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The Crusaders go head-to-head with the Highlanders to wrap up the penultimate round of Super Rugby Aotearoa. Join The Roar for live scores from 1:35pm (AEST).
The Crusaders are just one win away from being crowned the inaugural champions of the Aotearoa competition. Do the job over the Highlanders today and it’ll be their fourth trophy in as many years.
The Highlanders are out of title contention following last week’s loss to the Blues, but will have the support of every rugby fan outside of Christchurch hoping for a defining last round next weekend. A win for the visitors is the only way the season stays alive right to the end.
Unlikely as that is, the men from Dunedin gave the Saders a mighty scare when they met five weeks ago, a late burst by the ladder-leaders blowing the scoreline out beyond a fair reflection of the match.
Of course, this match will be played in Christchurch, and the Crusaders welcome back two key players in Brayden Ennor and prop Joe Moody. Josh Ioane was out injured in the Round 4 clash between these two sides, but he’ll line up at no.10 today, a tough ask going up against the in-form Richie Mo’unga.
Kick-off: 1:35pm (AEST)
Venue: Orangetheory Stadium
TV: Fox Sports
Live stream: Kayo Sports, Foxtel
1. Joe Moody 2. Codie Taylor (c) 3. Michael Alaalatoa 4. Samuel Whitelock 5. Quinten Strange 6. Tom Sanders 7. Tom Christie 8. Whetukamokamo Douglas 9. Bryn Hall 10. Richie Mo’unga 11. George Bridge 12. Jack Goodhue 13. Braydon Ennor 14. Sevu Reece 15. Will Jordan
Bench: 16. Andrew Makalio 17. George Bower 18. Oliver Jager 19. Luke Romano 20. Sione Havili 21. Mitchell Drummond 22. Brett Cameron 23. Leicester Fainga’anuku
1. Ayden Johnstone 2. Ash Dixon (c) 3. Jeff Thwaites 4. Pari Pari Parkinson 5. Jack Whetton 6. Shannon Frizell 7. Dillon Hunt 8. Marino Mikaele-Tu’u 9. Aaron Smith (c) 10. Josh Ioane 11. Jona Nareki 12. Patelesio Tomkinson 13. Michael Collins 14. Josh McKay 15. Mitch Hunt
Bench: 16. Liam Coltman 17. Daniel Lienert-Brown 18. Siate Tokolahi 19. Manaaki Selby-Rickit 20. Jesse Parete 21. Folau Fakatava 22. Ngatungane Punivai 23. Teariki Ben-Nicholas