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Super Rugby 2012 – Crusaders (19) v Chiefs (24) F/T


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 9 Mar 2012 at 07:35
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We start off this weekend’s action with what should be a great derby in Napier, New Zealand.

The Crusaders host the Chiefs in what is bound to be a pretty hardfought derby, even if John Plumtree doesn’t think so. :wink:

Both teams are on a 50% success rate after two games. The Chiefs somewhat amazingly pulled off a great win against all the odds in round 2 after being all but decimated with injuries in round 1. The Crusaders are notoriously slow starters to the competition so their current success rate should not be a major concern.

I do however believe that the Chiefs will escape with a narrow victory today.

Crusaders: 15 Sean Maitland, 14 Israel Dagg, 13 Robbie Fruean, 12 Adam Whitelock, 11 Zac Guildford, 10 Tyler Bleyendaal, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Matt Todd, 6 George Whitelock, 5 Tom Donnelly, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Ben Franks.
Replacements: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Sam Whitelock, 19 Luke Whitelock, 20 Willi Heinz, 21 Tom Taylor, 22 Tom Marshall.

Chiefs: 15 Robbie Robinson, 14 Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 13 Richard Kahui, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Tim Nanai-Williams, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Kane Thompson, 7 Tanerau Latimer, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Craig Clarke, 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2 Mahonri Schwalger, 1 Arizona Taumalolo.
Replacements: 16 Hika Elliot, 17 Shane Cleaver, 18 Mike Fitzgerald, 19 Sam Cane, 20 Augustine Pulu, 21 Andrew Horrell, 22 Jackson Willison.

Referee: Garratt Williamson (NZ)
ARs: Mike Fraser (NZ), Nick Briant (NZ)
TMO: Richard Kelly (NZ)



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