2010 Super14 Round 3 Preview – Part 1

Round three in the Super 14 kicks off with a big one in that the Crusaders host the Sharks in Christchurch. Friday has just the two matches and Saturday is a big one with five matches.


Last week the big talking point was that Lions vs Chiefs match. It was a nice change from all the moaning and groaning about the new interpretations of the rules. Even the Northern Hemisphere press got involved in talk about the match which set a new record for a Super Rugby score.


Let’s hope we have another positive talking point from this weekend’s matches.

Next week in Round three teams start getting their byes but this week we have seven matches in total.Here we take a quick look at the matches coming up on Friday in Round 3.

Crusaders vs Sharks in Christchurch

There is clearly something not right in Shark land. Two home losses from two is a shocking result from the Natalians. Confidence can’t be high and to make matters worse the Sharks only arrived in New Zealand on Sunday night which makes an early Friday kick off a quick turnaround. Sharks coach John Plumtree has made minimal changes for this clash and he will be hoping that his combinations will be familiar enough to spark a fire in the Sharks team which has been missing.

The Crusaders will have home advantage AND they will have Richie McCaw back from his rest period. Normally that would be enough for us back the Crusaders for victory but this week we know that they will be stinging from their loss last week to the Reds. Whilst the Crusaders don’t look as polished as we might be used to they often start slowly and gather pace.

The Crusaders have won the last two matches between these teams and of the last 13 matches the Sharks have won just two.The Bookies have given the Sharks a 13.5 point start. It’s hard to imagine the Sharks winning this one so we will go along the Bookies lines and say a Crusaders victory by 15+.

Crusaders record against Sharks
Played 13 Wins 11 Losses 2 Draws 0

Last Five Results
18 Apr 2009 Crusaders v Sharks 13-10 Durban
02 May 2008 Crusaders v Sharks 18-10 Christchurch
03 Mar 2007 Crusaders v Sharks 26-27 Durban
25 Feb 2006 Crusaders v Sharks 22-20 Timaru
29 Apr 2005 Crusaders v Sharks 77-34 Christchurch

Match Officials
Referee: Chris Pollock (NZ)
Ass. refs: Vinny Munro (NZ), Keith Brown (NZ)
TMO: Kane McBride (NZ)


Crusaders –1. Wyatt Crockett , 2. Ti’i Paulo , 3. Ben Franks , 4. Sam Whitelock , 5. Brad Thorn , 6. Kieran Read (c) , 7. George Whitelock , 8. Thomas Waldrom , 9. Andy Ellis , 10. Dan Carter , 11. Zac Guildford , 12. Ryan Crotty , 13. Robbie Fruean , 14. Sean Maitland , 15. Jared Payne

Reserves:16. Quentin MacDonald , 17. Owen Franks , 18. Joe Wheeler , 19. Richie McCaw , 20. Kahn Fotuali’i , 21. Adam Whitelock , 22. Colin Slade

Sharks – Stefan Terblanche, 14. Odwa Ndungane, Waylon Murray, Adrian Jacobs, JP Pietersen, Ruan Pienaar, Rory Kockott, Ryan Kankowski, Willem Alberts, Jacques Botes, Johann Muller, Steven Sykes, John Smit (capt), Bismarck du Plessis, Tendai Mtawarira.

Replacements – Deon Carstens, Jannie du Plessis, Wilhelm Steenkamp, Jean Deysel, Keegan Daniel, Andrew Goode, Riaan Swanepoel.

Stormers vs Brumbies at Newlands

The Stormers are the darlings of Cape Town at the moment. Their defence managed to keep the Waratahs from scoring a try last week and they had to settle for two penalties so the Stormers discipline is pretty much in shape as well. With Bryan Habana scoring a double last week they have worked out how to get him into their game already and overall they are looking pretty solid.

Last week the Brumbies started extremely

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