Crusaders 31, Stormers 24

This match is our Super Rugby match of the week and we strongly suggest that if possible you watch it as it will televised across the world. It should be a huge match.

Sean Maitland on the run for the Crusaders

This match pits the current Super Rugby leading team the Stormers against the seven time champions the Crusaders who will be at home.

The Crusaders have taken the surprising move of naming first-five Dan Carter at 12 instead of his usual 10.

The Stormers have also revealed that Peter Grant will take over the kicking duties from Joe Pietersen which suggests that they are expecting a tight clash that could come down to Grant’s more reliable kicking.

The Crusaders and Stormers have played each other 16 times and the Stormers have only won four times so the Crusaders have won 75% of their matches against the Stormers.

On average when these two teams meet the Crusaders score 30 points and the Stormers score 20 points. When they play in New Zealand the average score line stretches to 32-17 in favour of the the Crusaders.

In New Zealand the teams have played each other 7 times and the Crusaders have won all 7 so while the Stormers are unbeaten this season they have never won in New Zealand against the Crusaders.

In five of the seven Crusaders victories against the Stormers the margin has been 13 points or more. The last time the Stormers visited Christchurch was in 2009 and that was the closest result at 11-7.

Out of the last 12 matches between the teams the Crusaders have won 10 and the Stormers two.

Last weekend the Stormers outplayed the Highlanders for a convincing victory in Dunedin and recent stats show that they like to kick the ball a lot. That game plan will play into the hands of the Crusaders as they like to attack from anywhere.

The Crusaders – according to SANZAR referees who make the rules – were unlucky to lose to the Bulls as the obstruction call in the 77th minute was incorrect and the try should have been awarded. As they lost the match 32-30 they were unlucky to lose as they could have won 32-35. The match will however have prepared them for the physical nature of this weekend’s match.

While the Crusaders have a strong history against the Stormers and their game plan clearly works well against the men from Cape Town the big question is how will the Crusaders handle the travel back from South Africa.

If there is one team that is used to travel though that is the Crusaders as they spent the whole year on the road last year. However the second week on tour often has a bigger effect on teams and the Stormers are in that second week.

We think the travel will only have a small impact on the Crusaders and they should survive. Crusaders to win by 5.

This match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports HD1. The match will also be on Directv in the USA.

Average score: Crusaders 30 Stormers 20

Last five results
02 Jul 2011 (Semi) Crusaders v Stormers 29-10 Cape Town
07 May 2011 Crusaders v Stormers 20-14 Cape Town
30 Apr 2010 Crusaders v Stormers 14-42 Cape Town
28 Mar 2009 Crusaders v Stormers 11-7 Christchurch
29 Feb 2008 Crusaders v Stormers 22-0 Cape Town

Crusaders overall record against the Stormers
Played 16, Wins 12 , Losses 4 , Draws 0

Match No .51: Crusaders v Stormers
Date Saturday 14 April
Venue : Christchurch
Kick Off local: 19:35
Referee: Chris Pollock
Assistant Ref 1:Vinny Munro
Assistant Ref 2:Mike Fraser
TMO:Kane McBride

Teams
Crusaders

1. Wyatt Crockett 2. Corey Flynn 3. Ben Franks 4. Tom Donnelly 5. Samuel Whitelock 6. George Whitelock 7. Matt Todd 8. Kieran Read 9. Andy Ellis 10. Tom Taylor 11. Zac Guildford 12. Dan Carter 13. Robbie Fruean 14. Sean Maitland 15. Israel Dagg

Reserves 16. Quentin MacDonald 17. Owen Franks 18. Luke Romano 19. Luke Whitelock 20. Willi Heinz 21. Ryan Crotty 22. Tom Marshall
Stormers

15. Joe Pietersen ,14. Gerhard van den Heever ,13. Juan de Jongh,12. Jean De Villiers (C) ,11. Bryan Habana ,10. Peter Grant,9. Dewaldt Duvenage,8. Duane Vermeulen,7. Rynhardt Elstadt,6. Siya Kolisi,5. Andries Bekker (VC),4. Eben Etzebeth ,3. Brok Harris ,2. Tiaan Liebenberg,1. Steven Kitshoff

Reserves: 16. Deon Fourie,17. Frans Malherbe,18. De Kock Steenkamp,19. Nizaam Carr ,20. Louis Schreuder,21. Burton Francis,22. Gio Aplon/ JP du Plessis

36 Comments on Crusaders 31, Stormers 24

  1. Go Stormers… after all the ‘holier than thou’ attitude and anti-Bulls press including this being a ‘avenge’ game… hope they get smashed!

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  2. Average predicted scores

    Crusaders 21 – 22 Stormers

    out of the 35 prediction 17 picked the Saders for the win. One picked a draw

    Greatest predicted Stromers margin was 14

    Greatest predicted Saders margin was 8

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  3. C’mon Stormers don’t panic… absorb these ‘saints’…

    Going to be tough without Bekker though… we were expecting him to be injured sooner or later (just like last season)!

    Excellent PK by Grant… but they let their concentration slip…

    Reply to Deon @ 9:28 am:

    Hope you told them to not pay attention to Habs’ ‘shooting off the line’…

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  4. YC was probably a bit harsh, but they deserved one for all the hands in ruck. All fair then.

    Ref is a bit slow to turn, thus all the off side penalties

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  5. Stormers certainly the most disrupted team.

    Agree with Pietersen at 15 for Boks – just
    so much better than the others, with the
    possible exception of Lambie.

    Steenkamp impressed when he had to stand
    in for Parkbankie.
    Vermeulen is a brute.

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  6. Reply to DavidS @ 11:15 am:

    NZ refs need to be disciplined. Yet again the “rub of the green” is against their opponents. The “soft” penalties kept the Crusaders in the game and took away the Stormers momentum. However it was a good game and the Stormers deserved to come away with more from it. :applause:

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  7. The only thing that can be said against the officials are Munro, specifically in the first half. The Crusaders put their hands in the ruck on his side at their leisure. Can’t blame the ref, he was on the other side.

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  8. big mistake changing my score :bangheadt:
    is this however the start of the stormers slump? injuries starting to creep in already :roll:

    Good game by the Stormers in spite of the injury disruptions :applause: Clever play by the Saders :applause:

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  9. Reply to mawm @ 11:25 am:

    Rubbish… each team got equal good and bad decisions for and against mate…

    Only the ass. ref was crap tonight (not that it’s condonable)… neither of those YC’s were deserving…

    Positives to take out of this game… all the Bok’s hitting form… whether they’ll still be playing come June is another question…

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  10. Ja-ja,and the whole week
    we have been singing
    WhosepoepolsWet weepee.
    New dawn,ZZZ,got it all,zzz,
    Hope they get back to winning ways.
    Good luck on tour.

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  11. so Cheetahs lose by 7 scoring 3 tries against Fresh Crusaders.

    Stormers lose by 7 against Crusaders who just retuned from tour scoring 2 tries

    YET

    The stormers are just so bloody awesome!

    ?

    You all believe the hype now……

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