SR: Crusaders 21(11), Blues 13(13)

July 4, 2014
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The Crusaders, who heads the New Zealand conference on points difference, are desperate to make amends for last week’s big slip against the Hurricanes.

At home to the Blues, who ended a nearly two-year losing streak on the road, the Crusaders know they can’t afford another defeat. The Blues are in the same position – they have to win in Christchurch for the first time since 2004 to keep their hopes of a play-off spot alive.

Currently on 36 points, they need five points to jump the Brumbies (on 40) – while they need the Chiefs to beat the  Hurricanes the reds to upstage the Western Force.


Recent results:
2014: Blues won 35-24, Auckland
2013: Crusaders won 23-3, Christchurch
2013: Blues won 34-15, Auckland
2012: Crusaders won 59-12, Christchurch
2012: Crusaders won 19-18, Auckland
2011: Crusaders won 23-16, Timaru
2011: Blues won 24-22, Auckland

Teams:

Crusaders: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Kieron Fonotia, 13 Ryan Crotty, 12 Dan Carter, 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Matt Todd, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Ben Funnell, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Corey Flynn, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Nepo Laulala, 19 Jimmy Tupou, 20 Luke Whitelock, 21 Willi Heinz, 22 Tom Taylor, 23 Johnny McNicholl.
 
Blues: 15 Lolagi Visinia, 14 Frank Halai, 13 Pita Ahki, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Charles Piutau, 10 Ihaia West, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Jerome Kaino, 7 Luke Braid (captain), 6 Steven Luatua, 5 Tom Donnelly, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 Keven Mealamu, 1 Tony Woodcock.
Replacements: 16 James Parsons, 17 Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 18 Sam Prattley, 19 Hayden Triggs, 20 Peter Saili, 21 Jamison Gibson-Park, 22 Francis Saili, 23 George Moala.

Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Garratt Williamson (New Zealand), Mike Lash (New Zealand)
TMO: Vinny Munro (New Zealand)

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3 Comments

  1. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    July 5th, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Blues lead 13-11 @ Halftime

  2. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    July 5th, 2014 at 10:50 am

    54 gone. 11-13 Blues.

  3. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    July 5th, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Crusaders win 21-13 over the Blues

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