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Crusaders vs Bulls Super Rugby Preview

Zac Guildford scored in the last clash between the teams but is missing this week

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Article Published: Thursday 14 March 2013






The Bulls have won three out of the last five matches between them and the Crusaders but they have had home advantage in all three victories.

The Crusaders and the Bulls have played each other 20 times in Super Rugby since 1998 and the Crusaders have won 13 times including the Crusaders win the last time the teams met.

The Crusaders 13 victories translates to them winning 65% of their matches against the Bulls.

The average score when the Crusaders play the Bulls is Crusaders 33 Bulls 23.

This match will be the Crusaders first home match of the 2013 season and they have played the Bulls 9 times in Christchurch and won all nine matches.

The Bulls did pull off a victory over the Crusaders as Northern Transvaal but in modern day Super Rugby the Bulls have never won in the city.

When the Crusaders host the Bulls in Christchurch the average score is Crusaders 37 Bulls 15.

In terms of form the Crusaders have yet to win a match although they have only played two matches so far as they started a week later than everyone else.

Both matches were away from home and the Crusaders are known for being slow starters in Super Rugby.

The Bulls have made an almost perfect start to the season which is why they lead the South African conference. The Bulls also made history last week by beating the Blues for the first time in Auckland.

There are however two concerns for the Bulls. Whilst they will still take a lot of confidence from last week's Blues victory they also know that the Blues team they beat was not a first string Blues team.

The bigger problem for the Bulls is that it is well documented that the fatigue factor kicks in when traveling to New Zealand from South Africa so the Bulls can expect to fade in the final quarter as most teams do at Loftus at the same time in the game. The Bulls also have a short turn around as they played on Sunday while the Crusaders played on Friday.

The Bulls can however take much faith from the way that the Cheetahs beat the Highlanders in their second match on tour last weekend.

In selection terms the Bulls have made one injury enforced change for this match with Jurgen Visser earning his first Super Rugby start as replacement for Lionel Mapoe.

The Crusaders have also made one injury enforced change for the match but that was Tyler Bleyendaal replacing Tom Taylor on the bench.

The Bookies have given the Bulls an 11 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. We think the Crusaders home advantage and the Bulls fatigue will influence the result in this match. The Crusaders should win by 8.

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

Average score: Crusaders 33 Bulls 23

Last five results
21 Jul 2012 (Play Off) Crusaders v Bulls 28-13 Christchurch
07 Apr 2012 Crusaders v Bulls 30-32 Pretoria
09 Apr 2011 Crusaders v Bulls 27-0 Timaru
22 May 2010 (Semi-Final) Crusaders v Bulls 24-39 Soweto
07 May 2010 Crusaders v Bulls 35-40 Pretoria

Crusaders overall record against the Bulls
Played 20, Wins 13 , Losses 7 , Draws 0

Match No.26 : Crusaders vs Bulls
Date : Sat. 16 March
Venue : Ami Stadium, Christchurch
Kick Off local: 19.35
Referee: Chris Pollock (New Zealand)
Assistant Ref 1:Nick Briant (New Zealand)
Assistant Ref 2:Kane McBride (New Zealand)
TMO : Vinny Munro (New Zealand)

Teams

Crusaders

1. Wyatt Crockett, 2. Corey Flynn, 3. Owen Franks, 4. Samuel Whitelock, 5. Dominic Bird, 19. Luke Whitelock, 6. George Whitelock, 7. Matt Todd, 8. Kieran Read (c), 9. Andy Ellis, 10. Dan Carter, 11. Johnny McNicholl, 12. Ryan Crotty, 13. Robbie Fruean, 14. Tom Marshall, 15. Israel Dagg

Replacements : 16. Ben Funnell, 17. Joe Moody, 18. Tom Donnelly, 20. Willi Heinz, 21. Tyler Bleyendaal, 22. Adam Whitelock

Bulls

Zane Kirchner, Akona Ndungane, JJ Engelbrecht, Wynand Olivier, Jurgen Visser, Morne Steyn, Jano Vermaak, Pierre Spies (c), Arno Botha, Deon Stegmann, Juandre Kruger, Flip van der Merwe, Frik Kirsten, Willie Wepener, Morne Mellett.

Replacements: Chiliboy Ralepelle, Werner Kruger, Grant Hattingh, Jacques Potgieter, Francois Hougaard, Louis Fouche, Jan Serfontein.

 
 
 
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