2010 Super14 Round 14 Preview – Part 1

The Super 14 will go right down to the wire for the top seven teams. There are seven teams still in with a chance of reaching the final four. The Reds have the least chance as they need other results to go their way.


The sixth placed Crusaders realistically need a bonus point victory over the Brumbies to stay in the hunt for a place in the play offs.

 

Anything can happen this weekend so they need to put themselves in the best possible position and then pack their bags. If they do beat the Brumbies they need to wait until after the final match to find out where they will have to fly to on Sunday.

Here we take a quick look at the matches coming up on Friday in the final round – ever – of the Super 14. Next year it’s the Super15.


Friday


Crusaders vs Brumbies in Christchurch


The Brumbies have hit form in recent weeks in Canberra and could be timing their campaign perfectly. We won’t know until later whether they have timed it a little too late though. In their last six matches they have lost two and won four picking up victories in their last two.


The Crusaders really struggled on the road. They lost all three of their matches and have a pretty dismal record in their last six matches which has them at two wins, one draw and three losses. The funny thing is that they probably played their best match of the season last weekend and at 80 minutes they were leading the Bulls. Then that try came and they lost.


The last five matches between these two teams have been decided by home advantage. The problem for the Brumbies in this match is that they have not won in Christchurch since 2002. Their last two matches in Christchurch have ended very much in favour of the Crusaders at 34-3 in 2008 and 33-3 in 2006.


Overall in Christchurch the Crusaders have won 81.5 per cent of their matches and have won the last nine matches in a row. Historically when the two teams meet the Crusaders score 26 points and the Brumbies score 25 points. Overall the Crusaders have a slight advantage over the Brumbies with 9 wins from 17 matches.


The Bookies have given the Brumbies a 5 point start. We think given the form of the Crusaders last week and the past two results of the Brumbies in Christchurch the Crusaders will win this match comfortably. Crusaders to win by 8.


Crusaders overall record against Brumbies
Played 17, Wins 9, Losses 8, Draws 0


Last five results
21 Feb 2009 Crusaders v Brumbies 16-18 Canberra
15 Feb 2008 Crusaders v Brumbies 34-3 Christchurch
28 Apr 2007 Crusaders v Brumbies 6-15 Canberra
12 May 2006 1 Crusaders v Brumbies 33-3 Christchurch
26 Feb 2005 Crusaders v Brumbies 21-32 Canberra


Match Officials
Referee: Bryce Lawrence (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Josh Noonan (New Zealand), Kane McBride (New Zealand)
Television match official: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)


Teams


Crusaders – 15 Colin Slade, 14 Sean Maitland, 13 Robbie Fruean, 12 Daniel Bowden, 11 Zac Guildford, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (c), 6 George Whitelock, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Brad Thorn, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Ti’i Paulo, 1 Ben Franks.


Reserves: 16 Dan Perrin, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Chris Jack, 19 Thomas Waldrom, 20 Willi Heinz, 21, Tim Bateman, 22 Jared Payne.


Brumbies – 15 Julian Huxley, 14 Pat McCabe, 13 Tyrone Smith, 12 Matt Giteau, 11 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Josh Valentine, 8 Stephen Hoiles (c), 7 George Smith, 6 Rocky Elsom, 5 Mark Chisholm, 4 Mitchell Chapman, 3 Salesi Maafu, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Ben Alexander.


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