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Match Preview: Reds v Crusaders


This is going to be an interesting one on Saturday when the Reds host the champions, Crusaders.

The Reds with only the one game behind their name have to face the Crusaders this week at home.

It will be a very difficult challenge for the Reds, even if they are at home, to upset the champions.

The Crusaders even after only two weeks looks worlds above anybody else in this competition.

It looks that they just added a new dimension to their game with unbelievable vision and skills from every single player in this squad.

There was some good signs last week against the Highlanders for the Reds but they will know that the Crusaders are a total different demon to face this week.

The Crusaders have not lost against the Reds since the 2011 Final.

With 17 wins in a row for the Crusaders, the betting man will go all in for a Crusaders win.

Prediction: Crusaders by 15 plus


Reds – 15 Bryce Hegarty, 14 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 13 Jordan Petaia, 12 Samu Kerevi (c), 11 Sefa Naivalu, 10 Hamish Stewart, 9 Moses Sorovi, 8 Angus Scott-Young, 7 Liam Wright, 6 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 5 Harry Hockings, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1 Feao Fotuaika.
Replacements: 16 Alex Mafi, 17 JP Smith, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Caleb Timu, 20 Scott Higginbotham, 21 Tate McDermott, 22 Duncan Paia’aua, 23 Isaac Lucas.

Crusaders – 15Will Jordan, 14 Braydon Ennor, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Tim Bateman, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8 Whetukamokamo Douglas, 7 Matt Todd (c), 6 Tom Sanders, 5 Quinten Strange, 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Andrew Makalio, 1 Joe Moody.
Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Harry Allan, 18 Michael Alaalatoa, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Jordan Taufua, 21 Bryn Hall, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 David Havili.

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