Crusaders v Hurricanes Super Rugby Preview

The Crusaders will start this match with a record of having won just two matches
this season and the Hurricanes start with a record of winning one match this

The Crusaders are usually slow starters but they have made a very worrying
start for their fans and even in their most recent match they beat the Rebels
but the performance was anything but convincing.

Two weeks ago the Hurricanes thumped the Cheetahs in Wellington but then followed
that up last week with a loss in Dunedin to the Highlanders.

Both teams will be desperately unhappy with their results this year and it’s
fast approaching the time of the season where they have to get serious.

Out of the last five matches between the Crusaders and Hurricanes the Crusaders
have won three times and lost twice.

Overall the Crusaders have played the Hurricanes 25 times and they have won
16 times, lost six times and the teams have drawn three times.

That gives the Crusaders a record of winning 64% of their matches against the
Hurricanes. Due to the high number of draws you could also say that the Crusaders
have not lost 76% of their matches against the Hurricanes.

The average score when the Crusaders play the Hurricanes across all venues
is Crusaders 28 Hurricanes 19.

This week the match will be played ain Christchurch which is home for the Crusaders.
Statistically the Crusaders have had home advantage over the Hurricanes on 14
occasions. One of those matches was played in Wellington which is home for the
Hurricanes due to the earthquake.

The two teams have met 13 times in Christchurch on 13 occasions and the Crusaders
have won 9 times, lost three times and drawn once. This gives the Crusaders
a record of winning 69% of their home matches against the Hurricanes.

The average score when the Crusaders play the Hurricanes in Christchurch is
Crusaders 29 Hurricanes 20.

Out of the last five matches in Christchurch between the teams the Crusaders
have won three matches but out of the last three they have won once.

The Crusaders had the bye last week so while they will be refreshed they could
take some time to get going. In terms of selection they have retained the starting
team and there is just one change on the bench as Tim Perry is injured and has
been replaced by Daniel Lienert-Brown.

Kieran Read will win his 100th Super Rugby cap for the Crusaders so the players
will want to play well for him.

The Hurricanes on the other hand have named Tim Bateman in their starting line
up to partner Conrad Smith after being side-lined with a knee injury for six

Bateman slots into a backline that is largely unchanged from the Hurricanes
encounter with the Highlanders last week, however, fullback Andre Taylor has
claimed a spot in the starting fifteen.

Number eight Blade Thomson returns to the starting line-up following an injury
spell last week, while lock James Broadhurst retains his position after a strong
performance last week.

The Bookies
have given the Crusaders a 10 point start for this Match
– with
an offer of a FREE $150 BET.
The Crusaders have
had problems this year but they should have used the bye to sort them out. The
Crusaders should win by 5.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in
the UK on Sky Sports 3/HD.

Average score: Crusaders 28 Hurricanes 19

Last five results
12 Jul 2013 Crusaders v Hurricanes 25-17 Christchurch
08 Mar 2013 Crusaders v Hurricanes 28-29 We

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