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Crusaders vs Sharks: Super Rugby quarter-finals live scores, blog

21st July, 2018

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Crusaders vs Sharks

Super Rugby, 21 July, 2018

AMI Stadium
Fulltime - Crusaders 40, Sharks 10
Crusaders   Sharks
40 FINAL SCORE 10
5 TRIES 1
3 CONVERSION KICKS 1
3 PENALTY GOALS 1
0 DROP GOALS 0
 
 
Referee: Michael Fraser
Touch judges: Ben O'Keeffe & Brendon Pickerill
TMO: Shane McDermot
Where: AMI Stadium, Christchurch
When: 5:35pm (AEST)
TV: Live, Fox Sports
Betting: Crusaders $1.07, Sharks $8.50

Crusaders
15 David Havili
14 Seta Tamanivalu
13 Jack Goodhue
12 Ryan Crotty
11 George Bridge
10 Richie Mo’unga
9 Bryn Hall
8 Kieran Read
7 Matt Todd
6 Jordan Taufua
5 Samuel Whitelock (c)
4 Scott Barrett
3 Owen Franks
2 Codie Taylor
1 Tim Perry

16 Andrew Makalio
17 Wyatt Crockett
18 Michael Alaalatoa
19 Luke Romano
20 Pete Samu
21 Mitchell Drummond
22 Mitchell Hunt
23 Manasa Mataele

Sharks
15 Curwin Bosch
14 Kobus van Wyk
13 Lukhanyo Am
12 Andre Esterhuizen
11 Lwazi Mvovo
10 Robert du Preez
9 Louis Schreuder
8 Daniel du Preez
7 Jacques Vermeulen
6 Philip van der Walt
5 Ruan Botha (c)
4 Tyler Paul
3 Thomas du Toit
2 Akker van der Merwe
1 Tendai Mtawarira

16 Chiliboy Ralepelle
17 Juan Schoeman
18 John-Hubert Meyer
19 Hyron Andrews
20 Wian Vosloo
21 Cameron Wright
22 Marius Louw
23 Makazole Mapimpi
Bryn Hall of the Crusaders celebrates with team mate Jack Goodhue. (Photo by Martin Hunter/Getty Images)
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The Crusaders go head to-head with the Sharks in Christchurch as the Super Rugby quarter-finals continue. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match from 5:35pm (AEST).

If this was a boxing match, it arguably wouldn’t be allowed to take place, as the two teams are in very different divisions.

In one corner, the reigning champions from Christchurch have home advantage, are on a winning streak of 12 matches, have not lost at home to a non-Kiwi team since Round 1, 2015, have a positive points difference of 247 this season – compared to the Sharks’ negative five – and no South African team has ever won a finals match in New Zealand.

Meanwhile, in the other corner, the Sharks scraped into the finals thanks to points difference.

However, as with all the best underdog stories, there is a glimmer of hope. The team from Durban might have only won seven games this season, but three of those were against the Blues, Highlanders and Chiefs. So they’ve defeated Kiwi opposition and two of those three sides have finished higher up the ladder than the Sharks themselves.

They have some giant-killing experience for sure and have some gun playerss, including Robert du Preez, who is currently the leading points scorer in the competition, and fullback Curwin Bosch, who has racked up over 950 metres with the ball so far this season.

But it’s in the pack where the away team need to stack up, so look for big performances from the whole tight five.

Prediction
The Sharks will give it everything and in knock-out rugby anything can happen. However, it’s the Crusaders, at home, against a side that have lost more games then they’ve won this year.

Crusaders to win by 18 points.

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