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The 2019 Super Rugby season continues as the Bulls look to force an unlikely upset over the ladder-leading Crusaders. Join The Roar for live scores of the fixture from 3:10am (AEST).
The Crusaders enter a two-week tour of South Africa as favourites to take out yet another Super Rugby title come the end of the finals, but also off just their second game which hasn’t resulted in a victory this season.
Their record of eight wins, a loss and a draw is staggering, all things considered, including the tight season and resting of All Blacks ahead of the World Cup in September, but their draw at the hands of the Sharks on home soil last weekend came as a major surprise.
Held to just 21 points, their defence wasn’t up to task of holding the Sharks at bay, like it has been against most other clubs this season.
Still, that result could be expected to be a blip on the radar for the juggernaut of a club, who have a for and against of 147 from their 12 games, which probably tells you everything you need to know about exactly how good they have been in 2019.
They will look to play the same style they do in breaking down every other side, dominating possession, dominating the battle in the middle third of the field, and using their weapons all over the park to rack up a score.
What the Bulls lack in attacking weapons ahead of this clash, they make up for in a will to defend their goal line.
They sit at the top of the South African conference coming into this one, and if they can poach some points here, would take a huge step to wrapping up the top spot and a guaranteed home final.
With every game in the tight South African conference proving crucial though, the Bulls will be nervous about facing a team like the Crusaders.
If they can match it in the forwards, then they probably stand a chance of hanging around, while they also get the Crusaders in their first week on the road, which is an advantage.
Their inconsistency, which includes losses to the Stormers and Jaguares at home in the last month stops them coming in as anything resembling favourites though.
While the Bulls hold home ground advantage, and as with every team in the South African conference, will be desperate, it’s hard to see them getting the better of the New Zealand side, who will look to get things sorted again as they roll towards the finals after that shock draw last week.
Crusaders by 12.
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