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Western Force vs Crusaders Super Rugby Preview

Adam Whitelock gets through the Western Force's defence

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Article Published: Thursday 11 April 2013|

The Western Force have played the Crusaders seven times since they joined Super Rugby in 2006 and surprisingly the teams have drawn twice.

That means the Force have a record of drawing 29% of their matches against the Crusaders - and amazingly both draws were 23-all.

Aside from the two draws the Force have also beaten seven time Super Rugby champion Crusaders so out of seven matches the Crusaders have only beaten the Force four times.

In those seven Super Rugby matches across all venues the average score between the teams is Western Force 21 Crusaders 32.

The Force have played the Crusaders 4 times in Perth and they have drawn twice and won once.

That means the Crusaders have only won once in Perth or 25% of their matches in Western Australian city.

When the Force play the Crusaders in Perth the average score is Western Force 25 Crusaders 28.

The Force are in a terrible dip. Out of their last 16 matches they have only won 3 matches. They are currently on a three match losing streak and this year they have one win (the Reds) to their name.

In contrast to the Force in the Crusaders have a record of played six won three, lost three. The Crusaders will go into the match on the back of a loss but it was their second match on tour which teams often lose.

Dan Carter was expected back for this week but he injured his hamstring and will now be missing for a couple of weeks.

In terms of selection the Crusaders have made four changes to the team that lost to the Sharks in Durban with Israel Dagg returns to fullback, moving Tom Marshall to the wing and Zac Guildford onto the bench.

Dominic Bird has replaced Sam Whitelock in the starting fifteen while Shane Christie earns his first appearance for the Crusaders in the number 7 jersey.

At the time of writing the Force had not yet named their team. No major surprises are expected but we can be sure that they will take a massive step up for the Crusaders.

The last two matches between the Force and the Crusaders were both won by the Crusaders.

The Bookies have given the Force a 9 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. The Force haven't shown us any reason yet this year to make up think they can pull off a win this weekend. The Crusaders should win by 12.

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

Average score: Western Force 21 Crusaders 32

Last five results
14 Jul 2012 Force v Crusaders 24-38 Christchurch
30 Apr 2011 Force v Crusaders 30-42 Perth
23 Apr 2010 Force v Crusaders 24-16 Perth
14 Mar 2009 Force v Crusaders 23-23 Christchurch
09 Mar 2008 Force v Crusaders 24-29 Perth

Force overall record against the Crusaders
Played 7,Wins 1 ,Losses 4 ,Draws 2

Match No.53 : Western Force vs Crusaders
Date : Saturday 13 April
Venue : NIB Stadium, Perth
Kick Off local: 19.45
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)
Assistant Ref 1:James Leckie
Assistant Ref 2:Damien Mitchelmore
TMO : George Ayoub



To follow.


1. Wyatt Crockett ,2. Corey Flynn ,3. Owen Franks,4. Luke Romano ,5. Dominic Bird ,6. George Whitelock (c) ,7. Shane Christie,8. Luke Whitelock ,9. Andy Ellis ,10. Tyler Bleyendaal ,11. Tom Marshall ,12. Ryan Crotty ,13. Robbie Fruean ,14. Adam Whitelock ,15. Israel Dagg

Replacements : 16. Ben Funnell 17. Joe Moody 18. Tom Donnelly 19. Jordan Taufua 20. Willi Heinz 21. Telusa Veainu 22. Zac Guildford

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