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    Chiefs vs Crusaders

    Super Rugby, 19 May, 2017

    ANZ National Stadium, Suva
    Fulltime - Chiefs 24, Crusaders 31
    Chiefs   Crusaders
    24 FINAL SCORE 31
    4 TRIES 3
    0 DROP GOALS 0
    Referee: Michael Fraser
    Touch judges: Brendon Pickerill & Paul Williams
    TMO: Shane McDermot

    It’s only 15 days until the British and Irish Lions play their first match in New Zealand. Several leading All Blacks are injured presenting fringe contenders with a chance to push for a test place. Who will stand out in this top of the table clash in Suva?

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    The Crusaders preserved their faultless record in 2017 with a dominant forward display against the Hurricanes last week. However the competition leaders have struggled in recent times against the Chiefs dropping six of their last eight games.

    There are a number of individual clashes which will not only settle the outcome of this contest, but potentially resolve a few questions for the All Black selectors, too.

    Chiefs tighthead Nepo Laulala is marking Crusaders loosehead Joe Moody. Moody is almost certain to be in the All Blacks, but Laulala has been knocking on the door for a more regular place and a strong showing here will enhance those prospects.

    Dominic Bird has had a dynamic season and could usurp Luke Romano as the preferred third choice lock with another bustling effort. The Crusaders destroyed the Hurricanes in the lineouts last week so the Chiefs will have to be accurate in that department.

    Matt Todd plays his 101st Super Rugby match and opposed to Sam Cane will be looking to repeat the form which saw him outmuscle Ardie Savea. Cane is the next captain in line to Kieran Read, but is he the best openside in New Zealand?

    With Read and Liam Squire down, Crusaders No.8 Jordan Taufua has become an All Black possibility. Can Taufua step up in this game.

    In the backs, Damien McKenzie scored a cracking try in the corresponding fixture last year and will need to continue those high standards to keep Jordie Barrett’s challenge at bay.

    Jack Goodhue is an underrated centre and Seta Tamanivalu is thriving on the wing and will be determined to excel in front of his home fans

    The Crusaders last win against the Chiefs was 18-17 in Hamilton in 2014.

    The Crusaders are approaching their own record for most consecutive Super Rugby wins which is 15 set in 2002-03.

    Hopefully this is more exciting than last Saturday. It has all the ingredients for a blockbuster!

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    • Roar Guru

      Machpants said | 7:38pm | ! Report

      Cracking game, Crusaders are the real deal.

      I hope Crotty (and the rest, too) is OK, the injury list is getting ridiculous!

    • 7:38pm
      davSA said | 7:38pm | ! Report

      I think the Crusaders have just taken a big step to the title.

      • 7:47pm
        Bruce Peters said | 7:47pm | ! Report

        Yeap agree… The Crusaders have the goods.. I have been waiting for them to fall over… but they don’t. Is there a bigger challenge than the cheifs…????

        • 7:50pm
          Rugby Tragic said | 7:50pm | ! Report

          They might have been a bigger challenge in Hamilton but can take nothing away from the Crusaders … a very good unit …

          • 7:54pm
            Bruce Peters said | 7:54pm | ! Report

            Yeah possibly. Cheifs a great side. Much respect.

            • 10:20pm
              Rugby Tragic said | 10:20pm | ! Report

              The Crusaders still need to play the Highlanders at home. … won’t be easy then a couple of ‘easier games’ then need to face the Hurricanes again away in the last of the prelims … I think Canes will be tougher to beat at the Cake Tin.

              If they can go through to the playoffs unbeaten, they will have earned the right to play the decider at home … An outstanding effort for 1st year Crusaders coach Scott Robertson.

              • 11:47pm
                Jibba Jabba said | 11:47pm | ! Report

                Highlanders here in Perth tomorrow night – apparently forecast is for rain – and lots of it…. probably suit the Force more with their style than the ‘landers style.

              • Roar Guru

                Kia Kaha said | 12:07am | ! Report

                They have the Rebels next away. I’m glad it’s not the Highlanders. These NZ derbies are punishing and there’ll be a few, no doubt, not playing in Melbourne due to concussion concerns.

                They still have to beat the Rebels of course but the home game is a huge one against the Highlanders. The Canes away match is after the Lions so both teams will be at an equal disadvantage in terms of continuity.

                The way the schedule is, it’s a first final rather than a preliminary match.

        • 9:35pm
          davSA said | 9:35pm | ! Report

          Playing the Lions in JHB will also be a huge challenge but right now its looking like they wont have to do that.

      • Roar Rookie

        Kirky said | 11:20pm | ! Report

        davSA, How do you think a Crusader/Lions play off would pan out mate?

        Got a lot of time for the Lions as of last Season, but I just have an inkling having watched them a few times that, they are not quite the team of last year, and the Crusaders are right on top of their game! Whaddya’ reckon dav!

    • Roar Guru

      Kia Kaha said | 7:34pm | ! Report

      I feel for Lima Sopoaga. Has had a couple of good games for the ABs, gets injured this season with the Highlanders, and now has more than Cruden to contend with in the reserve 10 spot. Mo’unga looked composed in a game of real intensity and made that telling break. These are things that catch the selectors’ eyes.

      • Roar Guru

        Fionn said | 7:37pm | ! Report

        His time will come once Cruden departs New Zealand’s shores next year (or probably EOYT).

        Cruden is the second best 10 in the world, and would start for any team but New Zealand. It is just irritating that there are 4-5 10s in New Zealand superior to the top Aussie one (whether it is Foley or Cooper).

        • Roar Rookie

          Kirky said | 11:29pm | ! Report

          Fionn’ mate I personally would never have Cooper on the end of my nose as a wart, let alone in a Wallaby team, he’s a useless liability and I fail to see how the people who keep on selecting him can see anything positive about his game!

          Everybody rubbishes Foley but by jeezuz’ he’s got the Aussies out of more than a few scrapes, and on his own ~ Wales/Aussie in the last W/Cup he scored all the points and he needed to as the Aussie’s were very lucky to win that game as the Boyos’ played the rugby, but couldn’t win the match, it was just another one the Aussies’ got away with! ~ Too many top players injured for the Welsh!

          • Roar Guru

            Fionn said | 12:35am | ! Report

            I don’t think we will see eye to eye on Foley, Kirky 😛

        • 11:57pm
          Jock Cornet said | 11:57pm | ! Report

          No NZ , sa or European nation would touch qc . What has qc done for qld. Exactly sfa.

          • Roar Guru

            Fionn said | 12:27am | ! Report

            Well he won them a SR title, so the same as Foley, and now the Reds are above the Waratahs on the ladder? He’s started in two wins against the All Blacks, and has a much higher win % when starting for the Wallabies than Foley, so I guess you could say he’s accomplished more than Foley, Jock.

            But don’t let facts and statistics get in the way of your nonsense, champ.

          • Roar Guru

            Fionn said | 12:42am | ! Report

            I honestly love most of your posts on this site, Jock. Often you say what needs to be said, but which no one else is able to say. However, your vitriol against Cooper is a littler tiresome.

      • Roar Guru

        Machpants said | 7:37pm | ! Report

        Yeah he was good.

    • Roar Guru

      Kia Kaha said | 7:27pm | ! Report

      I think other franchises might start looking at these games in the Pacific Islands. Bad news for the feeder regions but what a crowd that came out tonight and what an atmosphere they put on. And they were duly rewarded with a nail biting finish.

      The Chiefs looked a little stunned in that second half and failure to tick the scoreboard over left their run a little late. Lots of errors from both sides and though heartbreaking a draw would’ve been a fair result. It’s a shame but those errors at those final lineups shine out more than the others before them. But that’s how it works. Cruel but people will be pointing the finger at Elliot and Cruden.

    • 7:26pm
      Bruce Peters said | 7:26pm | ! Report

      Crusaders invincible. Wow…. Fantastic…. Cheifs suppurb. Commiseration OB…

    • 7:24pm
      Old Bugger said | 7:24pm | ! Report

      Bugger…..and I was worried about Harris.

      Congrats KK, Marius, RnB – your boys played some solid and can I say, structured footy.

      I think we’ve just seen who’s gonna be challenging for the AB 10 jersey in the future. Well played Mounga.

      • Roar Guru

        Marius Ciliers said | 7:27pm | ! Report

        Thanks OB.
        Man the Chiefs played good rugby
        Plenty of calls that could have gone either way.
        Dont discount the Chiefs.
        They are dangerous.

      • Roar Guru

        Kia Kaha said | 7:30pm | ! Report

        Thanks OB.

        That was the opposite to what I was expecting. I thought the Chiefs would take a while to get into the game. Their freshness was going to count in the second half. The Crusaders did seem out on their feet but they had the benefit of a points buffer so three points wasn’t going to do it.

        Goes to show nothing can rejuvenate sore bodies more than points on the board. The Chiefs were undone by two bits of individual brilliance and they timed their comeback a little late.

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