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Highlanders v Crusaders Super Rugby Preview

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Article Published: Thursday 27 June 2013

The sixth placed Crusaders will be looking to keep their Super Rugby title hopes alive when they travel to Dunedin to play the last placed Highlanders in the overall standings.

The last two matches between the Highlanders and the Crusaders have been won by the Crusaders but in the last five the Highlanders have won twice.

Overall the Highlanders have played the Crusaders 23 times since May 1996 and they have won 8 times with no draws.

The Highlanders 8 victories out of 23 matches against the Crusaders gives them a record of winning 35% of the matches between the teams.

The average score when the Highlanders play the Crusader across all venues is Highlanders 21 Crusaders 29.

The Highlanders have played the Crusaders 10 times in Dunedin since 1997 and both teams have won five matches each. The average score when the Highlanders play the Crusaders in Dunedin is Highlanders 18 Crusaders 23.

Out of the last five matches in Dunedin the Crusaders have won three and lost two.

The Crusaders have chosen to rest some of their All Blacks for this match but the team that has been named is still a strong match with plenty of experience.

In particular, Corey Flynn has been named to win his 130th Super Rugby cap for the Crusaders which will make him the most capped Crusader of all time. He is now level with Reuben Thorne.

At the time of writing the Highlanders had not named their team but no major surprises are expected. If the Crusaders start to fall behind in the match they have plenty of firepower on the bench to get them back in the match.

The Bookies have given the Highlanders a 7 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. The Crusaders are on the edge of play off qualification and know they can't afford a slip up. The Crusaders should win by six.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 2 on the red button.

Average score: Highlanders 21 Crusaders 29

Last five results
20 Apr 2013 Highlanders v Crusaders 8-24 Christchurch
01 Jun 2012 Highlanders v Crusaders 18-51 Christchurch
03 Mar 2012 Highlanders v Crusaders 27-24 Dunedin
23 Apr 2011 Highlanders v Crusaders 26-18 Nelson
19 Mar 2011 Highlanders v Crusaders 13-44 Dunedin

Highlanders overall record against the Crusaders
Played 23 ,Wins 8 ,Losses 15 ,Draws 0

Match No.: 105. Highlanders v Crusaders
Date : Saturday 29 June
Venue : Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Kick Off local: 19:35
Referee: Steve Walsh
Assistant Ref 1:Kane McBride
Assistant Ref 2:Sheldon Eden-Whaitiri
TMO : Keith Brown



1. Tony Woodcock ,2. Andrew Hore (c),3. Ma'afu Fia ,4. Brad Thorn ,5. Josh Bekhuis ,6. Jarrad Hoeata,7. Elliot Dixon ,8. Mose Tuiali'i ,9. Fumiaki Tanaka ,10. Colin Slade ,11. Hosea Gear (vc),12. Shaun Treeby,13. Tamati Ellison,14. Kade Poki,15. Ben Smith

Replacements : 16. Liam Coltman ,17. Bronson Murray, 18. Jake Paringatai,19. TJ Ioane ,20. Aaron Smith ,21. Lima Sopoaga ,22. Ma'a Nonu


1. Joe Moody ,2. Ben Funnell ,3. Nepo Laulala,4. Tom Donnelly ,5. Sam Whitelock,6. George Whitelock (c) ,7. Matt Todd,8. Luke Whitelock,9. Andy Ellis ,10. Dan Carter ,11. Zac Guildford ,12. Tom Taylor ,13. Ryan Crotty ,14. Tom Marshall ,15. Israel Dagg

Replacements : 16. Corey Flynn, 17. Wyatt Crockett, 18. Luke Romano, 19. Kieran Read, 20. Willi Heinz, 21. Robbie Fruean ,22. Adam Whitelock

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