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Article Published: Thursday 28 March 2013|

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Out of the last thirteen Super Rugby matches between the Stormers and the Crusaders the Crusaders have won eleven and the Stormers two.

The Stormers have played the Crusaders 17 times since they started playing each other in Super Rugby and the Stormers have won just four times.

That translates to the Stormers winning an incredibly low 24% of their matches against the Crusaders.

No Australasian team has beaten the Stormers more in South Africa than the Crusaders and the average score when the two teams meet is Stormers 21 Crusaders 30.

In the Stormers home city Cape Town the stats don't get too much better as they have hosted the Crusaders nine times and the Stormers have won just four times.

That works out to the Stormers winning just 44% of their home matches against the Crusaders.

In comparison to other New Zealand teams in Cape Town the Highlanders (four wins from nine) and Blues (four from seven) have also tasted a fair bit of success against the Stormers in South Africa, but it's the Crusaders who enjoy winning in Cape Town the most.

The average score when the Stormers play the Crusaders in Cape Town is Stormers 23 Crusaders 28.

The Stormers have also not beaten the Crusaders at Newlands since April 2010 as the visitors have left as the winners on their last two visits.

If you are Stormers fan it does not make for good reading. However there is light at the end of the tunnel.

This week the Crusaders will be without three of their best players. There is no Richie McCaw, there is no Dan Carter and then is also no Kieran Read.

Any team in the world in going to miss three players like that. George Whitelock will captain the Crusaders as Read was deputizing for McCaw. Luke Whitelock who came off the bench last week has replaced Kieran Read and Tyler Bleyendaal replaces Dan Carter.

There are four changes to the team that beat the Southern Kings and the only real step up is the return of Israel Dagg at fullback.

The Stormers on the other hand have made two changes to the team that ended the Brumbies unbeaten streak. Deon Fourie starts for Tiaan Liebenberg and Pat Cilliers comes in for the suspended Steven Kitshoff.

The Stormers really "clicked" last week as not only did they become the first team to beat the Brumbies but they also did it with a bonus point as they scored four tries.

The Stormers will also have the benefit this week of a full panel of local match officials.

The Bookies have given the Crusaders a 5 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. The Crusaders won't be at full strength and the Stormers will have home advantage so this appears to be the Stormers best chance against the Crusaders for some time. The Stormers should edge this by 2.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on the Sky Sports Red Button/website.

Average score: Stormers 21 Crusaders 30

Last five results
14 Apr 2012 Stormers v Crusaders 24-31 Christchurch
02 Jul 2011 (Semi-final) Stormers v Crusaders 10-29 Cape Town
07 May 2011 Stormers v Crusaders 14-20 Cape Town
30 Apr 2010 Stormers v Crusaders 42-14 Cape Town
28 Mar 2009 Stormers v Crusaders 7-11 Christchurch

Stormers overall record against the Crusaders
Played 17 , Wins 4 ,Losses 13 ,Draws 0

Match No.41.: Stormers v Crusaders
Date : Saturday 30 March
Venue : Newlands Stadium, Cape Town
Kick Off local: 19:10
Referee: Craig Joubert
Assistant Ref 1:Stuart Berry
Assistant Ref 2:Linston Manuels
TMO : Shaun Veldsman

Teams

Stormers

15. Joe Pietersen , 14. Gio Aplon , 13. Juan de Jongh , 12. Jean de Villiers (captain) , 11. Gerhard van den Heever , 10. Elton Jantjies , 9. Dewaldt Duvenage , 8. Duane Vermeulen (vice-captain) , 7. Rynhardt Elstadt , 6. Siya Kolisi , 5. Andries Bekker , 4. De Kock Steenkamp , 3. Frans Malherbe , 2. Deon Fourie , 1. Pat Cilliers

Reserves: , 16. Martin Bezuidenhout , 17. Brok Harris , 18. Don Armand , 19. Nizaam Carr , 20. Nic Groom , 21. Damian de Allende , 22. Jaco Taute

Crusaders

1.Wyatt Crockett, 2.Corey Flynn, 3.Owen Franks, 4.Luke Romano, 5.Samuel Whitelock, 6.George Whitelock (c), 7.Matt Todd, 8.Luke Whitelock, 9.Willi Heinz, 10.Tyler Bleyendaal, 11.Johnny McNicholl, 12.Ryan Crotty, 13.Robbie Fruean, 14.Tom Marshall, 15.Israel Dagg.

Replacements : 16.Ben Funnell, 17.Joe Moody, 18.Dominic Bird, 19.Jordan Taufua, 20.Andy Ellis, 21.Adam Whitelock, 22.Zac Guildford.

 
 
 
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