Brumbies v Crusaders Super Rugby Preview

Out of the last six Super Rugby matches between the Canberra based Brumbies and the Christchurch Crusaders the Christchurch side have won five and the Brumbies one.

Overall the Brumbies have played the Crusaders 21 times in Super Rugby since 1996 and the Brumbies have won 8 matches and lost 13 matches.

That gives the Brumbies a record of winning 38% of their matches against the Crusaders and the average score when these teams meet is Brumbies 24 Crusaders 29.

This weekend the match will be played in Canberra which is home for the Brumbies and where the teams have met on ten occasions.

In those six matches the Brumbies have won six matches and lost four matches. That gives the Brumbies a record of winning 60% of their home matches against the Crusaders.

The average score when the Brumbies play the Crusaders at home in Canberra is : Brumbies 30 Crusaders 23.

The Brumbies are currently in sixth place and have already qualified for the play offs. The Brumbies have played 15 matches and won 9. They have played 7 matches at home and won five.

The Crusaders cannot qualify for the play offs and are in 8th place. They can overtake the Lions in seventh but that is the highest they can go. The Crusaders have played 7 matches away from home and won 3.

In terms of selection the Crusaders have named 11 All Blacks in their team for this week and made five changes. Kieran Read returns at 8 and as captain, which sees Jordan Taufua move to the bench.

Sam Whitelock also returns after coming off the bench against the Blues. Jimmy Tupou takes his place in the reserves. Andy Ellis will be the starting halfback and Billy Guyton may get to make his Crusaders debut if he comes off the bench.

Ryan Crotty will start at centre this week and Jone Macilai returns to the right wing and on the bench Colin Slade has recovered from his quadriceps injury and Nafi Tuitavake is backline cover.

The Crusaders will only be playing for pride and the opportunity to give Richie McCaw and Dan Carter a happy send off.

The Brumbies on the other hand have retained the starting team that beat the Force last week but they have Matt Toomua on the bench.

The Brumbies have the same number of points as the Waratahs but they have one less win than the Waratahs. The Waratahs will also play after the Brumbies so they will know what they have to do to secure a home Semi-final.

If the Waratahs lose the final team placings will come down to wins and then points difference.

The Brumbies need to beat the Crusaders preferably with a bonus point as the Waratahs will be expected to beat the Reds who are statistically a weaker team than the Crusaders.

The Waratahs are favourites to beat the Reds with a bonus point which will mean that the Brumbies cannot overtake the Waratahs and they will finish in sixth place.

The Crusaders have scored the second highest number (52) of tries this season and the Brumbies have scored the fifth highest number (42). That statistic says that the Crusaders are more likely to earn the four try bonus point than the Brumbies.

The Bookies have given the Crusaders a 4 point start for this Match – with an offer of a 100% Deposit Bonus up to $200. The Crusaders have named a team filled with experience but the Brumbies have to go for it and aim for second place. They will then have to sit back and wait. The Brumbies should edge this by three.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 1/HD.

Average score: Brumbies 24 Crusaders 29

Last six results
03 May 2014 Brumbies v Crusaders 20-40 Christchurch
05 May 2013 Brumbies v Crusaders 23-30 Canberra
11 Mar 2011 Brumbies v Crusaders 10-52 Nelson
14 May 2010 Brumbies v Crusaders 22-40 Christchurch
21 Feb 2009 Brumbies v Crusaders 18-16 Canberra
15 Feb 2008 Brumbies v Crusaders 3-34 Christchurch

Brumbies overall record against the Crusaders
Played 21 , Wins 8 , Losses 13, Draws 0

Match No.116 :Brumbies v Crusaders
Date : Saturday 13 June 2015
Venue : GIO Stadium, Canberra
Kick Off local: 15:30 local, 17:30 NZST, 07:30 SAST
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 1:Rohan Hoffmann
Assistant Ref 2:Damien Mitchelmore
TMO : George Ayoub

Teams

Brumbies

1. Scott Sio , 2. Stephen Moore (c) , 3. Ben Alexander , 4. Rory Arnold , 5. Blake Enever , 6. Scott Fardy , 7. David Pocock , 8. Ita Vaea , 9. Nic White , 10. Christian Lealiifano , 11. Joe Tomane , 12. Robbie Coleman , 13. Tevita Kuridrani , 14. Henry Speight , 15. Jesse Mogg

Replacements : 16. Josh Mann-Rea , 17. Allan Alaalatoa , 18. Ruan Smith , 19. Jordan Smiler , 20. Jarrad Butler , 21. Michael Dowsett , 22. Matt Toomua , 23. James Dargaville

Crusaders

1 Wyatt Crockett ,2 Codie Taylor,3 Owen Franks,4 Luke Romano , 5.Sam Whitelock , 6. Matt Todd 7. Richie McCaw ,8 Kieran Read (c) ,9 Andy Ellis ,10 Dan Carter ,11 Nemani Nadolo ,12 David Havili ,13 Ryan Crotty ,14 Jone Macilai ,15 Tom Taylor

Replacements : 16 Ben Funnell ,17 Alex Hodgman,18 Nepo Laulala ,19 Jimmy Tupou , 20 Jordan Taufua ,21 Billy Guyton ,22 Colin Slade,23 Nafi Tuitavake

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