), and Curtis Rona (27min)
Richie Mo’unga (35min) and Richie Mo’unga (40min)
CONVERSIONS
Bernard Foley (17min), Bernard Foley (24min), and Bernard Foley (28min)
 
PENALTIES
Bernard Foley (12min)
67min
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
Seta Tamanivalu (40min)
Nick Phipps (40min) and Taqele . Naiyaravoro (52min)
 
 
VENUE Christchurch
REFEREE Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)