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The Super14 picks up again on Friday and here we have a quick look at the matches coming up on Friday in Round ten of the 2008 Super 14 starting with the big one the Chiefs vs the Crusaders.

 

 

 

CHIEFS V CRUSADERS

This is the big one for the Chiefs. They are coming off the bye and they face the tournament leaders the Crusaders. Luckily the Chiefs are at home – and there are still tickets available.


The Chiefs came from almost nowhere four weeks ago to be one of the top form teams. They have scored 18 tries in their last three matches and earned maximum points.


The Crusaders are well known to be the team to beat in the Super 14 so this looks to be the match of the weekend. A second string Crusaders team put the Lions away last week so some of the Crusaders too will effectively be coming off the bye.


Caleb Ralph could break Doug Howlett’s Super Rugby try-scoring record if he scores. The Crusaders will be without Dan Carter but his replacement Stephen Brett would be welcome in almost any other Super rugby team.


You can’t write off the Chiefs here and they will definitely make the Crusaders work for this one. We are predicting the a Crusaders win – simply because they are Crusaders.


Crusaders by 8


Friday April 18
Venue: Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Touch judges: Steve Walsh (New Zealand), Brent Murray (New Zealand)
Television match official: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)
Assessor: Kim Eichmann (New Zealand)
Head-to-Head: Played 12, Crusaders 9, Chiefs 3
In Hamilton: Played 5, Crusaders 5, Chiefs 0
Last season: Round 14, May 4 2007: Chiefs 30-24 Crusaders at Jade Stadium, Christchurch


Teams


Chiefs:
Mils Muliaina (captain), Lelia Masaga, Richard Kahui, Callum Bruce, Sitiveni Sivivatu, Stephen Donald, Brendon Leonard, Sione Lauaki, Tanerau Latimer, Liam Messam, Kevin O’Neill, Toby Lynn, Ben Castle, Tom Willis, Simms Davison.

Reserves:
Aled de Malmanche, Ben May, Jay Williams, Faifili Levave, Jamie Nutbrown, Dwayne Sweeney, Sosene Anesi.

Crusaders:
Scott Hamilton, Sean Maitland, Casey Laulala, Tim Bateman, Caleb Ralph, Stephen Brett, Andrew Ellis, Mose Tuiali’i, Richie McCaw (captain), Kieran Read, Ali Williams, Brad Thorn, Greg Somerville, Corey Flynn, Ben Franks.

Reserves:
Ti’i Paulo, Wyatt Crockett, Ross Filipo, Nasi Manu, Kahn Fotuali’i, Hamish Gard, Kade Poki.


REDS V FORCE


The Force lost the services of Matt Giteau who pretty much knocked himself out on Sam Norton-Knight’s leg in a tackle while the Reds are still without Chris Latham – both of these players are match winners.


The Force are the better team but they will be more desperate for a win as they need to break back into the top four in order to stay in the hunt for a semi final place.


The Reds are back at home which is where they found their form (against the Bulls). The Reds vs the Force is always something of a grudge match as the Force took most of the Reds best players – including captain Nathan Sharpe.


Phil Mooney did well to put a stop to the Reds sinking ship but it will probably not be enough to stop the Force who will be determined to get their campaign back on track after stumbling yet again at home. Don’t forget that the Force usually play better away from home than at home.


Force by 10


Friday April 18
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Referee: Stuart Dickinson (Australia)
Touch judges: Julian Pritchard (Australia), Simon Moore (Australia)
Television match official: George Ayoub (Australia)
Assessor: Wayne Erickson (Australia)
Head-to-Head: Played 2, Reds 1, Force 1
In Brisbane: Played 1, Reds 1, Force 0
Last season: Round 7, March 16 2007: Force 38-3 Reds at Subiaco Oval, Perth


Teams


Reds


Clinton Schifcofske, Brando Va’aulu, Morgan Turinui, Berrick Barnes, Peter Hynes, Quade Cooper, Ben Lucas, Leroy Houston, David Croft, John Roe, James Horwill (c), Van Humphries, Dayna Edwards, Stephen Moore, Ben Coutts.


Reserves: Sean Hardman, Rodney Blake, Ed O’Donoghue, Poutasi Luafutu, Will Genia, Andrew Walker, Charlie Fetoai.


Force


1. Pek Cowan,2. Tai McIsaac,. Troy Takiari,4. Tom Hockings,5. Nathan Sharpe (c),6. Scott Fava,7. David Pocock,8. Richard Brown,9. Chris O’Young,10. Lachlan MacKay,11. Drew Mitchell,12. Scott Staniforth (vc),13. Ryan Cross,14. Haig Sare,15. Cameron Shepherd


Reserves: 16. Luke Holmes,17. AJ Whalley,18. Sam Wykes,19. Tamaiti Horua,20. James Stannard,21. James O’Connor,22. Nick Cummins.

 

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