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Out of the last five Super Rugby matches between the Christchurch based Crusaders
and the Perth based Western Force the Crusaders have won two, the Force two
and there was a draw.

The last match between the teams was played in April last year and the Western
Force shocked the seven time champion Crusaders 16-14 in Perth.

Overall the Crusaders have played the Force 8 times since 2006 when the Force
joined Super Rugby through the Super 14.

From those eight Super Rugby matches the Crusaders have won 4 matches, lost
two and drawn two. That gives the Crusaders a record of winning 50% of their
matches against the Force.

It also gives the Crusaders a record of drawing 25% of their matches against
the Force.

The average score when the Crusaders play the Force is : Crusaders 30 Western
Force 21.

This weekend the match will be played in Christchurch which is home for the
Crusaders and the city in which the teams have met three times.

From those three matches the Crusaders have won two matches and drawn one which
gives the Crusaders a record of winning 67% of their home matches against the

The average score when the Crusaders play the Western Force at home is : Crusaders
38 Western Force 16.

This season the Crusaders have played 12 matches and won 8 and lost four matches
giving them a record of winning 67% of their matches. At home in Christchurch
the Crusaders have played five matches and won two and lost three. That gives
the Crusaders a record of winning 40% of their home matches.

The Force have played 12 matches as well and they too have won 8 matches and
lost four matches giving them the same 67% winning record. The Force have played
6 matches away from home and they have won three. That gives the Force a record
of winning 50% of their away matches. They have played one match (the Highlanders)
in New Zealand and won the match 31-29.

In terms of selection the Force have named Patrick Dellit and back-rower Brynard
Stander in their starting XV. Dellit has not start in the ’13’ jersey since
the Western Force’s last encounter against the Crusaders in Christchurch in
the final match of 2012.

The Force bench will also feature two new faces for the match, including local
Perth product Ryan Hodson, who is in line to make his debut for the Western
Force having already played two Super Rugby matches for the Melbourne Rebels
during the 2012 season.

Playmaker Dillyn Leyds, 21, is set to make his first Super Rugby appearance,
having joined the Western Force from South Africa’s Western Province for the
2014 season.

Meanwhile the Crusaders have made one change to the team that beat the Highlanders
last week with Kieran Read returning just in time to get him back up to match
speed for the All Blacks vs England Tests.

The Bookies
have given the Force a 13 point start for this Match
– with an
offer of a FREE $250.00 Bet.
The Crusaders have played better
this season away from home but we can’t forget that they are the 7 time champions
and the Force have a couple of players making their debuts. The
Crusaders should win this by 4.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in
the UK on Sky Sports 2/HD

Average score: Crusaders 30 Western Force 21

Last five results
13 Apr 2013 Crusaders v Force 14-16 Perth
14 Jul 2012 Crusaders v Force 38-24 Christchurch
30 Apr 2011 Crusaders v Force 42-30 Perth
23 Apr 2010 Crusaders v Force 16-24 Perth
14 Mar 2009 Crusaders v Force 23-23 Christchurch

Crusaders overall record against the Force
Played 8 , Wins 4, Losses 2, Draws 2

Match No.95 : Crusaders v Force
Date :Friday 30 May
Venue : AMI Stadium
Kick Off local: 19:35
Referee: Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 1: Mike Lash
Assistant Ref 2: Richard Kelly
TMO: Vinny Munro



1. Tim Perry , 2. Ben Funnell, 3. Nepo Laulala, 4. Dominic Bird, 5. Samuel
Whitelock, 6. Jordan Taufua, 7. Richie McCaw, 8. Kieran Read (C) , 9. Andy Ellis,
10.Colin Slade, 11.Nemani Nadolo, 12.Ryan Crotty (VC), 13.Tom Taylor, 14.Johnny
McNicholl, 15.Israel Dagg

Replacements : 16. Corey Flynn,17. Wyatt Crockett,18. Owen Franks,19. Jimmy
Tupou,20. Luke Whitelock,21. Willi Heinz,22. Adam Whitelock,23. Nafi Tuitavake

Western Force

1. Pek Cowan,2. Nathan Charles,3. Kieran Longbottom,4. Sam Wykes,5. Wilhelm
Steenkamp,6. Brynard Stander,7. Matt Hodgson (c),8. Angus Cottrell,9. Ian Prior,10.
Sias Ebersohn,11. Nick Cummins ,12. Chris Tuatara-Morrison,13. Patrick Dellit,14.
Dane Haylett-Petty,15. Jayden Hayward

Replacements : 16. Heath Tessmann,17. Francois van Wyk ,18. Ollie Hoskins,19.
Adam Coleman ,20. Ryan Hodson,21. Justin Turner,22. Zack Holmes ,23. Dillyn

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