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Match Preview – Crusaders v Chiefs


The Chiefs who loss their first match against the Highlanders last week will be facing the Crusaders this weekend at home.

The defending champions are on top of the log with the Blues in second place but with a game in hand.

Crusaders coach Scott Robertson has made a few changes to his side for this one which sees the return of Mitchell Dunshea and Whetukamokamo Douglas.

Up front Bower has replaced Moody at loosehead and Talitui also get a chance to start the match this week.

David Havili moves to the midfield to make way for Jordan who are back at fullback with McLeod to provide cover off the bench.

The Chiefs coach McMillan has also made a few changes to his side from last week. There will be two players that will make their debuts this week in Josh Lord and loose forward Kaylum Boshier.

Josh have been named in the starting XV and Boshier will make his mark later in the game coming off the bench.

At loosehead Aidan Ross makes a welcome return to the side as well as Tupaea in the midfield and Taitia who will also play from the bench.

Ta’avao has been promoted to start with O’Niell and Taulei’aho.

The back row will consist off All Black Tupou Vaa’i pair and Lord. Brown earns his first start combining with Cane and Luke Jacobson as the loose trio.

In the backs Tupaea will start with Lienert-Brown covering on the bench. Stevenson get his chance on the wing with Nanai0Seturo and McKenzie at the back.

With the Crusaders again setting the benchmark in the competition it could not get any harder for the Chiefs who is still looking for their first Super Rugby Aotearoa win.

They will have to take on the Crusaders pack and even if they did manage to do that they will have too much better on defence than they where last week.

The Crusaders cab and will punish you from anywhere on the field and if you do not have the defence to counter it will be a very long afternoon for you.

We have seen some classic matches from the Crusaders v Chiefs in years gone by but then we had a Chiefs side with connivance and momentum. It will take a huge effort from the Chiefs to upset the champions in their own back yard.

Prediction: Crusaders by 12


Crusaders: 1.George Bower, 2.Codie Taylor (VC), 3.Michael Alaalatoa, 4.Scott Barrett (C), 5.Samuel Whitelock, 6.Sione Havili Talitui, 7.Tom Christie, 8.Cullen Grace, 9.Mitchell Drummond, 10.Richie Mo’unga, 11.Leicester Fainga’anuku, 12.David Havili (VC), 13.Jack Goodhue, 14.Sevu Reece, 15.Will Jordan

Replacements: 16.Brodie McAlister, 17.Joe Moody, 18.Fletcher Newell, 19.Mitchell Dunshea, 20.Whetukamokamo Douglas, 21.Bryn Hall, 22.Fergus Burke, 23.Dallas McLeod

Chiefs: 1.Reuben O’Neill, 2.Samisoni Taukei’aho, 3.Angus Ta’avao, 4.Tupou Vaa’i, 5. Josh Lord, 6. Mitchell Brown, 7. Sam Cane, 8. Luke Jacobson, 9. Brad Weber, 10. Bryn Gatland, 11.Etene Nanai-Seturo, 12. Quinn Tupaea, 13. Sean Wainui, 14.Shaun Stevenson, 15.Damian McKenzie

Replacements: 16. Bradley Slater, 17. Aidan Ross, 18. Sione Mafileo, 19. Naitoa Ah Kuoi, 20. Kaylum Boshier, 21. Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22. Anton Lienert-Brown, 23. Chase Tiatia

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