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Super Rugby | Christchurch
07:35 (GMT) | 06-05-2016
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Frisby with some fantastic vision as he notices his wing unmarked, Frisby puts in a well timed kick which is flung infield to Feauai-Sautia but he is unable to control the ball over the line. The referee signals the end of the game with that move. Crusaders were in a class of their own as they managed to deal with everything the Reds threw at them and absorb the pressure on route to a 38-5 convincing victory. Back to the drawing board for the Reds. FULL TIME: CRUSADERS 38-5 REDS Stay tuned for the next match as the Brumbies host the Bulls in Canberra.
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Frisby with some fantastic vision as he notices his wing unmarked, Frisby puts in a well timed kick which is flung infield to Feauai-Sautia but he is unable to control the ball over the line. The referee signals the end of the game with that move. Crusaders were in a class of their own as they managed to deal with everything the Reds threw at them and absorb the pressure on route to a 38-5 convincing victory. Back to the drawing board for the Reds. FULL TIME: CRUSADERS 38-5 REDS
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Reds playing for pride now as they attack the Crusaders line on their 22 now.
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McKenzie strikes it well, It's looking good and it is good! McKenzie increases the Crusaders advantage to 38-5 now with a kick from the touchline on the 22.
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Taylor adds another try to the Crusaders near perfect performance after Crusaders take it in from the line-out get the drive going, the Reds are unable to deal with the drive and Taylor crashes over to increase the score to 36-5.
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It looks like the Crusaders have just scored the try of the season as they break before the ball goes through the hands off almost the whole back line and Jone Macilai-Tori looks to have gone over for his fourth try of the evening but the try is disallowed for double movement and the Reds clear their lines from the penalty.
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Crusaders put on the shove and win the scrum against the feed before the ball is cleared up field and the Crusaders are forced to defend now.
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Anthony Fainga'a gets pushed back and absolutely smashed in the tackle from Romano before Crusaders win the turnover at the breakdown inside their 22.
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Crusaders concede the penalty but McKenzie is unable to find touch as Dagg flings the ball infield and makes the exit kick as he finds touch on the ten meter line.
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McKenzie looks to take play into the Crusaders half after he receives a kick from the Crusaders. Reds win the penalty and they set the attacking line-out just outside the Crusaders 22.
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McKenzie fluffs the conversion. Score remains 31-5 to Crusaders.
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The Crusaders score from the set piece after they play quick from the scrum, some quick hands gets the ball to Jordan Taufua on the wing, Taufua fools the defense as he looks over his shoulder and sells the dummy and goes on a straight run to the line. Crusaders lead 31-5 with that try.
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High ball put up by the Reds, Dagg sees McIntyre rushing onto him and knocks forward before the Reds return the favor with a handling error of their own. Scrum awarded to Reds on halfway for the first handling error.
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Taylor throws the line-out on the Crusaders ten meter line before the ball is cleared up field and the Crusaders defensive line pushes up as the Reds claim possession.
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Even with fourteen men the Reds are unable to break through as the Crusaders win the turnover and manage to clear their lines.
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Captain Kieran Read is sent to the bin after the maul is brought to ground. The referee has had enough of the Crusaders indiscipline and Read is the culprit this time as he gets shown his marching orders. Penalty to the Reds and they will look to take advantage with a man to the good now.
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Gill pops up on the blindside as the Reds look to vary the play before they are awarded the penalty for the tackler not releasing. McIntyre sets the attacking line-out on the Crusaders five meter line.
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Pressure at scrum time earns the Reds the penalty and McIntyre takes play to the Crusaders ten meter line with a good touch finder. Chance for the Reds off this line-out.
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Advantage being played to the Reds as they come away with the ball off the back of their scrum feed.
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Todd knocks on in a good attacking position for the Crusaders and the Reds have the defensive scrum just outside their 22.
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Reds manage to clear their lines from the scrum as Frisby finds touch just outside the Reds ten meter line. Attacking line-out to Crusaders.
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Throw not straight at the line-out and the Reds will have the five meter defensive scrum in their half.
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Reds concede the penalty in the Crusaders half for joining from the side and Crusaders set the attacking line-out inside the Reds half.
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CHARGE DOWN! The Crusaders manage to charge the conversion from right in front and it comes off the posts! Crusaders not keen to give away anything this game. Great intensity shown by the home team.
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The Reds get their first try of the game after a chip is put through, the Crusaders are unable to judge the bounce and Campbell Magnay gathers and runs straight through for the five pointer.
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Mo'unga is unsuccessful with the conversion but that matters little now with the Crusaders leading 26-0.
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Jone Macilai-Tori goes in for his hat trick after he is put through and powers over the line. That corner should be renamed the Jone Macilai-Tori corner after this display on the wing, killer blow for the Reds that score as the score is taken out to 26-0 now.
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McIntyre gets the second half going as he puts boot to ball and kicks deep into the Crusaders 22. Mo'unga finds touch just inside the Reds half. Reds with the defensive line-out.

Half Time

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Crusaders win the penalty now and are not happy with the 21-0 lead as they look to play quick and catch the Reds napping. Reds win possession back and they clear to touch. That will be halftime, It's been a real story of Crusaders taking all their chances and feeding off the Reds mistakes and turnover ball while the Reds have been unable to make use of their visits to the Crusaders 22. Stay tuned for the second forty coming up shortly. HALFTIME: CRUSADERS 21-0 REDS
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Crusaders in the Reds 22 as they look to add a fourth try just before the break.
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Unbelievable to think that Nadolo still has to come back into this team, what depth the Crusaders always seem to produce as number 11 Jone Macilai-Tori is really having a blinder this game.
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The flags are raised and Mo'unga sends the Crusaders into a commanding 21-0 lead with that conversion from just outside the 22.
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Scott Barrett dots down for the Crusaders third try of the evening after Johnny McNicholl steps inside and outside and puts the Reds defense at sixes and sevens before the Crusaders draw in the Reds defense and Barrett puts down the shoulders and chargers forward for the try after a good offload puts him through.
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Some quick hands releases Kieron Fonotia down the wing but some good defense from the Reds sees him bundled into touch. Lineout to the Reds inside their 22.
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Crusaders win the turnover and they are awarded the attacking scrum five meters out from the Reds line as the Reds were unable to exit from their defensive scrum.
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Mo'unga sells the dummy and looks to release Jone Macilai-Tori on the outside for his third try of the evening. Jone Macilai-Tori is unable to hold onto the ball as he knocks on. Certain try gone astray there. Reds with the five meter defensive scrum.
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Five meter scrum awarded to Crusaders after a good kick is put in behind the Reds back three for Jone Macilai-Tori to run onto, Frisby comes across and gets their in the nick of time as he carries it over.
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Frisby puts a high one up and Dagg manages to deal with it under pressure. Resolute defense from the Crusaders thus far as they finally win a penalty and set the attacking line-out on the Reds ten meter line.
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Frisby comes away with it at the scrum but Todd comes up with some fantastic technique in the breakdown and makes a crucial turnover for the Crusaders. Crusaders clear their lines and the Reds come charging back straight into the Crusaders 22.
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Crusaders with the handling error and Reds have the scrum on the Crusaders 22 meter line.
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Reds back in the Crusaders 22, they need to get some points in this visit to the Crusaders 22 just to give them some sort of confidence after spending so many minutes camped in the Crusaders 22 and coming away with nothing on the previous occasion.
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McIntyre pulls the penalty wide of the uprights and the score remains 14-0 to Crusaders.
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Referee giving Read a talking to as he explains that one more bit of indiscipline will lead to someone going to the bin. Crusaders need to calm down here and show some composure. McIntyre lines one up for a shot at posts.
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Crusaders conceding a flurry of penalties here as again they are blown up and the Reds opt for the line-out again as they kick for touch. Line-out Reds inside the Crusaders 22.
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Advantage being played to the Reds as they look to spark something on the Crusaders ten meter line.
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The Reds waste a great attacking opportunity and come away with nothing to show from their visit to the Crusaders half as they are blown up for joining the maul incorrectly. Crusaders kick for touch and they set the line-out just inside their half.
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Reds awarded the penalty and again they set the line-out five meters out from the Crusaders line.
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Referee playing advantage as the Reds go through the phases on the Crusaders five meter line.
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Jordan Taufua penalized at the line-out and the Reds are going for the five pointer as they set the attacking line-out on the Crusaders five meter line.
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Crusaders get blown up in center field. Reds awarded the penalty and McIntyre sets the attacking line-out on the Crusaders 22.
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Mo'unga adds the extra two and Crusaders race into a 14-0 lead.
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Crusaders with a second try in the matter of minutes as Jone Macilai-Tori goes over in the same corner after Dagg puts him through for the try again. Good work from the back three.
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Mo'unnga converts and the Crusaders lead 7-0 now.
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Jone Macilai-Tori goes over in the corner after Johnny McNicholl gets the Crusaders moving forward with a good offload to Havili. The ball goes to Dagg, Reds run out of defenders down the wing and Dagg sets up Macilai-Tori with the pass as he dots down.
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Referee asks for a reset at the scrum and the Reds can take their time to set their defensive line.
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Five meter scrum to the Crusaders after Frisby carries over. Crusaders look to come up with set play here.
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Gill with some good work at the breakdown as he gets their first. Reds clear to their 22 and Crusaders have the attacking line-out.
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Brendon Pickerill blows his whistle and we are off as Mo'unga kicks just short of the Reds 22, the Reds cough up possession as they knock from the kickoff and already Crusaders go on the attack.
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The teams are on the field. Stay tuned as we await referee Brendon Pickerill to get us underway.
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Brendon Pickerill is our referee. Jamie Nutbrown and Kane McBride will assist him. Our TMO is Chris Wratt.
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WEATHER: Conditions are perfect and the stage is set for an action packed Super Rugby encounter as clear skies welcome the teams onto the field.
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HISTORY: The Crusaders are on a four match winning streak against the Reds dating back to 2012 with the last Reds victory dating back to 2011 when they won 18-13 in Brisbane. The Reds will not have happy memories of their last visit to Christchurch as the Crusaders ran in eight tries in a 58-17 hammering of the Reds in 2015.
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FORM, REDS: The Reds on the other hand come into this game sitting in ninth place in the Australasian group with twelve points from nine games which includes two wins a draw and six losses. The Reds managed to overcome the Cheetahs 30-17 at Suncorp Stadium last weekend, however the Crusaders will be a different beast in Christchurch. The 2011 Super Rugby champions will have to be at their very best if they hope to overcome seven time champions and the most successful team in Super Rugby history- The Crusaders.
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FORM, CRUSADERS: The Crusaders are on a fine run of form at the moment as they sit on second place in the New Zealand conference with seven wins from eight games which leaves them sitting pretty with thirty two points. The Crusaders dispatched the Brumbies 14-40 before their bye and they will be aiming to add an eighth win on the trot when they tackle the Reds in Christchurch.
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TEAM NEWS, REDS: There are two changes to the Reds run on side as Chris Feauai-Sautia replaces Junior Laloifi on the wing while Campbell Magnay from the Queensland U20s comes in for the injured Samu Kerevi at centre.
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TEAM NEWS, CRUSADERS: The Crusaders have made five changes to their starting team for the clash with the Reds. There are three changes to the forward pack as Luke Romano is replaced by Sam Whitelock at lock while Mike Alaalatoa is preferred to Owen Franks at tighthead prop and Wyatt Crockett starts ahead of Joe Moody at loosehead. The backline sees two changes as Mitchell Drummond comes in for Andy Ellis at scrum-half while Johnny McNicholl starts on the wing.
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Hello and welcome to Rugby 365’s live commentary of Super Rugby round 11 as the in-form Crusaders host the Reds at AMI Stadium in Christchurch.
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Wyatt Crockett
  • 2 Codie Taylor
  • 3 Michael Alaalatoa
  • 4 Scott Barrett
  • 5 Sam Whitelock
  • 6 Jordan Taufua
  • 7 Matt Todd
  • 8 Kieran Read
  • 9 Mitchell Drummond
  • 10 Richie Mo’unga
  • 11 Jone Macilai-Tori
  • 12 David Kaetau Havili
  • 13 Kieron Fonotia
  • 14 Johnny McNicholl
  • 15 Israel Dagg
RESERVES
  • 16 Ben Funnell
  • 17 Joe Moody
  • 18 Owen Franks
  • 19 Luke Romano
  • 20 Tim Boys
  • 21 Andrew Ellis
  • 22 Ryan Crotty
  • 23 Marty McKenzie
START LINE UP
  • 1 James Slipper
  • 2 Andrew Ready
  • 3 Greg Holmes
  • 4 Ben Matwijow
  • 5 Rob Simmons
  • 6 Hendrik Tui
  • 7 Liam Gill
  • 8 Curtis Browning
  • 9 Nick Frisby
  • 10 Jake McIntyre
  • 11 Eto Nabuli
  • 12 Anthony Fainga'a
  • 13 Campbell Magnay
  • 14 Chris Feauai-Sautia
  • 15 Karmichael Hunt
RESERVES
  • 16 Saia Fainga'a
  • 17 Sef Faagase
  • 18 Sam Talakai
  • 19 Cadeyrn Neville
  • 20 Michael Gunn
  • 21 James Tuttle
  • 22 Sam Greene
  • 23 Junior Laloifi
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S18 PREVIEW: ROUND 11, PART ONE

Wed, 04 May 2016 22:15

IN THE SPOTLIGHT. Jan de Koning looks at the Friday matches in Part One of Super Rugby's Round 11.

Friday could mark a significant stage in the tournament, with three teams poised to rise to the top of their respective conference - in one case even to the top of the global standings.

The high-flying Crusaders, who are on a seven-match winning streak, host the Reds - a team that has managed two wins in their last four games, but are still failing to convince.

The Crusaders will do the courteous thing and talk the Reds up, but they are well aware that a bonus-point win - with a margin of 21 points or more - will see them overtake the table-topping Chiefs.

That lead may be short-lived, but given that the Chiefs will face a desperate Highlanders outfit on Saturday, the Crusaders will have all the motivation they need to go for a big win.

In the other Friday game, when the Brumbies host the Bulls in Canberra, both teams have a chance to rise to the top of their respective conferences.

The Brumbies are just two points behind the Rebels, who have a bye, in the Australian conference.

The Bulls are just one point behind the Stormers, who also have a bye, in the Africa One conference.

It is a simple equation for both - win and become the new conference leaders.

We look at the Friday, May 6, matches below!

There is no denying that, alongside the Chiefs, the Crusaders are the form franchise in the competition.

After a loss in Round One, the men from Christchurch have slipped into overdrive - scoring 34 tries and conceding just 15 in sevens matches.

That is an average of five tries per match, with an average match score of 34-19.

It is the kind of form you would expect of a team with seven previous titles and a history of putting teams away.

Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder was under no illusion as to the importance of the match.

"We are heading into the second half of the competition now so each game has an increased importance from here on in," Blackadder said.

"We want to make the most of the home ground advantage each time we are home."

However, he remained tactful when asked about the opposition.
 
"The Reds are a traditional rival of ours, who always lift their game when they play us and we expect nothing less on Friday," Blackadder said.

"There is no doubt that the Reds will be disappointed with their run in the competition so far, but this is when teams are often at their most dangerous so we are taking nothing for granted this week."

At least the Reds were more forthright in their assessment of the "red-hot" Crusaders.

"We all know how good the Crusaders are if you let them play to their strengths, so we have to challenge them with our effort for 80 minutes and by being accurate in all areas," Reds co-coach Matt O'Connor said.

"No one has mentioned what happened last year in Christchurch [a 58-17 win by the Crusaders], because it's how we front up on Friday that matters."

The breakdown battle is looming as a key factor, with Liam Gill primed to influence the tackle area.

"There's some key match-ups and that one's critical," Blackadder said of the breakdown.

"Gill is very good over the bal.

"If we think we can just continue the momentum we had you could easily come second or make it a bloody tough match."

Recent results:
2015: Crusaders won 58-17, Christchurch
2014: Crusaders won 57-29, Brisbane
2013: Crusaders won 38-9, Christchurch (preliminary play-off)
2012: Crusaders won 15-11, Christchurch
2011: Reds won 18-13, Brisbane (Final)
2011: Reds won 17-16, Brisbane

Prediction:  The Crusaders have won their last eight home matches against the Reds, the last time the Queensland side travelled to Christchurch and won was in 1999. The Crusaders have won their last seven matches in a row following an opening round loss; the last time they won more consecutive games was in 2008 (eight wins). A Round 10 win against the Cheetahs means that the Reds are on the hunt for consecutive Super Rugby victories for the first time since Round 17, 2014. The Crusaders have missed an average of only 14.1 tackles per game so far this season, the equal fewest of any team in the competition and more than six fewer per game than the Reds. The Crusaders have scored 10 tries in the opening quarter of games so far this season, the most of any team in the competition and double the Reds' tally (five). It is not who will win, but rather by how much the Crusaders will win. We think it will be at least 20 points.

Teams:

Crusaders: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Johnny McNicholl, 13 Kieron Fonotia, 12 David Havili, 11 Jone Macilai, 10 Richie Mo'unga, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Matt Todd, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Mike Alaalatoa, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Owen Franks, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Tim Boys, 21 Andy Ellis, 22 Ryan Crotty, 23 Marty McKenzie.

Reds: 15 Karmichael Hunt, 14 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 13 Campbell Magnay, 12 Anthony Fainga'a, 11 Eto Nabuli, 10 Jake McIntyre, 9 Nick Frisby, 8 Curtis Browning, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Hendrik Tui, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Ben Matwijow, 3 Greg Holmes, 2 Andrew Ready, 1 James Slipper (captain).
Replacements: 16 Saia Fainga'a, 17 Sef Fa'agase, 18 Sam Talakai, 19 Cadeyrn Neville, 20 Michael Gunn, 21 James Tuttle, 22 Sam Greene, 23 Junior Laloifi.

Referee: Brendon Pickerill
Assistant referees: Jamie Nutbrown, Kane McBride
TMO: Chris Wratt

Two straight losses for the Brumbies make this Round 11 fixture against the Bulls even more important, as they look to overhaul the Rebels at the top of the Australian conference.

At least the Brumbies can look to history for inspiration.

Since the beginning of the Super Rugby competition in 1996 the Brumbies shave won 58 of their 92 matches against South African opposition - a 63 percent win rate.

It barely pips a win rate of 62.9 percent against Australian teams, but is significantly more positive than a 50 percent win rate against teams from New Zealand.

The Bulls, in turn, are riding high on the back of a five-game winning streak.

Undefeated in seven straight games the Bulls are on their longest streak without loss since they won nine consecutive games to propel themselves into the 2013 play-offs.

However, Bulls coach Nollis Marais struck a cautious note, pointing to his team's poor track record in Canberra as a reason why their current momentum will mean very little on Friday.

"It will always be difficult to beat the Brumbies in Canberra," Marais said, adding: "But we are looking forward to the challenge."

He described the Brumbies as a team with good set pieces and are "one of the most structured sides in the competition".

"The Brumbies are one of the powerhouse teams in Australia and will ask different questions to our attack and defence," Marais said of this week's opposition.

Bulls captain, Adriaan Strauss said - despite last week's 42-20 bonus-point win over the Western Force, the team cannot really afford to sit back.

"The Brumbies will be coming at us from the start," the veteran hooker said.

"Canberra can be a difficult place to play, but we have won there before.

"The players are gelling nicely as a team and I am looking forward to a good match where we will try to be competitive in all aspects of play.

"The Brumbies are going to test all aspects of our play, so we need to be ready to front up."

Recent results:
2015: Brumbies won 22-16, Canberra
2014: Bulls won 44-23, Pretoria
2013: Brumbies won 26-23, Pretoria (semifinal)
2013: Brumbies won 23-20, Canberra
2012: Bulls won 36-34, Pretoria
2010: Bulls won 50-32, Pretoria

Prediction: The Brumbies have won three of their last four matches against the Bulls, though the last time they beat the Bulls by more than a converted try was in Round Five, 2003. A brace of matches against New Zealand opposition leaves the Brumbies with a streak of two losses going into this fixture, the last time they lost more than two matches in a row in Super Rugby was in Round 13, 2011. The Bulls have won their last three matches away from home in Super Rugby, a fourth straight away would make it their longest streak in the franchise's history. Christian Lealiifano has kicked 34 goals so far this season, and missed only seven more, the most of any Australia-based player in the competition. Francois Brummer has scored 67 points so far this season, the most of any player who is yet to cross for a try. The Bulls have a very good chance of getting the win, but the smart money will be on the home team - the Brumbies by five points or less.

Teams:

Brumbies: 15 Aidan Toua, 14 Nigel Ah Wong, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Robbie Coleman, 11 James Dargaville, 10 Christian Lealiifano (co-captain), 9 Tomás Cubelli, 8 Jarrad Butler, 7 David Pocock, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore (co-captain), 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 Allan Alaalatoa, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Tom Staniforth, 20 Blake Enever, 21 Jordan Smiler, 22 Joe Powell, 23 Lausii Taliauli.

Bulls: 15 Sarel Marais, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Hanro Liebenberg, 7 Arno Botha, 6 Pieter Labuschagne, 5 Rudolf Snyman, 4 Marvin Orie, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Trevor Nyakane.
Replacements: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Werner Kruger, 19 Jannes Kirsten, 20 Roelof Smit, 21 Rudy Paige, 22 Tian Schoeman, 23 Dan Kriel.

Referee: Ben O'Keeffe
Assistant referees: Will Houston, Ed Martin
TMO: Peter Marshall

Compiled by Jan de Koning
@King365ed
@rugby365com

* Statistical information provided by Opta Sports

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Crusaders race to the top

Fri, 06 May 2016 09:25

REPORT: The Crusaders raced to the top of the Super Rugby standings with an emphatic 38-5 win over a hapless Reds team in Christchurch on Friday.

The six tries to one win saw them overtake fellow New Zealand franchise the Chiefs - who will play the Highlanders in a crunch match in Hamilton on Saturday.

The Crusaders and Chiefs are both on 37 points after nine matches, but the Crusaders' 33-point winning margin saw them creep ahead of the Chiefs on points differential.

Try-machine Waisake Naholo's suspension proved no hindrance as another Fijian wing, Jone Macilai-Tori, stepped up with a three-try effort.

He had two in the first eight minutes and Crusaders skipper Kieran Read said it set up the win.

"It certainly does help when you have a start like that," he said.

The result was the Crusaders fifth straight victory over the Reds since the Queenslanders defeated them in the Super Rugby Final in 2011.

Macilai-Tori scored his first try from an overlap after four minutes, then latched onto the end of a slick assist from the base of a scrum for his second.

Scott Barrett crossed for the Crusaders third after pressure from a line-out drive in the 33rd minute to make it 21-0 after the conversion.

Macilai-Tori then completed his hat-trick just after the restart, running onto free space into the corner for his third.

He had another disallowed for a double movement, but Jordan Taufua and Codie Taylor completed the rout.

Man of the match: Apart from a very effective maul - which saw Kieran Read being yellow carded for repeated illegal collapsing - the Reds offered very little that threatened the Crusaders. The finishing ability of Crusaders wing Jone Macilai earned him a hat-trick of tries. However, Crusaders flank Jordan Taufua was not just a menace at the breakdown, but sold one of the most 'audacious dummies to score a try and wins our award.

The scorers:

For the Crusaders:
Tries:
Macilai 3, Barrett, Taufua, Taylor
Cons: Mo'unga 3, McKenzie

For the Reds:
Try:
Magnay

Yellow card: Kieran Read (Crusaders, 58 - repeated infringements, collapsing the maul illegally)

Teams:

Crusaders: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Johnny McNicholl, 13 Kieron Fonotia, 12 David Havili, 11 Jone Macilai, 10 Richie Mo'unga, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Matt Todd, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Mike Alaalatoa, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Owen Franks, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Tim Boys, 21 Andy Ellis, 22 Ryan Crotty, 23 Marty McKenzie.

Reds: 15 Karmichael Hunt, 14 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 13 Campbell Magnay, 12 Anthony Fainga'a, 11 Eto Nabuli, 10 Jake McIntyre, 9 Nick Frisby, 8 Curtis Browning, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Hendrik Tui, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Ben Matwijow, 3 Greg Holmes, 2 Andrew Ready, 1 James Slipper (captain).
Replacements: 16 Saia Fainga'a, 17 Sef Fa'agase, 18 Sam Talakai, 19 Cadeyrn Neville, 20 Michael Gunn, 21 James Tuttle, 22 Sam Greene, 23 Junior Laloifi.

Referee: Brendon Pickerill
Assistant referees: Jamie Nutbrown, Kane McBride
TMO: Chris Wratt

Jone Macilai-Tori (4min), Jone Macilai-Tori (7min), Scott Barrett (33min), Jone Macilai-Tori (42min), Jordan Taufua (63min), and Codie Taylor (75min)
TRIES
Campbell Magnay (45min)
Richie Mo’unga (5min), Richie Mo’unga (8min), Richie Mo’unga (34min), and Marty McKenzie (76min)
CONVERSIONS
 
PENALTIES
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
Kieran Read (57min)
 
 
VENUE Christchurch
REFEREE Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)