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.
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
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
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