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Preview – Crusaders v Hurricanes


It is another huge clash this weekend when the Crusaders take on the much improved Hurricanes on Saturday in Christchurch.

The Crusaders has been the champion side we got used to and it is going to take a massive effort from the other sides to get one over them.

With a bonus point win on Saturday the Crusaders can wrap up the competition while the Hurricanes can come within one point of the Saders if they pick up a bonus point win.

The Crusaders have some injury worries this week to add to their list of Scott Barrett and Cullen Grace. David Havili and Ethan Blackadder will miss the remainder of the competition.

They will also be without Ennor this weekend. Ennor will be replaced by Havili at fullback for this match.

Hurricanes, Ben Lam will bring up his 50th cap for the Hurricanes this weekend which will also be his final match as he took up a contract with French club Bordeaux.

The big winger has scored 32 tries since his debut for the Hurricanes in 2017.

Kobus van Wyk have been left out of the match day squad which sees Wes Goosen getting the nod on the wing this weekend.

Dane Coles will also not play as he is nursing a back injury which will see Asafo Aumua taking the number two jumper against the Crusaders.

Prediction: Hurricanes have been good the last couple off weeks but we still feel no team can beat the Crusaders and more so at home, Crusaders by 11


Crusaders: 1. Joe Moody 2. Codie Taylor © 3. Michael Alaalatoa 4. Samuel Whitelock 5. Mitchell Dunshea 6. Tom Sanders 7. Tom Christie 8. Whetukamokamo Douglas (vc) 9. Bryn Hall 10. Richie Mo’unga 11. George Bridge 12. Jack Goodhue (vc) 13. Fetuli Paea 14. Sevu Reece 15. Will Jordan

Replacements: 16. Andrew Makalio 17. George Bower 18. Oliver Jager 19. Quinten Strange 20. Sione Havili 21. Mitchell Drummond 22. Brett Cameron 23. Leicester Fainga’anuku

Hurricanes: 1. Fraser Armstrong 2. Asafo Aumua 3. Tyrel Lomax 4. James Blackwell 5. Scott Scrafton 6. Reed Prinsep 7. Du’Plessis Kirifi 8. Ardie Savea 9. TJ Perenara © 10. Jackson Garden-Bachop 11. Ben Lam 12. Ngani Laumape 13. Peter Umaga-Jensen 14. Wes Goosen 15. Jordie Barrett

Replacements: 16. Ricky Riccitelli 17. Tevita Mafileo 18. Alex Fidow 19. Isaia Walker-Leawere 20. Vaea Fifita 21. Jamie Booth 22. Vince Aso 23. Chase Tiatia


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