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Super Rugby | Eden Park
07:35 (GMT) | 19-05-2018
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The ball is kicked into touch. FULL TIME
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The Crusaders running the last few seconds down now in the mid field
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Rieko Ioane gets it at his 22 as the Blues struggle to get out if their box. He leaves 6 players grabbing the air around him as he shoots forward. He is brought down before the Crusaders 22 with no support in sight
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Scrum to the Blues at their 5
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The ball being kicked back and forth now. Mo'unga gets it then kicks forward for himself. He plucks it out of the air and slides over the line and claims the try. The referee checks with the TMO and says the Crusaders man lost it forward
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The hosts make it to the 10 of the Crusaders but the turnover is there and the visitors break to the 22 of the Blues
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Penalty to the Blues as they win a counter ruck. The ball is kicked into touch at their 10
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Scrum reset again
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Scrum reset
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Knock-on by the Blues. Scrum to the Crusaders at the 22
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Knock-on in the line-out and the Blues have a scrum at their 22
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Penalty to the Crusaders and Mo'unga kicks into touch at the 22 of the Blues
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Scrum reset
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Scrum to the Blues now
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Hunt gets it and the field opens up for him as he bursts into space. His offload is lost forward at the 22 of the Blues
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The Blues clear after the reset kick and the Crusaders have a throw at the half way
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Perofeta sends the kick wide
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The ball is lost in the ruck by Perofeta but also lost forward by the Crusaders. Rieko Ioane gets it and breaks along the wing to the 22. He hands it to Collins who takes the final few steps to pull one back for his team. TRY
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Penalty against the Crusaders. The Blues tap and go then clears down field. The Blues at the half way looking for a gap
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Scrum to the Blues at their 5
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Line-out taken and the referee says not straight with the throw
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The Crusaders manage to win a penalty and kick into touch at the 5 of the hosts
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He takes his kick but this time it's wide
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Penalty to the Crusaders after the scrum. Mo'unga lines it up for another kick at goal
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Scrum to the Crusaders in the mid field
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The ball is cleared and Perofeta is taken out by the runner. The Blues work it out wide but lose it forward
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The Blues struggling to make ground forward as the away team push their defensive line forward
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The Blues pushed back from the 22 of the Crusaders
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Penalty to the Crusaders inside the 22. Mo'unga puts on 3 more
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The visitors with a patient build up as they probe at the 22
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Restart kick taken and the Crusaders have it in the mid field now
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Perofeta puts it well wide. The referee says to kick again as Mataele chased before it was time. He takes his kick again and makes it this time around
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The Crusaders with a strong line. The Blues decide to go for the break out wide as opposed to out-muscling the visitors. Rieko Ioane scoots over the line at the edge of the pitch to score a TRY
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The Blues working it along the 5 now after the penalty
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The referee refers to the TMO for a potential dangerous tackle. Kaino the man lifted horizontally by Strange and the Crusaders man gets sent to the bin
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Penalty to the Blues in the scrum as Crockett goes straight down. Line-out to the Blues at the 5
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The ball is kicked into touch by the Blues after a penalty but they lose their line-out again. Scrum to the Crusaders inside their 22
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Both teams fighting vigourously for possession in the opening minutes. The ball lost forward by Havili and the Blues have a scrum in the away team half
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The second half is underway

Half Time

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Mo'unga adds the extras. HALF TIME
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Line-out taken and the Crusaders march to the 5 of the Blues before sending it out to Hall who goes alone and puts them further ahead before the whistle. TRY
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Penalty to the Blues. They kick into touch but lose their line-out. The Crusaders have a penalty after the throw and kick into touch at the home team 22
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Perofeta adds the extras
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Perofeta with the wonderful offload to Williams who sprints to the 22 before offloading to Rieko Ioane who takes it over the line to score the TRY
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The Blues have it in the mid field now, moving it up and down looking for space
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The Blues whiff the throw and Taylor kicks forward sloppily. The Blues pick it up and attempt to build from the 10 of the visitors but lose out
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The Crusaders penalized after having their hands in the ruck. Perofeta kicks into touch inside the 22 of the away team
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Scrum to the visitors at the half way
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The restart kick results in a penalty as the runners sprint forward ahead of the kick
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The conversion kick is sent wide
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Crusaders march over the try line with no contest as the Blues don't challenge the throw and neither the maul. TRY to Todd
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The visitors opt for a maul but are held back. They win another penalty and have another 5 meter throw
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Penalty to the Crusaders after a high tackle. Mo'unga kicks into touch at the 5 for a line-out
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The visitors in possession at the 10. Hall breaks down the middle to the 22 but the Blues push them back outside the danger zone
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The Crusaders clear into touch and the Blues have a throw at the 10. The ball is deflected and the away team have it now
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The Blues gift a scrum to the Crusaders after the throw
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Penalty to the Blues and Perofeta kicks into touch 10 meters out from the try line
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Scrum to the Blues at the half way after a contest in the air is deemed fair, but causes a stop in play
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Mo'unga adds the extras
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The Crusaders decide to muscle their way over the line as they make meter by meter throwing bodies at the Blues defence. Strange is the man that finally makes it over the line with the help of his team. TRY
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The referee calls for another scrum at the 5 of the Blues
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Scrum reset
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The referee calls play back for a scrum to the Crusaders
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Bridge and Hall breaking along the wing rushing to the 5. Perofeta is there on the cover to stop them moments before they reach the try line. The Crusaders cross kick for Mataele but it goes dead
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Line-out to the Crusaders at the half way. The Blues turnover after the throw but give it away at the visitors' 10
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Mo'unga sets up for the kick and adds 3 more
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Penalty to the Crusaders as they press forward to the 22 of the hosts
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Scrum reset
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Scrum to the Crusaders outside the 22 of the hosts
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The Blues have it in their half and they look to work it out instead of clear. It's lost forward in contact
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Scrum to the Blues outside their 22
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Line-out to the Crusaders following the restart. They maul forward and Bridge kicks forward for himself but it goes dead
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Perofeta sends the kick wide
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A kick charged down by Kaino and Nanai Vai picks it up at the wing. The Blues send it to the opposite wing where Rieko Ioane runs it to the 22 and offloads to Duffie who runs around the back and puts it down close to the sticks
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The ball again being kicked back and forth after the reset
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Mo'unga adds the extras
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The Crusaders send it out wide and Goodhue with a smart kick along the ground for Bridge who closes the gap between him and the ball and puts it down for a TRY
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The ball sitting around the mid field. Both teams kicking forward looking for territory
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The referee sounds his whistle and the game is underway
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Heavy showers pouring down on the pitch, which will definitely impact the handling and kicking in the fixture
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The players getting ready to enter the field now
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The Crusaders have missed the fewest tackles per game this season (19), and have the highest tackle success rate (86 percent). Akira Ioane has beaten 55 defenders in this campaign, more than any other player in the competition
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Each of the Blues' last five games has been won by the away team on the day, though the Auckland side has won just twice in that time
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The Crusaders have won their last six games on the bounce against the Blues, the longest winning streak in the history of the fixture. Indeed, the Crusaders have won on their last two visits to Eden Park, having won there just once in their four visits prior
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Welcome to Eden Park, where the Blues will host the Crusaders
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Tumua Manu
  • 2 James Parsons
  • 3 Ofa Tuungafasi
  • 4 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti
  • 5 Matiaha Martin
  • 6 Jerome Kaino
  • 7 Murphy Taramai
  • 8 Dalton Papalii
  • 9 Akira Loane
  • 10 Augustine Pulu
  • 11 Stephen Perofeta
  • 12 Rieko Ioane
  • 13 Sonny Bill Williams
  • 14 Orbyn Leger
  • 15 Melani Nanai Vai
  • 16 Matt Duffie
RESERVES
  • 17 Matt Moulds
  • 18 Ross Wright
  • 19 Sione Mafileo
  • 20 Ben Nee-Nee
  • 21 Murphy Taramai
  • 23 Jonathan Ruru
  • 24 Daniel Kirkpatrick
  • 25 Michael Collins
START LINE UP
  • 1 Tim Perry
  • 2 Codie Taylor
  • 3 Owen Franks
  • 4 Scott Barrett
  • 5 Quinten Strange
  • 6 Heiden Bedwell-Curtis
  • 7 Matt Todd
  • 8 Jordan Taufua
  • 9 Bryn Hall
  • 10 Richie Mo’unga
  • 11 George Bridge
  • 12 Ryan Crotty
  • 13 Jack Goodhue
  • 14 Seta Tamanivalu
  • 15 David Havili
RESERVES
  • 16 Andrew Makalio
  • 17 Wyatt Crockett
  • 18 Michael Alaalatoa
  • 19 Mitchell Dunshea
  • 20 Pete Samu
  • 21 Mitchell Drummond
  • 22 Mitchell Hunt
  • 23 Michael Hunt
Mc article super rugby round 14   part one 800

PREVIEW: Super Rugby, Round 14 - Part One

Wed, 16 May 2018 22:29

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY: The opening salvos in this week's fixtures will pit title contenders against no-hopers.

The Hurricanes, one of two runaway leaders, are at home to the rabble Reds - the latter one of three teams from the Australian teams that occupy the last three places on the standings.

That is followed by an encounter between the Sunwolves, who scored their first win of the season last week and still stuck at the bottom, and the Stormers - the latter a team who still believe they can make the play-offs.

There will be a lot more spice in the nest match, but still features a Blues that is third from bottom, going up against the top of the table Crusaders.

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

Friday, May 18:

Hurricanes v Reds
(Westpac Stadium, Wellington - Kick-off: 19.35; 17.35 AEST; 07.35 GMT)

A look at their positions on the table and a glance at their recent track records will suggest it is going to be one-way traffic.

The Hurricanes are on a nine-match winning streak, having lost only their opening match of the season - 19-21 to the Bulls in Pretoria.

In stark contrast the Reds became the first victims of the Sunwolves this season, going down 28-62 in Tokyo, and have won just once since mid-March.

Given that no Australian team has beaten a rival from across the Tasman Sea since May 2016, a 39-match losing streak, you could forgive the bookmakers if the odds are heavily stacked against the Reds.

There would be nothing sweeter for the players to cross the Tasman and become the ones who end the New Zealand sides' winning run against all Australian teams.

Tall ask? For sure, but not one that is beyond the realms of impossible.

Hurricanes scrumhalf Thomas Perenara, who has taken over the captaincy from Brad Shields for the match, spoke of how dangerous the Reds could be if afforded too many opportunities.

While the Reds have been struggling in some areas, their line-out, and the work they do off it, has been largely impressive.

What the Hurricanes will want to do is impose themselves relatively early, especially up front where the forwards took the lead against the Blues last week.

The Hurricanes remain totally focussed on finishing on top of the table at the end of the round robin and know they can go a long way to doing that by winning their three remaining games before the June international window.

Assistant coach John Plumtree spoke of the Hurricanes track record at home - where they have lost just once in their last 20 outings.

"We haven't been beaten at home for a fair while [June last year]," Plumtree said.

"We've got a proud home record so we talk about the things that make us proud of what we do, not too much about them."

Recent results:
2017: Hurricanes won 34-15, Brisbane
2016: Hurricanes won 29-14, Wellington
2015: Hurricanes won 35-19, Brisbane
2014: Hurricanes won 35-21, Wellington
2013: Reds won 18-12, Brisbane

Prediction: The Hurricanes have won 13 of their last 15 games against the Reds, including their last four on the bounce. The Canes have won their last nine consecutive games at home against the Reds, despite trailing at half-time in two of their last four such fixtures. The Hurricanes have won 19 of their last 20 games on home soil, including their last seven on the bounce; the last time they lost to an Australian team at home was in Round 10, 2015. The Reds have finished their last two games without losing a scrum, as many times as they had in their 11 games prior. Jordie Barrett has made 19 offloads this campaign, the second most of any back - he's made nine in his last two starts. Can the Reds win? Yes! Is it worth putting any money on? No! The Hurricanes to win by 20 points or more.

Teams:

Hurricanes: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Peter Umaga-Jensen, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Thomas Perenara (captain), 8 Blade Thomson, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Reed Prinsep, 5 Sam Lousi, 4 Michael Fatialofa, 3 Jeff Toomaga-Allen, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 1 Toby Smith.
Replacements: 16 James O'Reilly, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Ben May, 19 Vaea Fifita, 20 Brad Shields, 21 Jamie Booth, 22 Jackson Garden-Bachop, 23 Julian Savea.

Reds: 15 Hamish Stewart, 14 Filipo Daugunu, 13 Samu Kerevi, 12 Duncan Paia'aua, 11 Jordan Petaia, 10 Jono Lance, 9 Ben Lucas, 8 Scott Higginbotham (captain), 7 George Smith, 6 Angus Scott-Young, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1 Jean-Pierre Smith.
Replacements: 16 Andrew Ready, 17 Sef Fa'agase, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Harry Hockings, 20 Liam Wright, 21 Moses Sorovi, 22 Izaia Perese, 23 Aidan Toua.

Referee: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: James Doleman (New Zealand), Richard Kelly (New Zealand)
TMO: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)

Saturday, May 19:

Sunwolves v Stormers
(Mong Kok Stadium, Hong Kong - Kick-off: 13.15; 05.15 GMT; 07.15 SA time)

Many pundits have said it is just a matter of time before the Sunwolves win their first match and throw off the shackles.

They broke their duck last week and may just play with more freedom.

The Stormers, in contrast, have been urged to be 'more conservative' if they are to keep their diminishing play-offs hopes alive.

It is expected that temperatures will soar into 30 degrees centigrade, with a very high level of humidity.

South African teams struggle with these conditions and the Stormers may be tempted to play without the ball and rely on their defence.

"The Sunwolves have been playing well the whole season and have been unlucky at times," assistant coach Paul Treu said.

"They will be confident after their win [against the Reds].

"They play a hard, physical and intense game, and I think we are going to see a lot of rugby played.

"We need to be smart about how we approach the game and how we are going to play it."

Stormers' coach Robbie Fleck added that there is no chance of "arrogance" or overconfidence from his side.

"I think the last two years when we have come over [to Asia], we have been a little bit, dare I say, arrogant," Fleck said.

"We thought it would be one of those things where we work through the game and we win it," he added.

"But we understand that they are very much a different side and they are a difficult opposition.

"The way the Sunwolves have played in their last two games certainly shows how far they have come.

"They have only won one game but they are a better side than they were in the last two years.

"There is a lot of respect there and we are going to have to be very smart in the way we play against them."

Recent results:
2017: Stormers won 52-15, Cape Town
2017: Stormers won 44-31, Singapore
2016: Sunwolves and Stormers drew 17-all, Singapore
2016: Stormers won 46-19, Cape Town

Prediction: The Stormers are undefeated in their four previous meetings with the Sunwolves, including a 52-15 win when they last met - the biggest win in the short history of the fixture. The Sunwolves will be hunting for back-to-back Super Rugby triumphs for the first time after blowing away the Reds 63-28 in Round 13, their biggest ever win in the competition. The Stormers have lost their last six games outside South Africa; the last time they won outside their home nation was in Round 5, 2017 against the Sunwolves. The Japanese club has a line-out success rate of just 82 percent this campaign, the lowest of any team in the competition. Damian de Allende has made 143 carries this campaign, the second most of any player and the most of any back, while only Akira Ioane (55) has beaten more defenders than the Stormers centre (48). The Stormers received their wake-up call against the Chiefs last week and should be too good for the Sunwolves - winning by about 15 points.

Teams:

Sunwolves: 15 Kotaro Matsushima, 14 Kenki Fukuoka, 13 Timothy Lafaele, 12 Michael Little, 11 Akihito Yamada, 10 Hayden Parker, 9 Fumiaki Tanaka, 8 Willem Britz, 7 Edward Quirk (captain), 6 Michael Leitch, 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Sam Wykes, 3 Takuma Asahara, 2 Shota Horie, 1 Shintaro Ishihara.
Replacements: 16 Jaba Bregvadze 17 Craig Millar, 18 Hencus van Wyk, 19 Uwe Helu, 20 Yoshitaka Tokunaga, 21 Yutaka Nagare, 22 Yu Tamura, 23 Jason Emery.

Stormers: 15 Sarel Marais, 14 Seabelo Senatla, 13 Johannes Engelbrecht, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Cobus Wiese, 6 Kobus van Dyk, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Chris van Zyl (captain), 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Ramone Samuels, 1 Jacobus Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 17 Carlu Sadie, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Jan de Klerk, 20 Siyamthanda Kolisi, 21 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 22 Paul de Wet, 23 EW Viljoen.

Referee: Nicholas Berry (Australia)
Assistant referees: Shuhei Kubo (Japan), Tasuku Kawahara (Japan)
TMO: Minoru Fuji (Japan)

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

The Crusaders are heavily favoured by bookmakers, but Crusaders assistant coach Ronan O'Gara is not buying into that.

The former Irish international saw enough of the Blues in their loss to the Hurricanes last week to be wary of the team stuck at the bottom of the New Zealand conference.

Sonny Bill Williams made a massive impact on his return last week and O'Gara said there were 'certain things certain players could do', just as Israel Folau had done for the Waratahs against the Crusaders a week earlier.

The Crusaders received a timely boost with the return of All Black captain Kieran Read.

O'Gara said Read's arrival at practice this week was just a step along the road on his return to playing and there was no clear idea of when he would be available for selection.

"It's just a very slow burner at this stage," O'Gara said.

"There's a plan in place but with long-term injuries the plan has to be pretty flexible but I think [seeing him at training] it did give all the boys a bit of a lift," he said.

Blues coach Tana Umaga, who was reappointed for a further 12 months, felt his team is close to getting that big win.

"We are in the results business," Umaga said.

"Believe me, no-one at the Blues right now is happy with where we are at, but everyone has bought into our plan, believes in it and works so hard every day to perform.

"There are significant parts of every game where we are achieving that, and just a few basic things that let us down and convert those tight games into positive results."

Recent results:
2017: Crusaders won 33-24, Christchurch
2016: Crusaders won 26-21, Auckland
2016: Crusaders won 28-13, Christchurch
2015: Crusaders won 34-11, Auckland
2015: Crusaders won 29-15, Christchurch

Prediction: The Crusaders have won their last six games on the bounce against the Blues, the longest winning streak in the history of the fixture. Indeed, the Crusaders have won on their last two visits to Eden Park, having won there just once in their four visits prior. Each of the Blues' last five games has been won by the away team on the day, though the Auckland side has won just twice in that time. The Crusaders have missed the fewest tackles per game this season (19), and have the highest tackle success rate (86 percent). Akira Ioane has beaten 55 defenders in this campaign, more than any other player in the competition. It might be tighter than the 12-point handicap the bookies are giving the Crusaders. They should win, but only by seven points.

Teams:

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

Crusaders: 15 David Havili, 14 Seta Tamanivalu, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo'unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Jordan Taufua, 7 Matt Todd (captain), 6 Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, 5 Quinten Strange, 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Tim Perry.
Replacements: 16 Andrew Makalio, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Michael Alaalatoa, 19 Mitchell Dunshea, 20 Pete Samu, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 22 Mitchell Hunt.

Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Cam Stone (New Zealand), Angus Mabey (New Zealand)
TMO: Shane McDermott (New Zealand)

Compiled by Jan de Koning
@king365ed
@rugby365com

* Statistics provided by Opta Sports

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Casual Crusaders survive Blues' late surge

Sat, 19 May 2018 07:00

SUPER RUGBY MATCH REPORT: Despite having a dreadful season, the Blues managed to push the Crusaders all the way before the visitors claimed a 32-24 win at Eden Park on Saturday.

The win made sure the Crusaders return to the number one spot on the overall log and record a seventh straight win over the struggling Blues side.

Meanwhile, the Blues remain at the bottom of the New Zealand conference.

Heavy rain before the game, and the odd shower during the second half, made precision tough for both sides although the confidence of the Crusaders side allowed them out to a 22-5 lead before the Blues battled their way back through the combined of centre Sonny Bill Williams and wing Rieko Ioane.

The vaunted Crusaders' defence was given a workout by the competition lightweights but there was no doubting the coherence of their pack in controlling the ball, and the game through the vital stages. Captain Matt Todd had his impact at the breakdown and it told.

But there was more of the traditional rivalry between the two sides that might have been expected given their respective records this year.

Turning back a Stephen Perofeta downfield kick, fullback David Havili ran the ball back at the Blues. He linked with flyhalf Richie Mo'unga and centre Jack Goodhue for wing George Bridge's touchdown in the third minute.

Three minutes later the Blues replied after flank Jerome Kaino charged down a kick from Mo'unga just out from the Crusaders' 22m area. After great interchanging passes between wing Melani Nanai, Perofeta and Ioane, fullback Matt Duffie crossed the try-line for the five-pointer.

Scrum power was the direct contributor to the Crusaders' second try, having come after three efforts to secure the ball, and at each effort, the visitors had the superior combination which finally resulted in a charge at the line with lock Quinten Strange getting the ball over the chalk.

Both sides suffered handling issues, and injuries, in the tricky conditions. The Blues lost try scorer Duffie to concussion suffered in an aerial collision with Crusaders wing Manasa Mataele while Crusaders centre Ryan Crotty suffered an arm injury. The Crusaders were saved from losing prop Owen Franks to the sin bin for foul play against Blues hooker James Parsons in a tackle, hitting with an arm to his head which resulted in Parsons leaving the field for an HIA assessment.

But while he was off the field, the Blues saw Williams run a superb angle to take a reverse pass from Perofeta to break the Crusaders' defence and then link with wing R Ioane who scored. In reviewing the Franks incident referee Glen Jackson ruled it was too late to take any action.

Franks then played a key role in a lineout maul just after the halftime hooter which rumbled towards the Blues line and when stopped it was halfback Bryn Hall who ran the blindside to get through for the try.

Strange wasn't so fortunate when his act of picking up Dalton Papalii and dumping resulted in a yellow card six minutes into the second half, and the Blues were quick to take their chance with several forward thrusts before the ball was released for Ioane to score his second try. An early charge by Mataele resulted in Perofeta having a second conversion attempt which he goaled.

A 63rd-minute turnover conceded by the Crusaders saw the ball moved to the left flank where Rieko Ioane tidied the ball before setting off down the sideline to find replacement fullback Michael Collins in support and he was able to outpace the defence and finally ground the ball in the cover tackle.


Man of the match:  For the Crusaders flank Matt Todd and lock Scott Barrett stood out while the Blues' standout performance was Rieko Ioane. However, our nod goes to Crusaders flyhalf Richie Mo'unga, who dictated the rhythm of the match perfectly in wet weather conditions.

The scorers:

For Blues:
Tries:
Duffie, R Ioane 2, Collins
Cons: Perofeta 2

For Crusaders:
Tries
: Bridge, Strange, Todd, Hall
Cons: Mo'unga 3
Pen: Mo'unga

Yellow card: Quinten Strange (Crusaders, 46 - Dangerous tackle)

Teams:

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

Crusaders: 15 David Havili, 14 Seta Tamanivalu, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo'unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Jordan Taufua, 7 Matt Todd (captain), 6 Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, 5 Quinten Strange, 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Tim Perry.
Replacements: 16 Andrew Makalio, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Michael Alaalatoa, 19 Mitchell Dunshea, 20 Pete Samu, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 22 Mitchell Hunt.

Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Cam Stone (New Zealand), Angus Mabey (New Zealand)
TMO: Shane McDermott (New Zealand)

Source: @AllBlacks

 

Matt Duffie (6min), Rieko Ioane (37min), Rieko Ioane (47min), and Michael Collins (63min)
TRIES
George Bridge (2min), Quinten Strange (21min), Matt Todd (30min), and Bryn Hall (40min)
Stephen Perofeta (38min) and Stephen Perofeta (48min)
CONVERSIONS
Richie Mo’unga (3min), Richie Mo’unga (22min), and Richie Mo’unga (40min)
 
PENALTIES
Richie Mo’unga (15min) and Richie Mo’unga (52min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
Quinten Strange (45min)
 
 
VENUE Eden Park
REFEREE Glen Jackson (New Zealand)