Crusaders v Lions Super Rugby Preview

Out of the last five Super Rugby matches between the Christchurch based Crusaders and Johannesburg’s Lions the Crusaders have won all five matches.

Overall the Crusaders have played the Lions 15 times since 1998 and the Crusaders have won 12 matches and lost three.

The average score when the Crusaders play the Lions is : Crusaders 36 Lions 25.

This weekend the match will be played in Christchurch so the Crusaders will have home advantage as they have done on 7 occasions.

In those seven matches the teams have played five matches in Christchurch and two in Nelson and the Crusaders have won 6 matches and lost one.

The Crusaders only home loss to the Lions came in a match played in Nelson in 2001 when the Lions won by one point at 31-32.

This means that the Crusaders are unbeaten by the Lions in Christchurch and in their home city they have a 100% record.

The average score in Christchurch when the teams play is Crusaders 45 Lions 22.

In terms of form the Crusaders have not had the best form this season and in their last outing they were beaten by the Chiefs with a record score and conceded five tries for the first time in the two team’s history.

The Crusaders started the season with a loss at home to the Rebels but then in the next week they beat the Highlanders in Dunedin by simply getting the job done – nothing fancy.

Their third match was against the Chiefs and last week they had the bye. This week the Crusaders will be at near full strength as they will have a number of returning All Blacks including Kieran Read, Sam Whitelock and Dan Carter. Nemani Nadolo who was last year’s joint top try scorer is also back.

The Lions have also not had the best form this season as they lost their first three matches but then last week they beat the Blues. The Lions spent much of the match defending their line waiting for the Blues to make a mistake and when they did the Lions scored. It’s difficult to say whether the Lions were good or the Blues were bad last week.

The Lions have retained the starting line up that beat the Blues for this week so one can expect a similar game plan this week from the Johannesburg side.

The Bookies have given the Lions a 16 point start for this Match – with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. Even though the Lions won last week and the Crusaders were bad against the Chiefs a second Lions victory in as many weeks just seems too much to ask of the Lions. The Crusaders should win this by 11 or more.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA bit not in the UK.

Average score: Crusaders 36 Lions 25

Last five results
05 Apr 2014 Crusaders v Lions 28-7 Johannesburg
31 Mar 2012 Crusaders v Lions 23-13 Johannesburg
20 Mar 2010 Crusaders v Lions 46-19 Christchurch
01 May 2009 Crusaders v Lions 32-20 Johannesburg
12 Apr 2008 Crusaders v Lions 31-6 Christchurch

Crusaders overall record against the Lions
Played 15 , Wins 12, Losses 3, Draws 0

Match No.30:Crusaders v Lions
Date : Saturday 14 March 2015
Venue : AMI Stadium, Christchurch
Kick Off local: 16:30 local, 14:30 AEDT, 05:30 SAST
Referee: Nick Briant
Assistant Ref 1:Ben O’Keeffe
Assistant Ref 2:Paul Williams
TMO:Chris Wratt

Teams

Crusaders

1, Wyatt Crockett, ,2, Ben Funnell, 3, Owen Franks, 4, Luke Romano, 5, Sam Whitelock,6, Jordan Taufua,7, Richie McCaw, 8, Kieran Read (c) 9, Andy Ellis,10, Colin Slade, 11, Nemani Nadolo, 12, Dan Carter, 13, Ryan Crotty , 14, Johnny McNicholl, 15, Tom Taylor, ,

Replacements : 16, Codie Taylor,17, Joe Moody, 18, Nepo Laulala , 19, Scott Barrett, 20, Luke Whitelock, 21, Mitchell Drummond, , 22, Kieron Fonotia, 23, David Havili

Lions

15. Andries Coetzee, 14. Ruan Combrinck, 13. Lionel Mapoe, 12. Harold Vorster, 11. Sampie Mastriet, 10. Elton Jantjies, 9. Ross Cronje, 8. Warren Whiteley (c), 7. Warwick Tecklenburg, 6. Jaco Kriel, 5. Martin Muller, 4. Franco Mostert, 3. Julian Redelinghuys, 2. Robbie Coetzee, 1. Corne Fourie

Replacements : 16. Armand van der Merwe, 17. Jacques van Rooyen, 18. Ruan Dreyer, 19. Andries Ferreira, 20. Derick Minnie, 21. Faf de Klerk, 22. Marnitz Boshoff, 23. Howard Mnisi

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