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Crusaders vs Bulls: Super Rugby live scores

23rd March, 2018


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Crusaders vs Bulls

Super Rugby, 23 March, 2018

AMI Stadium
Fulltime - Crusaders 33, Bulls 14
Crusaders   Bulls
Referee: Federico Anselmi
Touch judges: Nick Briant & Richard Kelly
TMO: Aaron Paterson
Where: AMI Stadium, Christchurch.
When: Friday 16th March – 5:35pm AEDT
Betting Odds: Crusaders $1.05, Bulls $9.50

15 David Havili, 14 Manasa Mataele, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 George Bridge, 10 Mitchell Hunt, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8 Jordan Taufua, 7 Billy Harmon, 6 Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, 5 Sam Whitelock (c), 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Michael Alaalatoa, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Tim Perry

Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Oliver Jager, 19 Quinten Strange, 20 Tom Sanders, 21 Bryn Hall, 22 Brett Cameron, 23 Braydon Ennor

15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Burger Odendaal (c), 11 Divan Rossouw, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Embrose Papier, 8 Tim Agaba, 7 Hanro Liebenberg, 6 Roelof Smit, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Pierre Schoeman

Replacements: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Franz Van Wyk, 19 Hendre Staden, 20 Marco van Staden, 21 Ivan Van Zyl, 22 Manie Libbok, 23 Johnny Kotze
The Crusaders are the best side in Super Rugby. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)
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23rd March, 2018
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The enigmatic, yet frustratingly inconsistent Bulls, continue their Australasian tour when they meet the Crusaders in Christchurch in a bumper Round 6 clash. Join The Roar for live scores from the match 5:35pm AEDT.

Round 6 kicks off with the Bulls, who gave the Chiefs a mighty shake-up before being beaten late, meeting the heavily fancied Crusaders in New Zealand.

The odds reflect not only the history of this fixture, but also the frustrating nature in which John Mitchell’s Bulls outfit haven’t been able to close out games they could, and probably should, win.

Last week against the Chiefs they led by two converted tries at oranges, before changing their entire game plan, and changing their attack-oriented play into defence. In the first half, Kriel, Gelant and Roussouw would look to counter-attack and keep ball in hand, and they scored four impressive five-pointers.

After the break, it was as though they were keen to protect a lead that wasn’t nearly sizeable enough to do so. Kicking the ball back to the Chiefs allowed for counter-attack after counter-attack, and they were run down to lose by 13.

That makes it two straight defeats on this tour, and they’ll be desperate to nab a victory this evening. Embrose Papier returns at scrumhalf, whilst Hanro Liebenberg shifts to the openside of the scrum; Tim Agaba taking his place from last start at number 8. The tight five is unchanged but for Jason Jenkins, who starts in the second row.

For the Crusaders, the big news is the return of Ryan Crotty from a head knock suffered two rounds ago. Mitchell’s Drummond and Hunt continue to mature as a halves combination, whilst Scott Barrett starts in the row with skipper Sam Whitelock.

Where the game will be won
As I said last week, history is a good indicator of the future. The Bulls haven’t won in NZ for five years, and the Crusaders have an immaculate record against their South African counterparts in Christchurch. Crotty’s return for the Crusaders is a huge in, and they should be strong enough

Crusaders by 15


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