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Super Rugby | Christchurch
06:35 (GMT) | 17-03-2017
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Hunt has the final say with is 2 points. FULL TIME
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They move the ball with pace, Hunt dives but falls short inches of the line. The ruck is formed and Drummond gets it at the last second to score the TRY
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The ball is lost forward by the Crusaders but the referee blows for an earlier infringement; the Blues turning the scrum. They take another scrum
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Scrum reset
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Scrum to the Crusaders at the 5 of the Blues
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The ball is passed back to Francis and he drops it inside the try line
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The referee blows for a penalty to the Crusaders and they kick into touch at the 5 of the Blues
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The reset kick is there and Whitelock brings it down
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Hunt adds a full 7 points to his name with the conversion
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The Crusaders on the attack after the scrum. The home team showing immense will power to bring the game back after the half time deficit. They attack relentlessly. The ball lands in the hands of Hunt at the 5 and he changes direction and makes it over the line. TRY
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The Crusaders fighting hard to win the ball back after losing the line-out. The referee blows for a scrum to the Blues
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The referee awards the Crusaders a penalty after a neck role by the visitors' player. The ball is kicked into touch by Hunt
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Scrum reset again. The Blues discussing tactics as Pulu readies himself to slip it in
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Scrum reset
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Scrum inside the Crusaders' half
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Francis sets up for a kick and he whiffs it
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The Blues get a penalty at the 10 of the Crusaders
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The Blues desperate to put some more points in front of the hosts now. They build from the home team 10
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The Blues although ahead, must be feeling up against the forces now. They are driven back to their own 22 and the ball is kicked forward. The referee blows for a penalty
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The Blues although ahead, must be feeling up against the forces now. They are driven back to their own 22 and the ball is kicked forward. The referee blows for a penalty
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Hunt brings the game right back. The fans ecstatic
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The Crusaders break through the Blues defence and the Crusaders are doing it once again - a comeback after being behind at half time. The maul pushes over the line and they get a TRY
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The referee blows for a penalty against the Blues for breaking up the maul. The ball is kicked into touch at the 5
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They make some ground forward in the maul
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The Crusaders get a penalty shortly after the reset and kick into touch around the Blues 22
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Hunt adds the extras
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They force themselves over the line and the referee blows, awarding the TRY after some consideration. Suma gets the praise
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The referee blows for a penalty to the Crusaders and they kick into touch.
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The Crusaders just edge into the 22 of the Blues before the referee blows. The ball is kicked into touch by Hunt. Line-out at the 5
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Francis takes his time with the kick and it pays off. He adds 3 points
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The Blues have a penalty at the 22
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Scrum to the Crusaders. They get the ball then give it away. The Blues pass it down and Ioane tries to sneak through the 22 line
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The Blues in possession after the reset. They kick forward into touch with an optimistic play. Line-out to the host and the ball is cleared. Moala picks it up and carves a path through down the middle. He makes it to the 5 and tries to offload but finds no one in support. The Blues restart their attack from the half way after the ball is cleared
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The second half is underway

Half Time

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The Crusaders kick into touch and look to make some points before the half time whistle. The horn sounds. They win another penalty at the 5 and kick into touch for a line-out. The ball is lost forward and the referee blows. HALF TIME
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The ball kicked forward and the referee calls play back for a penalty. Hunt kicks into touch
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The Crusaders win a scrum after the ball is lost forward by the Blues in their own half. Scrum at the 10 of the away team
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Francis adds another 2 points
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Duffy gets it and the long-legged wing skips past defenders into the Crusaders 10 from his own half. They start to build from the 22 of the Crusaders. The Blues play the ball confidently and set Moala loose with bursts through the line to score his second TRY
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Scrum after the reset kick. The Blues take their own scrum inside their 10 and the ball is cleared
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Francis makes no mistake with the kick
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The Blues make some ground with Ioane who sneaks inside the 22. The ball lands in the hands of Pulu, maneuvering through the Crusaders defence like an eel and makes it over the line from inside the 22 to score the TRY
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Blues get a penalty in the scrum. Francis kicks into touch
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The Crusaders with the momentum now as they press inside the Blues half. The ball is lost forward and the referee blows for a scrum
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Hunt doesn't add the extras
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The Crusaders resilient with their attack, moving the ball along the try line making it to the touch line before Manasa Mataele gets it and puts it down fro 5 points. TRY
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The ball spilled in the maul. Crusaders give away a penalty at the opposition half. The ball is kicked into touch
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Hunt kicks into touch at the 5
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The Crusaders inside the Blues half now and playing with an advantage but the referee blows eventually
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Crotty gets the last pass on the wing and he streches but is knocked into touch. The Blues defending on their try line now and Francis gets it and clears
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Penalty to the hosts after the scrum. Hunt kicks into touch at the Blues 22. They look to drive with a maul. The Crusaders make it to within 5 of the line
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Scrum reset
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Scrum to the Crusaders at their 10
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Both teams scrambling for possession as neither team can hold on to it for too long around the mid field
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The referee blows for a penalty to the Crusaders for a knock-on by the Blues. Scrum inside the home team half
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Line-out at the 10 of the hosts. Bryn Hall clears after the ruck. Both teams kicking now
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The reset kick is deep and the Blues take possession and go on the attack with Nanai. They make it to the 5 in no time with some swift passes but the Crusaders turnover and clear into touch
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Francis adds the extras
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Pulu breaks through the ranks with some slippery turns and offloads. Moala picks up the last pass and scores the first TRY
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The ball being kicked back and forth by both teams
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Scrum for the Crusaders at their 10. Scrum reset
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The Blues lose the ball forward inside the Crusaders' 10
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The referee blows for a penalty against the Crusaders. The Blues kick into touch at the 10 of the hosts
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The Crusaders manage to get the ball and clear. The Blues are forced to restart their attack
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Both sets of teams have bodies on the ball. The ball is dug out and played down field but the referee blows for a penalty. Francis kicks into touch for a line out at the 5
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The Blues trying to make ground in the maul but the home team holding firm. The ball is played down field still at the 5
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The referee, Brendon Pickerill, blows for an early penalty to the Blues and they kick into touch. The Blues make it into the 10 and win another penalty. Francis kicks into touch around the 5 of the hosts
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Hunt gets the game underway
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Both sets of players readying themselves to leave the locker tooms
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The rankings show the Blues to be at 7th place with 42.69 points while the Crusaders are at number 4 with 45.36 points
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  • 2 Codie Taylor
  • 3 Owen Franks
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  • 6 Jordan Taufua
  • 7 Jed Brown
  • 8 Whetu Douglas
  • 9 Bryn Hall
  • 10 Mitchell Hunt
  • 11 George Bridge
  • 12 Ryan Crotty
  • 13 Jack Goodhue
  • 14 Manasa Mataele
  • 15 David Havili
  • 16 Ben Funnell
  • 17 Wyatt Crockett
  • 18 Michael Alaalatoa
  • 19 Luke Romano
  • 20 Pete Samu
  • 21 Mitchell Drummond
  • 22 Marty McKenzie
  • 23 Sean Wainul
  • 1 Pauliasi Manu
  • 2 James Parsons
  • 3 Ofa Tuungafasi
  • 4 Gerald Cowley-Tuioti
  • 5 Patrick Tuipulotu
  • 6 Jimmy Tupou
  • 7 Blake Gibson
  • 8 Jerome Kaino
  • 9 Augustine Pulu
  • 10 Piers Francis
  • 11 Melani Nanai Vai
  • 12 George Moala
  • 13 Rieko Ioane
  • 14 Matt Duffie
  • 15 Michael Collins
  • 16 Matt Moulds
  • 17 Sam Prattley
  • 18 Sione Mafileo
  • 19 Akira Ioane
  • 20 Murphy Taramai
  • 21 Billy Guyton
  • 22 Ihaia West
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SR Preview: Round Four, Part One

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 22:23

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: With speculation rife about the future of Super Rugby and the possible culling of teams, some franchises may be playing for survival.

The SANZAAR Executive Committee met in London last Friday to assess the 'economic and sporting environment' under which its tournaments (Super Rugby and the Rugby Championship) are operating.

SANZAAR remained tightlipped about the proposals, but that has not stopped the rumour mill from running wild.

Depending in which grapevine you follow (or believe), Super Rugby will be reduced to 16 or 15 teams. Australian and South African teams are at the top of the culling list, while Japan's Sunwolves and Argentina's Jaguares have also been mentioned.

Only the dominant New Zealand teams are safe, or so the rumour mongers are telling us.

However, SANZAAR would have us believe that nothing has been finalised.

"Following two days of robust discussion there are a number of tournament considerations that now require further discussion and consultation," a statement from the organisers - South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and Argentina Rugby - said this week.

"This includes final consultation within the national unions and discussion with key stakeholders that would allow the adoption of future changes proposed by the strategic plan," SANZAAR Chief Executive Officer Andy Marinos said.

"SANZAAR will make a formal statement on the future of the organisation, Super Rugby and the tournament format in the coming days once these further meetings have been concluded," added Marinos.

Either way, it has added spice to an already intriguing tournament and some teams will have a lot to play for this weekend - starting with the Sunwolves - who play the Bulls in Pretoria on Friday.

We look at the Friday matches!

Friday, March 17

Crusaders v Blues
(AMI Stadium, Christchurch - Kick-off: 19.35; 06.35 GMT)

What a game to start the weekend. It is a massive occasion and the expectations are high for both teams.

The Crusaders are one of just three teams that are still unbeaten, but the Blues have lost twice in the opening weeks.

Blues coach Tana Umaga said it is important for the team to make progress this week after last week's disappointing performance against the Highlanders.

"We are looking for a much more competitive effort at set piece, and with more accuracy in core skills," Umaga said.

"You cannot be competitive in this competition with the error rate that we committed last week."

Crusaders coach Scott Robertson admitted the Blues will be on fire in Christchurch.

"We have to respect them, as these derby matches are at Test match level," the Crusaders coach said.

"You can see the attrition and injury rates that have come out of them," he said of the brutal nature of the New Zealand derbies.

He admitted the Blues are desperate to get their campaign back on track.

"We have had a couple of tough matches, so we want to take those lessons on board and move forward," the Crusaders coach said.

Recent results:
2016: Crusaders won 26-21, Auckland
2016: Crusaders won 28-13, Christchurch
2015: Crusaders won 34-11, Auckland
2015: Crusaders won 29-15, Christchurch
2014: Crusaders won 21-13, Christchurch
2013: Blues won 35-24, Auckland

Prediction: The Crusaders have won their last five games against the Blues, the longest winning streak of either side in the history of the fixture. The Crusaders have won seven of their last eight games on home turf, scoring an average of 5.4 tries per game in that span. A three-point win against the Highlanders in their last game against New Zealand opposition leaves the Crusaders hunting for back-to-back wins against fellow Kiwi teams for the first time since a win against the Blues in Round 17, 2015. The Blues have won only one of their last 21 games away from home against New Zealand opposition; a 34-20 win against the Canes in Round Two, 2013 their only positive result in that span. The Crusaders lead the competition in average offloads (18.7) and passes (192.3) per game so far this season. The Blues will indeed be desperate and will run the Crusaders close, but we feel the home team will edge another thriller - by five points.


Crusaders: 15 David Havili, 14 Manasa Mataele, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 George Bridge, 10 Mitchell Hunt, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Whetu Douglas, 7 Jed Brown, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Sam Whitelock (captain), 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody.
Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Michael Alaalatoa, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Pete Samu, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Marty McKenzie, 23 Sean Wainui.

Blues: 15 Michael Collins, 14 Matt Duffie, 13 Rieko Ioane, 12 George Moala, 11 Melani Nanai, 10 Piers Francis, 9 Augustine Pulu, 8 Jerome Kaino, 7 Blake Gibson, 6 Jimmy Tupou, 5 Patrick Tuipulotu, 4 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 3 Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 2 James Parsons (captain), 1 Pauliasi Manu.
Replacements: 16 Matt Moulds, 17 Sam Prattley, 18 Sione Mafileo, 19 Akira Ioane, 20 Murphy Taramai, 21 Billy Guyton, 22 Ihaia West, 23 TJ Faiane.

Referee: Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Angus Mabey (New Zealand), Cam Stone (New Zealand)
TMO: Aaron Paterson (New Zealand)

Rebels v Chiefs
(AAMI Park, Melbourne - Kick-off: 19.45; 21.45 NZDT; 08.45 GMT)

While the Rebels are considered underdogs and the wake of a horror start to the season, the Chiefs said complacency will not be an issue.

The Rebels are coming off a bye round, after two disappointing outings against the Blues and Hurricanes to start their 2017 Super Rugby campaign.

"They have had two weeks to prepare for us," Chiefs coach Dave Rennie said.

"They will look to bring a lot more heat."

Rennie pointed out that in the first 20 minutes of each of their games they were right in it.

"We are certainly not going to take them lightly," he said, adding: "However, our focus is on our standards and being better than we were last week.

Rebels coach Tony McGahan remains upbeat and is looking to improve on previous performances when they take on the Chiefs.

"Our performances haven't been good enough in the first two weeks and whatever excuses we could hang onto would be nice but we know that ultimately we're judged on what we do on the field and that starts again on Friday," McGahan said.

"We understand that we had a really tough start to the season, certainly the scorelines don't reflect the work that we've put in so we need to make sure that we address that."

With 13 games still to play, the Rebels are focused on getting their season back on track with a solid performance on Friday.

"We need a performance this weekend that we can hang our hat on and something to build off because we understand the competition and where the Australian sides are," McGahan said.

"It's a long season and we understand that our performances have been anything but poor so we need to make sure that we're getting better with our performance this week."

Recent results:
2016: Chiefs won 36-15, Hamilton
2015: Rebels won 16-15, Melbourne
2014: Chiefs won 22-16, Hamilton
2013: Chiefs won 39-33, Melbourne
2011: Chiefs won 38-10, Hamilton

Prediction: The Chiefs have won four of the five previous meetings between these franchises, though their one defeat to the Rebels came away from home. The Rebels have conceded 212 points in their last three games against New Zealand opposition and they last snatched a win against them in Round 13, 2015 (v Blues) losing seven such games since. The Chiefs have won on three of their last four trips to Australia, including a 50-5 win against the Reds on their last visit in Round 16, 2016. The Chiefs have stolen 2.7 line-outs per game this season, the equal most of any team and 1.7 per game more than the Rebels. Reece Hodge is one of just four players to have kicked a goal from his own side of the halfway line this season, and his 52.5m attempt is currently the longest successful goal kicker of any player this season. You would have to be a diehard supporter to wager money on the Rebels. The Chiefs should win by 15 to 20 points.


Melbourne Rebels: 15 Jack Debreczeni, 14 Sefa Naivalu, 13 Tom English, 12 Reece Hodge, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Jackson Garden-Bachop, 9 Nic Stirzaker (captain), 8 Amanaki Mafi, 7 Colby Fainga'a, 6 Jordy Reid, 5 Steve Cummins, 4 Culum Retallick, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 James Hanson, 1 Fereti Sa'aga.
Replacements: 16 Pat Leafa, 17 Cruze Ah-Nau, 18 Tyrel Lomax, 19 Murray Douglas, 20 Jake Schatz, 21 Ben Meehan, 22 Sione Tuipulotu, 23 Ben Volavola.

Chiefs: 15 Shaun Stevenson, 14 Toni Pulu, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Stephen Donald, 11 Solomon Alaimalo, 10 Damian McKenzie, 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Liam Messam, 7 Sam Cane (co-captain), 6 Tom Sanders, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Sabastian Siataga, 1 Kane Hames.
Replacements: 16 Hika Elliot, 17 Siegfried Fisi'ihoi, 18 Atu Moli, 19 Mitchell Brown, 20 Mitchell Karpik, 21 Finlay Christie, 22 Aaron Cruden (co-captain), 23 Johnny Faauli.

Referee: Federico Anselmi (Argentina)
Assistant referees: Rohan Hoffmann (Australia), Graham Cooper (Australia)
TMO: Damien Mitchelmore (Australia)

Bulls v Sunwolves
(Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria - Kick-off: 19.00; 17.00 GMT; 02.00 Saturday, March 18 JST)

Neither team has won a match this season, but the Sunwolves may just have more motivation - given their name is on at least one unofficial list of teams to be culled.

They made a statement last week, about being legitimate competitors, and would like to ram that home with a first-ever win on South African soil.

Bulls coach Nollis Marais admitted that you underestimate the Sunwolves at your own peril.

"If you give them turnover ball they will punish you," Marais said.

"They are a side that keeps the ball well.

"They also bring something special every game. They do something new every game and they are an unpredictable side.

"Yes, they do have some structure. It is not just running from everywhere. They do play in certain areas of the field.

"That is why you have to be very accurate against them and not give them possession."

Sunwolves captain Edward Quirk admitted there is very little they can do about the pending boardroom decision - which could see them being axed.

However, they are determined to prove a point by upstaging the three-time former champion Bulls.

"We performed a lot better than we did the previous two weeks," he said about his team's 31-38 loss to the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein last week.

"It may be a short week for us, but we are really excited about the challenge.

"Our confidence is high after the Cheetahs game, but obviously need to keep improving.

"We will have to improve significantly, because we are playing against a very, very big bulls team.

"We are super excited for the challenge and really enjoying the tour."

Previous results:
2016: Bulls won 50-3, Pretoria
2016: Bulls won 30-27, Singapore

Prediction: The Bulls have won each of the two encounters between these teams so far in contrasting fashion, grinding to a 30-27 win in Round Five last season before cruising to a commanding 50-3 victory in Round 16. In fact, this is the Bulls' first home fixture since that 50-3 win against the Japanese side, and they have won 10 of their last 13 games at home overall. The Sunwolves have scored 29 (Round 17, 2016) and 31 (Round Three, 2017) points in their last two away fixtures respectively, setting a new franchise record for most points scored on the road in each game. The Bulls have forced their opposition to make 133.5 tackles per game so far this season, the most of any team. Kenki Fukuoka has scored three tries in his last two games for the Sunwolves, including a brace in his side's last away fixture. The Sunwolves will test the Bulls, especially in the first half. However, we feel the powerful Bulls pack will overpower the Japanese team's forwards eventually and the Bulls should race clear to win by 20 points.


Bulls: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Jan Serfontein, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Handré Pollard (captain), 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Hanro Liebenberg, 7 Renaldo Bothma, 6 Ruan Steenkamp, 5 Lodewyk de Jager, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Edgar Marutlulle, 1 Pierre Schoeman.
Replacements: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Jacobie Adriaanse, 19 Rudolph Snyman, 20 Jannes Kirsten, 21 Ivan van Zyl, 22 Tian Schoeman, 23 Jesse Kriel.

Sunwolves: 15 Shota Emi, 14 Takaaki Nakazuru, 13 Jamie-Jerry Taulagi, 12 Timothy Lafaele, 11 Kenki Fukuoka, 10 Hayden Cripps, 9 Keisuke Uchida, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Shumei Matsuhashi, 6 Ed Quirk (captain), 5 Uwe Helu, 4 Sam Wykes, 3 Yasuo Yamaji, 2 Yusuke Niwai, 1 Koki Yamamoto.
Replacements: 16 Atsushi Sakate, 17 Masataka Mikami, 18 Heiichiro Ito, 19 Liaki Moli, 20 Yoshitaka Tokunaga, 21 Kaito Shigeno, 22 Jumpei Ogura, 23 Ryohei Yamanaka.

Referee: Jamie Nutbrown
Assistant referees: Mike Fraser, Stuart Berry
TMO: Willie Vos

Compiled by Jan de Koning

* Statistics provided by Opta Sports


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Crusaders are the comeback kings

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 06:04

REPORT: The third week in a row the Crusaders came from behind to win a thrilling Super Rugby match, as they edged the Blues 33-24 in Christchurch on Friday.

Trailing 5-21 at half-time and 5-24 with just a half-an-hour to go, the Crusaders scored four unanswered tries to overtake a very impressive Blues team.

They had similar comebacks against the Highlanders and Reds the previous two weeks.

"It'd be quite nice if we started before half-time," quipped captain Sam Whitelock, whose team also trailed by 21 points against the Reds and 17 against the Highlanders before charging home in both games.

The result displayed the Crusaders' depth, with the seven-time champions missing All Blacks Israel Dagg, Seta Tamanivalu and Matt Todd, as well as Wallaby Digby Ioane.

It means the Blues have not won away against a New Zealand rival since March 2013 and they have not won in Christchurch since 2004.

They now have just one win from four and are rooted at the bottom of the New Zealand conference.

It was poor reward for a committed first-half display after the Blues received a public tongue-lashing from coach Tana Umaga during the week about their insipid form.

Skipper Jamie Parsons praised his team's commitment but said they "didn't click in the second 40".

"It hurts, but the reality is we've got next week against the Bulls and we've got to bounce back," he said.

"The season's certainly not over. I know people are going to say that but in our camp we're very positive."

The signs looked ominous for the Blues when they fumbled the ball at the kick-off, but they went on to rattle the Crusaders with their attacking intent.

Eliminating the errors and poor discipline of previous weeks, they scored three first-half tries, two of them to hard-running centre George Moala.

Crusaders' debutant Manasa Mataele, called up to replace his injured uncle All Black Seta Tamanivalu, put the home side on the board but they trailed 21-5 at half-time.

The Crusaders made a flurry of substitutions after the break and improvements in the forwards saw Peter Samu and Ben Funnell score tries off driving mauls.

They hit the lead with seven minutes to go when Mitchell Hunt converted his own try, then Mitchell Drummond put it beyond doubt with another five-pointer in the last minute.

Man of the match: George Moala was everything that was good about the Blues, especially in the first half - when he found holes in the Crusaders' defence almost at will. Al Black Sam Whitelock was the rock in the Crusaders pack that got the upperhand in that gruelling second half. However, our award goes to Crusaders flyhalf Mitchell Hunt, who not only directed the show masterfully, but also scored the try that put his team ahead at a crucial stage.

The scorers:

For the Crusaders:
Mataele, Samu, Funnell, Hunt, Drummond
Cons: Hunt 4

For the Blues:
 Moala 2, Pulu
Cons: Francis 3
Pen: Francis


Crusaders: 15 David Havili, 14 Manasa Mataele, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 George Bridge, 10 Mitchell Hunt, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Whetu Douglas, 7 Jed Brown, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Sam Whitelock (captain), 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody.
Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Michael Alaalatoa, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Pete Samu, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Marty McKenzie, 23 Sean Wainui.

Blues: 15 Michael Collins, 14 Matt Duffie, 13 Rieko Ioane, 12 George Moala, 11 Melani Nanai, 10 Piers Francis, 9 Augustine Pulu, 8 Jerome Kaino, 7 Blake Gibson, 6 Jimmy Tupou, 5 Patrick Tuipulotu, 4 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 3 Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 2 James Parsons (captain), 1 Pauliasi Manu.
Replacements: 16 Matt Moulds, 17 Sam Prattley, 18 Sione Mafileo, 19 Akira Ioane, 20 Murphy Taramai, 21 Billy Guyton, 22 Ihaia West, 23 TJ Faiane.

Referee: Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Angus Mabey (New Zealand), Cam Stone (New Zealand)
TMO: Aaron Paterson (New Zealand)

Manasa Mataele (24min), Pete Samu (50min), Joe Moody (56min), Mitchell Hunt (71min), and Mitchell Drummond (79min)
George Moala (10min), Augustine Pulu (30min), and George Moala (35min)
Mitchell Hunt (51min), Mitchell Hunt (57min), Mitchell Hunt (72min), and Mitchell Hunt (80min)
Piers Francis (11min), Piers Francis (31min), and Piers Francis (37min)
Piers Francis (47min)
VENUE Christchurch
REFEREE Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)