RECAP: Waratahs v Crusaders
READERS’ FORUM: Welcome to our live coverage of the Super Rugby Trans_tasman Round Three match between the Waratahs and Crusaders in Wollongong.
Seven of the last eight Super Rugby games between the Waratahs and Crusaders have been won by the home team on the day, including their last three successive encounters.
The Waratahs have lost a franchise-record 10 consecutive Super Rugby games heading into this fixture; only once in the history of the competition has any Australian team endured a longer losing streak (Rebels – 12 games from April 2011 to March 2012).
The Crusaders have won nine of their last 10 completed Super Rugby games away from home, with a one-point defeat to the Chiefs in April 2021 (26-25) the only blemish on that record.
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Waratahs: 15 Will Harrison, 14 Jack Maddocks, 13 Izaia Perese, 12 Lalakai Foketi, 11 Alex Newsome, 10 Ben Donaldson, 9 Jake Gordon (captain), 8 Will Harris, 7 Jack Dempsey, 6 Lachlan Swinton, 5 Jack Whetton, 4 Jeremy Williams, 3 Harry Johnson-Holmes, 2 David Porecki, 1 Angus Bell.
Replacements: 16 Joe Cotton, 17 Te Tera Faulkner, 18 Darcy Breen, 19 Sam Caird, 20 Carlo Tizzano, 21 Jack Grant, 22 Tepai Moeroa, 23 Mark Nawaqanitawase.
Crusaders: 15 Will Jordan, 14 Sevu Reece, 13 Leicester Fainga’anuku, 12 Dallas McLeod, 11 Manasa Mataele, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8 Cullen Grace, 7 Sione Havili Talitui, 6 Whetukamokamo Douglas, 5 Scott Barrett (captain), 4 Mitchell Dunshea, 3 Michael Alaalatoa, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 George Bower.
Replacements: 16 Nathan Vella, 17 Tamaiti Williams, 18 Oliver Jager, 19 Samuel Whitelock, 20 Liam Allen, 21 Bryn Hall, 22 Fergus Burke, 23 David Havili.
Referee: Graham Cooper
Assistant referees: Matt Kellehan, James Quinn
TMO: James Leckie