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The first match on Saturday in the final round of the Super Rugby regular season is in Christchurch where the Crusaders host the Hurricanes.

This match will have a direct bearing on where the final will be played as the Crusaders can finish on top of the Super Rugby standings if they beat the Hurricanes.

The Crusaders will however need the Lions and the Chiefs to lose their matches. The Lions are more likely to lose their match as they have named a “B” side to face the Jaguares.

The Chiefs play the Highlanders in Dunedin so that result could go the Crusaders way as well but first the Crusaders will need to beat the Hurricanes.

The Hurricanes themselves could finish on top of the standings and they too would need the Chiefs and Lions to lose.

This will be the first time that the Crusaders face the Hurricanes this year. Overall the Crusaders have played the Hurricanes 29 times in Super Rugby since 1996 and they have won 17 matches lost 9 and drawn 3 times.

This gives the Crusaders a record of winning 59% of their matches. Given the three draws the Crusaders can also say that they have not lost 69% of their matches against the Hurricanes.

This weekend the match will be played in Christchurch where the teams have met 15 times. In those 15 matches the Crusaders have won 10 matches lost four and drawn one.

This gives the Crusaders record of winning 67% of their matches or not losing 74% of their matches. The average score when the Crusaders host the Hurricanes in Christchurch is : Crusaders 29 Hurricanes 20

The Crusaders lost to the Chiefs in their first match back after the June break. They bounced back with a big win over the Rebels last week.

The Hurricanes are on a four match winning streak currently and have beaten the Reds, Highlanders, Blues and Waratahs in recent weeks.

For this match coach Todd Blackadder has made three changes and all of them are in the forwards as prop Wyatt Crockett moves back into the starting fifteen, shifting Alex Hodgman onto the bench.

Jimmy Tupou will move from number 8 to 6 this week, with captain Kieran Read coming back into the team.

The Hurricanes have made two changes for this match. Ngani Laumape joins Willis Halaholo in the starting midfield.

Laumape has been promoted from the bench to start at second five with Halaholo shifting out one spot to centre for the final round of the Super Rugby regular season at AMI Stadium.

The Hurricanes rejig comes after regular centre Matt Proctor was ruled out with the hamstring strain that forced him off the field early in last weekend’s win over the Waratahs in Sydney. Proctor’s regular midfield partner Vince Aso remains sidelined with a calf strain.

It will be Laumape’s first start since running out against the Sharks five weeks ago, while Halaholo will make his twelfth appearance and fourth start of the campaign.

The Bookies have given the Hurricanes a 6 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. The Hurricanes have been in top form in recent weeks but last week the Crusaders looked like a championship winning team. They will also have home advantage this week again. The Crusaders should win this by four.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ (Sky), Aus (Fox Sports), SA (SuperSport) and in the UK on Sky Sports 3.

Average score: Crusaders 27 Hurricanes 20

Last five results
29 May 2015 Crusaders v Hurricanes 35-18 Christchurch
02 May 2015 Crusaders v Hurricanes 23-29 Wellington
28 Jun 2014 Crusaders v Hurricanes 9-16 Wellington
28 Mar 2014 Crusaders v Hurricanes 26-29 Christchurch
12 Jul 2013 Crusaders v Hurricanes 25-17 Christchurch

Crusaders overall record against the Hurricanes
Played 29 , Wins 17, Losses 9, Draws 3

Match No.130:Crusaders v Hurricanes
Date : Saturday 16 July 2016
Venue : AMI Stadium, Crusaders
Kick Off local: 17:15 local
Referee: Ben O’Keeffe
Assistant Ref 1:Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 2:Brendon Pickerill
TMO : Glenn Newman

Teams

Crusaders

1. Wyatt Crockett, 2. Codie Taylor, 3. Owen Franks, 4. Scott Barrett, 5. Sam Whitelock, 6. Jimmy Tupou, 7. Matt Todd, 8. Kieran Read (C), 9. Andy Ellis, 10. Richie Mo’unga, 11. Nemani Nadolo, 12. David Havili, 13. Ryan Crotty, 14. Johnny McNicholl, 15. Israel Dagg ,

Replacements :16. Ben Funnell ,17. Alex Hodgman, 18. Mike Alaalatoa ,19. Luke Romano ,20. Pete Samu ,21. Mitchell Drummond ,22. Mitch Hunt , 23. Kieron Fonotia

Hurricanes

15 James Marshall , 14 Cory Jane , 13 Willis Halaholo , 12 Ngani Laumape , 11 Julian Savea , 10 Beauden Barrett , 9 TJ Perenara (vc) , 8 Victor Vito , 7 Ardie Savea , 6 Brad Shields , 5 Michael Fatialofa , 4 Vaea Fifita , 3 Chris Eves , 2 Dane Coles (c) , 1 Reggie Goodes

Replacements : Ricky Riccitelli, Ben May, Loni Uhila, Mark Abbott, Callum Gibbins, Jamison Gibson Park, Wes Goosen, Jason Woodward.

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