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Super Rugby Trans Tasman continues this weekend on Friday when the Hurricanes host the Western Force. The Blues lead the overall standings but are level with the Hurricanes as they both have 10 points.

The Crusaders are on 9 points and are in danger of not winning another Super rugby title as they have two teams ahead of them in the standings with the same number of matches ahead – this does not happen often to the Crusaders.


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After two rounds the Super Rugby Trans Tasman champion for 2021 looks just about certain to be a New Zealand team as the Australian sides occupy the bottom of the standings and have yet to win a match. They would need an extraordinary series of events to win the tournament from here.

Unusually the top Australian side currently is the Western Force. As mentioned earlier though they face the joint leaders on Friday and the Hurricanes have won the last nine matches against the Western Force.

There are five matches this weekend with one on Friday, three on Saturday (Waratahs v Crusaders, Blues v Brumbies, Reds v Chiefs) and on Sunday the Highlanders host the Melbourne Rebels.


Hurricanes v Western Force Super Rugby Trans Tasman Preview

The Hurricanes have played the Western Force 11 times in Super rugby since 2006 and the Hurricanes have won 10 matches and lost once.

The Hurricanes 10 wins out of 11 matches gives them a record of winning 91% of their matches against the Western Force regardless of venue.

The average score when the Hurricanes play the Western Force is : Hurricanes 32 Western Force 16.

This weekend the match will be played at home for the Hurricanes and they have had home advantage in 6 of the 11 matches.

In those 6 Hurricanes home matches they have won all 6.

The average score when the Hurricanes play the Western Force at home is : Hurricanes 32 Western Force 15.

The Western Force won the second match between these teams but the Hurricanes won the next 9 and have gone unbeaten in these matches since 2008.

The Bookies have given the Force a 23 point start for this Match – click HERE to see the latest odds.

Average score: Hurricanes 32 Western Force 16.

Last five results
2012-03-09 Western Force 19 – 46 Hurricanes
2013-04-19 Hurricanes 22 – 16 Western Force
2015-02-27 Western Force 13 – 42 Hurricanes
2016-03-18 Hurricanes 41 – 6 Western Force
2017-06-03 Western Force 12 – 34 Hurricanes

Hurricanes overall record against the Western Force
Played 11, won 10, lost 1, drawn 0

Match Officials and details
Match : Hurricanes v Western Force
Date : Friday 28 May
Venue : McLean Park, Napier
Kick Off local: 19:05
Referee: James Doleman
Assistant Ref 1:Ben O’Keeffe
Assistant Ref 2: Brendon Pickerill
TMO : Mike Fraser

Teams

Hurricanes: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Wes Goosen, 13 Peter Umaga-Jensen, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Salesi Rayasi, 10 Orbyn Leger, 9 Luke Campbell, 8 Gareth Evans, 7 Du’Plessis Kirifi, 6 Reed Prinsep (c), 5 Scott Scrafton, 4 Isaia Walker-Leawere, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Asafo Aumua, 1 Xavier Numia

Replacements: 16 Ricky Riccitelli, 17 Pouri Rakete-Stones, 18 Alex Fidow, 19 James Blackwell, 20 Ardie Savea, 21 Cam Roigard, 22 Billy Proctor, 23 Vince Aso

Western Force: 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Toni Pulu, 13 Richard Kahui, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Jordan Olowofela, 10 Domingo Miotti, 9 Tomas Cubelli, 8 Tim Anstee, 7 Kane Koteka, 6 Fergus Lee-Warner, 5 Sitaleki Timani, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Santiago Medrano, 2 Andrew Ready, 1 Tom Robertson

Replacements: 16 Feleti Kaitu’u, 17 Angus Wagner, 18 Greg Holmes, 19 Ryan McCauley, 20 Brynard Stander, 21 Ian Prior, 22 Jack McGregor, 23 Tevita Kuridrani


Waratahs v Crusaders Super Rugby Trans Tasman Preview

The Waratahs have played the Crusaders 27 times in Super rugby since 1996 and the Waratahs have won 7 matches, lost 20 times and drawn none.

The Waratahs 7 wins out of 27 matches gives them a record of winning 26% of their matches against the Crusaders regardless of venue.

The average score when the Waratahs play the Crusaders is : Waratahs 28 Crusaders 29.

This weekend the match will be played at home for the Waratahs and they have had home advantage in 12 of the 27 matches.

In those 12 Waratahs home matches they have won 6 matches and lost 6.

The average score when the Waratahs play the Crusaders at home is : Waratahs 27 Crusaders 27.

The Crusaders have won four of the last five meetings between these teams.

The Bookies have given the Waratahs a 32 point start for this Match – click HERE to see the latest odds.

Average score: Waratahs 28 Crusaders 29.

Last five results
2016-05-20 Crusaders 29 – 10 NSW Waratahs
2017-04-02 NSW Waratahs 22 – 41 Crusaders
2018-05-12 Crusaders 31 – 29 NSW Waratahs
2019-03-23 NSW Waratahs 20 – 12 Crusaders
2020-02-01 Crusaders 43 – 25 NSW Waratahs

Waratahs overall record against the Crusaders
Played 27, won 7, lost 20, drawn 0

Match Officials and details
Match : Waratahs v Crusaders
Date : Saturday 29 May
Venue : WIN Stadium, Wollongong
Kick Off local: 15:05
Referee: Graham Cooper
Assistant Ref 1:Matt Kellehan
Assistant Ref 2:James Quinn
TMO :James Leckie

Teams

Waratahs

Angus Bell, Dave Porecki, Harry Johnson-Holmes, Jeremy Williams, Jack Whetton, Lachie Swinton, Jack Dempsey, Will Harris, Jake Gordon (c), Ben Donaldson, Alex Newsome, Lalakai Foketi, Izaia Perese, Jack Maddocks, Will Harrison

Replacements: Joe Cotton, Te Tera Faulkner, Darcy Breen, Sam Caird, Carlo Tizzano, Jack Grant, Tepai Moeroa, Mark Nawaqanitawase

Crusaders

George Bower, Codie Taylor, Michael Alaalatoa, Quinten Strange, Scott Barrett (c), Whetukamokamo Douglas, Sione Havili Talitui, Cullen Grace, Mitchell Drummond, Richie Mo’unga, Leicester Fainga’anuku, Dallas McLeod, Braydon Ennor, Sevu Reece, Will Jordan

Replacements: Nathan Vella, Tamaiti Williams, Oliver Jager, Samuel Whitelock, Mitchell Dunshea, Bryn Hall, Fergus Burke, Manasa Mataele


Blues v Brumbies Super Rugby Trans Tasman Preview

The Blues have played the Brumbies 24 times in Super rugby since 1996 and the Blues have won 14 matches, lost 10 times and drawn none.

The Blues 14 wins out of 24 matches gives them a record of winning 58% of their matches against the Brumbies regardless of venue.

The average score when the Blues play the Brumbies is : Blues 24 Brumbies 23.

This weekend the match will be played at home for the Blues and they have had home advantage in 13 of the 24 matches.

In those 13 Blues home matches they have won 9 matches and lost 4.

The average score when the Blues play the Brumbies at home is : Blues 26 Brumbies 19.

The Blues have won three of the last five meetings between these teams.

The Bookies have given the Brumbies a 15 point start for this Match – click HERE to see the latest odds.

Average score: Blues 24 Brumbies 23.

Last five results
2014-04-04 Brumbies 26 – 9 Blues
2015-04-10 Blues 16 – 14 Brumbies
2016-07-08 Blues 40 – 15 Brumbies
2017-04-30 Brumbies 12 – 18 Blues
2019-05-04 Brumbies 26 – 21 Blues

Blues v Brumbies overall record against the
Played 24, won 14, lost 10, drawn 0

Match Officials and details
Match : Blues v Brumbies
Date : Saturday 29 May
Venue : Eden Park, Auckland
Kick Off local: 19:15
Referee: Damon Murphy
Assistant Ref 1: Ben O’Keeffe
Assistant Ref 2:Lauren Jenner
TMO : Glenn Newman

Teams

Blues

Karl Tu’inukuafe, Kurt Eklund, Marcel Renata, Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, Josh Goodhue, Tom Robinson (c), Dalton Papalii, Hoskins Sotutu, Finlay Christie, Otere Black, AJ Lam, TJ Faiane, Rieko Ioane, Bryce Heem, Zarn Sullivan

Replacements: Soane Vikena, Alex Hodgman, Nepo Laulala, Patrick Tuipulotu, Akira Ioane, Jonathan Ruru, Harry Plummer, Mark Telea

Brumbies

Scott Sio, Connal McInerney, Allan Alaalatoa (c), Darcy Swain, Nick Frost, Rob Valetini, Tom Cusack, Henry Stowers, Nic White, Noah Lolesio, Tom Wright, Irae Simone, Len Ikitau, Solomone Kata, Tom Banks

Replacements: Folau Fainga’a, Harry Lloyd, Sefo Kautai, Tom Hooper, Luke Reimer, Ryan Lonergan, Bayley Kuenzle, Mack Hansen


Reds v Chiefs Super Rugby Trans Tasman Preview

The Reds have played the Chiefs 23 times in Super rugby since 1996 and the Reds have won 10 matches, lost 13 times and drawn none.

The Reds 10 wins out of 23 matches gives them a record of winning 43% of their matches against the Chiefs regardless of venue.

The average score when the Reds play the Chiefs is : Reds 22 Chiefs 27.

This weekend the match will be played at home for the Reds and they have had home advantage in 11 of the 23 matches.

In those 11 Reds home matches they have won 5 matches and lost 6.

The average score when the Reds play the Chiefs at home is : Reds 24 Chiefs 28.

The Chiefs have won four of the last five meetings between these teams.

The Bookies have given the Reds an 8 point start for this Match – click HERE to see the latest odds.

Average score: Reds 22 Chiefs 27

Last five results
2015-06-06 Queensland Reds 3 – 24 Chiefs
2016-07-08 Queensland Reds 5 – 50 Chiefs
2017-05-06 Chiefs 46 – 17 Queensland Reds
2018-04-21 Queensland Reds 12 – 36 Chiefs
2019-05-24 Chiefs 19 – 13 Queensland Reds

Reds overall record against the Chiefs
Played 23, won 10, lost 13, drawn 0

Match Officials and details
Match : Reds v Chiefs
Date : Saturday 29 May
Venue : QLD Country Bank Stadium, Townsville
Kick Off local: 19:45
Referee: Nic Berry
Assistant Ref 1:Reuben Keane
Assistant Ref 2:Brett Cronan
TMO : Ian Smith

Teams

Reds

Feao Fotuaika, Brandon Paenga-Amosa, Taniela Tupou, Ryan Smith, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Angus Scott-Young, Liam Wright (co-c), Harry Wilson, Tate McDermott, James O’Connor, Filipo Daugunu, Isaac Henry, Hunter Paisami, Suliasi Vunvalu, Bryce Hegarty

Replacements: Josh Nasser, Dane Zander, Zane Nonggorr, Seru Uru, Fraser McReight, Kalani Thomas, Hamish Stewart, Ilaisa Droasese

Chiefs

Aidan Ross, Bradley Slater, Angus Ta’avao, Mitchell Brown, Tupou Vaa’i, Pita Gus Sowakula, Lachlan Boshier, Luke Jacobson, Brad Weber, Damian McKenzie, Chase Tiatia, Alex Nankivell, Anton Lienert-Brown, Bailyn Sullivan, Kaleb Trask

Replacements: Saminsoni Taukei’aho, Reuben O’Neill, Sione Mafileo, Zane Kapeli, Liam Messam, Xavier Roe, Quinn Tupaea, Shaun Stevenson


Highlanders v Melbourne Rebels Super Rugby Trans Tasman Preview

The Highlanders have played the Rebels 9 times in Super rugby since 2011 and the Highlanders have won 6 matches, lost 3 times and drawn none.

The Highlanders 6 wins out of 9 matches gives them a record of winning 67% of their matches against the Rebels regardless of venue.

The average score when the Highlanders play the Rebels is : Highlanders 35 Rebels 23.

This weekend the match will be played at home for the Highlanders and they have had home advantage in 5 of the 9 matches.

In those 5 Highlanders home matches they have won 4 matches and lost 1.

The average score when the Highlanders play the Rebels at home is : Highlanders 38 Rebels 24.

The Rebels won two meetings between these teams but the Highlanders have won three of the last five.

The Bookies have given the Rebels a 22 point start for this Match – click HERE to see the latest odds.

Average score: Highlanders 35 Rebels 23

Last five results
2016-03-26 Rebels 3 – 27 Highlanders
2017-03-31 Highlanders 51 – 12 Rebels
2018-07-14 Highlanders 43 – 37 Rebels
2019-03-01 Rebels 24 – 19 Highlanders
2020-02-28 Highlanders 22 – 28 Rebels

Highlanders overall record against the Melbourne Rebels
Played 9, won 6, lost 3, drawn 0

Match Officials and details
Match : Highlanders v Melbourne Rebels
Date : Sunday 30 May
Venue : Leichhardt Oval
Kick Off local: 15.00 AEST
Referee: Paul Williams
Assistant Ref 1:Brendon Pickerill
Assistant Ref 2:James Doleman
TMO :Mike Fraser

Teams

Highlanders

Ethan De Groot, Liam Coltman, Siate Tokolahi, Pari Pari Parkinson, Josh Dickson, Shannon Frizell, James Lentjes, Hugh Renton, Aaron Smith (co-c), Mitch Hunt, Jona Nareki, Scott Gregory, Michael Collins, Sio Tomkinson, Josh Ioane

Replacements: Ash Dixon (co-c), Ayden Johnstone, Jeff Thwaites, Manaaki Selby-Rickit, Kazuki Himeno, Kayne Hammington, Ngatungane Punivai, Billy Harmon

Melbourne Rebels

Cameron Orr, Jordan Uelese, Cabous Eloff, Ross Haylett-Petty, Trevor Hosea, Rob Leota, Michael Wells, Isi Naisarani, Joe Powell, Carter Gordon, Marika Koroibete, Matt To’ouma (c), Campbell Magnay, Lachie Anderson, George Worth

Replacements: James Hanson, Matt Gibbon, Lucio Sordoni, Steve Cummins, Richard Hardwick, Frank Lomani, Stacey Ili, Andrew Kellaway


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