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The Chiefs are running out of time to break their winless Super Rugby Aotearoa record, but snapping that streak won’t be easy against the Crusaders tonight. Join The Roar for live scores from 5:05pm (AEST).
Normally, the Crusaders going up against a winless side would be a sure thing, but this clash doesn’t seem quite as clear-cut as it should. For one, the Saders are coming off a rare loss – although that might just make the chances of them losing this one, and hence their second match in a row, even slimmer.
The Chiefs also have the benefit of home-ground advantage, and haven’t been playing as badly as their 0-6 record suggests. The pushed the second-placed Blues for the full 80 minutes last week, and in front of a home crowd they may get that little bit extra which you need to test the Crusaders.
There’s also some good news in the form of Angus Ta’avo. The All Blacks prop hasn’t played since January, and his return will be a timely boost for the home side against one of the most dominant packs in world rugby.
Kick-off: 5:05pm (AEST)
Venue: FMG Stadium Waikato
TV: Fox Sports
Live stream: Kayo Sports, Foxtel
1. Reuben O’Neill 2. Bradley Slater 3. Nepo Laulala 4. Tupou Vaa’i 5. Mitchell Brown 6. Lachlan Boshier 7. Sam Cane (c) 8. Pita Gus Sowakula 9. Brad Weber 10. Aaron Cruden 11. Sean Wainui 12. Alex Nankivell 13. Anton Lienert-Brown 14. Shaun Stevenson 15. Damian McKenzie
Reserves: 16. Samisoni Taukei’aho 17. Ollie Norris 18. Angus Ta’avao 19. Naitoa Ah Kuoi 20. Simon Parker 21. Lisati Milo-Harris 22. Kaleb Trask 23. Quinn Tupaea
1. George Bower 2. Codie Taylor (c) 3. Michael Alaalatoa 4. Samuel Whitelock 5. Mitchell Dunshea 6. Sione Havili 7. Tom Christie 8. Tom Sanders 9. Mitchell Drummond 10. Richie Mo’unga 11. George Bridge 12. Jack Goodhue 13. Fetuli Paea 14. Sevu Reece 15. Will Jordan
Reserves: 16. Andrew Makalio 17. Isileli Tu’ungafasi 18. Oliver Jager 19. Quinten Strange 20. Billy Harmon 21. Bryn Hall 22. Brett Cameron 23. Leicester Fainga’anuku