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Crusaders v Hurricanes Super Rugby Preview

TJ Perenara tries to get away from the Crusaders with the ball

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Article Published: Thursday 11 July 2013

The Crusaders have already booked a place in the Super Rugby play offs and they could still win the New Zealand Super Rugby conference.

The Chiefs however only need a losing bonus point or to score four tries against the Blues to give them the title of New Zealand Conference winners.

The Crusaders have played the Hurricanes 24 times since April 1996 and the Crusaders have won 15, lost six and drawn three times.

In truth the teams have only drawn twice but the February 2011 match was called off and is in the history books as a draw.

The Crusaders 15 victories means that they have won 63% of their matches across all venues against the Hurricanes.

The average score across all venues when these teams play is Crusaders 28 Hurricanes 19 and the last two matches were won by the Hurricanes.

This weekend the match will be played in Christchurch where the teams have met 13 times.

The last match in Christchurch between the teams was in June 2012 and the Hurricanes won 22-23.

From the 13 matches between the Crusaders and Hurricanes in Christchurch the Crusaders have won 9, lost three times and drawn once. That gives the Crusaders a record of winning 63% of their home matches.

Out of the last four matches in Christchurch both teams have won two matches and the winners have alternated. Before the Hurricanes recent two wins the Crusaders went seven matches unbeaten against the Hurricanes.

The average score when the Crusaders play the Hurricanes is the same Crusaders 28 Hurricanes 19 so it makes little difference where these teams play.

The Crusaders have however not lost at home in Christchurch since this time last year and they are on a 9 match winning streak at home.

In recent weeks the Crusaders have taken a step up as we have hit the business end of the season. Dan Carter has been in sublime form and Kieran Read was class last week when they beat Super Rugby leaders the Chiefs.

In contrast the Hurricanes have been somewhat disappointing and they have lost their last four matches. OUt of their last seven matches they have won 1.

The Bookies have given the Hurricanes a 16 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. Ther Crusaders look to be on a roll and have found form. The Crusaders should win by 14.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 4/HD.

Average score: Crusaders 28 Hurricanes 19

Last five results
08 Mar 2013 Crusaders v Hurricanes 28-29 Wellington
30 Jun 2012 Crusaders v Hurricanes 22-23 Christchurch
21 Apr 2012 Crusaders v Hurricanes 42-14 Wellington
18 Jun 2011 Crusaders v Hurricanes 16-9 Wellington
26 Feb 2011 Crusaders v Hurricanes 0-0 Wellington

Crusaders overall record against the Hurricanes
Played 24 ,Wins 15 ,Losses 6 ,Draws 3

Match No.114 : Crusaders v Hurricanes
Date : Friday 12 July
Venue : AMI Stadium, Addington Christchurch
Kick Off local: 19:35
Referee: Glen Jackson
Assistant Ref 1:Garratt Williamson
Assistant Ref 2:Kane McBride
TMO : Glenn Newman



1. Wyatt Crockett ,2. Corey Flynn ,3. Owen Franks ,4. Tom Donnelly ,5. Sam Whitelock,6. George Whitelock ,7. Matt Todd ,8. Kieran Read (c),9. Andy Ellis , 10. Dan Carter ,11. Zac Guildford ,12. Tom Taylor ,13. Ryan Crotty ,14. Tom Marshall ,15. Israel Dagg

Replacements : 16. Ben Funnell ,17. Joe Moody ,18. Jimmy Tupou , 19. Luke Whitelock , 20. Willi Heinz ,21. Tyler Bleyendaal , 22. Telusa Veainu


1. Ben Franks ,2. Ash Dixon,3. Ben May,4. Jeremy Thrush,5. James Broadhurst,6. Brad Shields,7. Karl Lowe,8. Victor Vito ,9. TJ Perenara,10. Beauden Barrett,11. Julian Savea, 12. Reynold Lee-Lo,13. Conrad Smith (c),14. Alapati Leiua / Matt Proctor,15. James Marshall

Replacements : 16. Reggie Goodes,17. John Schwalger,18. Blade Thomson,19. Faifili Levave,20. Chris Smylie,21. Ope Peleseuma,22. Matt Proctor / Andre Taylor.

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