Crusaders v Waratahs Super rugby preview

This is a very big match. In 2008 these two teams contested the Super 14 final. In that final and all of the last eight clashes between these two teams the Crusaders have won.


The closest the Waratahs have come to the Crusaders in their last five matches was in 2007 with a one point loss in Sydney and the last time the Waratahs beat the Crusaders was in 2004 (Score 19-43). That solitary victory was the only tim in ten matches that the Waratahs have beaten the Crusaders in New Zealand.


However this could be perfect timing for the Waratahs. They will go into this match brimming with confidence and leading the Super rugby table. Having secured bonus point wins in both of their matches they will have dusted off the cobwebs.


The Crusaders on the other hand have played one match and lost one match. It has been well documented that they will be full of emotion and playing for the victims of the Christchurch earthquake and the Pike mine disaster but they will have had little game time and a big start by the Waratahs could catch them cold.


On average the Crusaders score 29 points and the Waratahs score 21 points in these matches and that figure is not really distorted by the freak 96-19 score when the Crusaders won in 2002 if you look at the recent scores.


This match will be memorable for a number of occasions and one of them will be the first time that Sonny Bill Williams plays for the Crusaders. Rob Horne should have his hands full on this occasion.


The Bookies have given the Waratahs a 5 point start and have offered a Bet£10 Get £20 offer. We think that there has to be something about the Crusaders domination over the Waratahs so with all of the emotion expected we are predicting the Crusaders to win this one by five points.


Last six results
Sat, 10 Apr 2010 Crusaders v Waratahs 20-13 Christchurch
Sat, 21 Mar 2009 Crusaders v Waratahs 17-13 Sydney
Sat, 31 May 2008 Final Crusaders v Waratahs 20-12 Christchurch
Fri, 21 Mar 2008 Crusaders v Waratahs 34-7 Christchurch
Sat, 31 Mar 2007 Crusaders v Waratahs 34-33 Sydney
Fri, 07 Apr 2006 Crusaders v Waratahs 17-11 Christchurch


Crusaders overall record against the Waratahs
Played 17 , Wins 13, Losses 4, Draws 0


Match No. 15. Crusaders v Waratahs
Date :Friday 4 March
Venue : Nelson
Kick Off local: 19:35
Kick Off GMT: 6:35
Referee: Chris Pollock
Assistant Ref 1:Kane McBride
Assistant Ref 2:Richard Kelly
TMO :Garratt Williamson


Teams


Crusaders team :1. Wyatt Crockett ,2. Corey Flynn ,3. Owen Franks ,4. Brad Thorn ,5. Sam Whitelock,6. George Whitelock ,7. Matt Todd ,8. Kieran Read (Capt),9. Andy Ellis ,10. Daniel Carter ,11. Adam Whitelock,12. Sonny Bill Williams,13. Robbie Fruean,14. Sean Maitland,15. Israel Dagg


Reserves: 16. Quentin MacDonald,17. Ben Franks,18. Chris Jack,19. Jonathan Poff,20. Willi Heinz,21. Matt Berquist,22. Tom Marshall


Waratahs: 15. Kurtley Beale , 14. Lachie Turner , 13. Rob Horne , 12. Tom Carter , 11. Drew Mitchell , 10. Daniel Halangahu , 9. Luke Burgess , 8. Ben Mowen , 7. Phil Waugh[c] , 6. Dave Dennis , 5. Kane Douglas , 4. Dean Mumm , 3. Al Baxter , 2. Tatafu Polota-Nau , 1. Sekope Kepu


Reserves 16. Damien Fitzpatrick , 17. Benn Robinson , 18. Sitaleki Timani , 19. Pat McCutcheon , 20. Brendan McKibbin , 21. Ryan Cross , 22. Afa Pakalani , 23rd – Pat O’Connor ,

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