SR: Highlanders 30(12), Crusaders 32(10)



Out of the last five Super Rugby matches between the Dunedin based Highlanders and the Christchurch based Crusaders the Christchurch side have won three and lost two.

The last three matches between the two teams regardless of venue have all been won by the Crusaders.

Overall the Highlanders have played the Crusaders 24 times in Super Rugby since 1996 and the Highlanders have won 8 matches and lost 16 matches.

That gives the Highlanders a record of winning 33% of their matches against the Crusaders across all venues.

The average score when the Highlanders play the Crusaders is : Highlanders 20 Crusaders 29.

This weekend the Highlanders will have home advantage as the match will be played at the Forsyth Barr Stadium where the teams have met 11 times.

In those 11 matches the Highlanders have won 5 times and lost six times. That gives the Highlanders a record of winning 46% of their matches at home against the Crusaders.

The average score when the Highlanders play the Crusaders in Dunedin is : Highlanders 18 Crusaders 25.

In 2014 the Highlanders have played 11 matches so far and they have won 7 matches and lost four matches. At home in 2014 the Highlanders have played six matches so far and they have 5 times and lost one match. That means the Highlanders have won 83% of their home matches this year.

The Crusaders on the other hand have played 11 matches so far this season and they have won 7 matches and lost four. The Crusaders have played six matches away from home and they have won 5 and lost one. That also gives them a record of winning 83% of their away matches.

The Crusaders have made six changes to the starting team that lost in Christchurch to the Sharks last week. Coach Todd Blackadder has changed the whole front as Tim Perry, Ben Funnell and Nepo Laulala come in for Wyatt Crockett, Corey Flynn and Owen Franks who all rotate to the bench.

In the backs, Andy Ellis will start at halfback this week and Israel Dagg returns to fullback, which sees Tom Taylor move to centre replacing Rey Lee-Lo who drops out of the squad.

The Highlanders have named first-five Lima Sopoaga in their starting line up and will go up against his old team mate Colin Slade. Patrick Osborne also returns from an ankle injury and Malakai Fekitoa has been cleared to play

Average score: Highlanders 20 Crusaders 29

Last five results 
29 Jun 2013 Highlanders v Crusaders 12-40 Dunedin
20 Apr 2013 Highlanders v Crusaders 8-24 Christchurch
01 Jun 2012 Highlanders v Crusaders 18-51 Christchurch
03 Mar 2012 Highlanders v Crusaders 27-24 Dunedin
23 Apr 2011 Highlanders v Crusaders 26-18 Nelson

Highlanders overall record against the Crusaders
Played 24, Wins 8, Losses 16 , Draws 0

Match No. 91: Highlanders v Crusaders
Date :Saturday 24 May
Venue : Forsyth Barr Stadium
Kick Off local: 17:35
Referee: Glen Jackson
Assistant Ref 1: Garratt Williamson.
Assistant Ref 2: Ben O’Keeffe
TMO: Vinny Munro.

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