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The first match in Super Rugby Round 11 is in Christchurch where the Crusaders host the Reds at AMI Stadium.

The Reds go into the match with some confidence as they have been improving in recent weeks and last week they beat the Cheetahs.

The Crusaders will however go into the match overflowing with confidence as they have won their last seven matches. The Crusaders have not won 8 matches in a row since 2008.

The Crusaders have played the Reds 22 times in Super Rugby and they have won 16 matches and lost 6 matches. This gives the Crusaders a record of winning 73% of their matches against the Reds.

The teams have played each other 10 times in New Zealand the the Crusaders have won 9 matches and lost once. That one loss was in 1999 and gives the Crusaders a record of winning 90% of their home matches against the Reds.

The average score when the Crusaders host the Reds is : Crusaders 37 Reds 17.

The Crusaders have made five changes for this week’s match and Johnny McNicholl returns to the side replacing Nemani Nadolo who has been suspended.

Wyatt Crockett, Mike Alaalatoa and Codie Taylor make up the front row with Joe Moody and Owen Franks providing cover from the bench. The locking partnership of Scott Barrett and Sam Whitelock takes to the field moving Luke Romano into the reserves.

Johnny McNicholl returns from a toe injury moving Jone Macilai into the number 11 jersey. While Mitchell Drummond starts as half back with Andy Ellis taking a place on the reserves bench.

The Reds have made two changes to the side that beat the Cheetahs. Notably the world’s most expensive bench warmer Ayumu Goromaru has been dropped from the squad and Queensland Under-20s standout Campbell Magnay comes into the side.

Magnay comes in to the side for the injured Samu Kerevi (hand) while Chris Feauai-Sautia recovering from an ankle injury to resume his place on the wing. Feauai-Sautia’s return to the starting side has shifted utility back Junior Laloifi to the bench.

It’s been 17 years since the Reds beat the Crusaders in New Zealand and the last four matches between the sides have all been won by the Crusaders.

The Bookies have given the Reds a 19 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. Given the Crusaders current unbeaten run they are one of two form teams at the moment (the Chiefs are also on a 7 match run). The Reds will do well to keep the Crusaders from running up a big score in this one – they beat the Brumbies by 26 points in Canberra. The Crusaders should win by 21 or more.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ (Sky), Aus (Fox Sports), SA (SuperSport) and in the UK on Sky Sports 1.

Average score: Crusaders 31 Reds 22

Last five results
08 May 2015 Crusaders v Reds 58-17 Christchurch
11 May 2014 Crusaders v Reds 57-29 Brisbane
20 Jul 2013 (Elimination) Crusaders v Reds 38-9 Christchurch
06 May 2012 Crusaders v Reds 15-11 Christchurch
09 Jul 2011 (Final) Crusaders v Reds 13-18 Brisbane

Crusaders overall record against the Reds
Played 22 , Wins 16 , Losses 6, Draws 0

Match No.79:Crusaders v Reds
Date : Friday 6 May 2016
Venue : AMI Stadium, Christchurch
Kick Off local: 19:35 local
Referee: Brendon Pickerill
Assistant Ref 1:Jamie Nutbrown
Assistant Ref 2:Kane McBride
TMO : Chris Wratt

Teams

Crusaders

1. Wyatt Crockett, 2. Codie Taylor,3. Mike Alaalatoa,4. Scott Barrett,5. Sam Whitelock,6. Jordan Taufua,7. Matt Todd,8. Kieran Read (c),9. Mitchell Drummond, 10. Richie Mo’unga,11. Jone Macilai,12. David Havili, 13. Kieron Fonotia,14. Johnny McNicholl, 15. Israel Dagg,

Replacements : 16. Ben Funnell,17. Joe Moody,18. Owen Franks,19. Luke Romano,20. Tim Boys,21. Andy Ellis, 22. Ryan Crotty,23. Marty Mckenzie,

Reds

1. James Slipper (C), 2. Andrew Ready, 3. Greg Holmes, 4. Ben Matwijow, 5. Rob Simmons, 6. Hendrik Tui, 7. Liam Gill, 8. Curtis Browning, 9. Nick Frisby (50th Queensland cap), 10. Jake McIntyre, 11. Eto Nabuli, 12. Anthony Fainga’a, 13. Campbell Magnay, 14. Chris Feauai-Sautia, 15. Karmichael Hunt

16. Saia Fainga’a, 17. Sef Fa’agase, 18. Sam Talakai, 19. Cadeyrn Neville, 20. Michael Gunn, 21. James Tuttle, 22. Sam Greene, 23. Junior Laloifi,

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