Round 7 Preview: Hurricanes v Crusaders (2021)

PREVIEW v4

Match Details: Sunday 11 April, 3:35pm, Sky Stadium Wellington

 

Referee: Paul Williams

 

Played: 41

 

Won: Hurricanes 13, Crusaders 25, 3 draws

 

Last match: Crusaders 33 Hurricanes 16 in Christchurch on 7 March 2021

 

Watch: Sky Sport 1 in New Zealand & overseas broadcast information HERE.

 

TICKETS (Kids are free with a paying adult)

 

100 UP FOR MOODY

All Blacks and Crusaders prop Joe Moody will become the latest Super Rugby centurion on Sunday, named to start in his milestone match. Moody made his Crusaders debut in 2013, selected in the All Blacks squad in that same year. The 32 year-old has become a Crusaders stalwart and he’ll be playing for an extra special cause this weekend, auctioning off his 100-game jersey to raise important funds for the Prostate Cancer Foundation after losing his father to the illness last year. See HERE for the jersey auction. 

 

 

TAKIWHITU TŪTURU

It will be an awesome occasion at Sky Stadium on Sunday afternoon, with the country’s best Sevens players on display before and after the Hurricanes-Crusaders match. The All Blacks Sevens and Black Ferns Sevens are taking part in Takiwhitu Tūturu, a tournament taking place in Wellington this weekend. See details for the tournament HERE. It’s also Club Day at Sky Stadium, where the Hurricanes will pay tribute to clubs throughout the country.

 

COLES v TAYLOR

What a season Codie Taylor has had for the Crusaders. He’s been hugely influential, currently topping the try scoring charts with five through five games. He’s got a 94% tackle success rate and he’s often been seen busting up the midfield like a back. His fellow All Blacks teammate and opponent on Sunday afternoon has made an impact on his team since returning from injury. A calf strain kept Dane Coles on the sidelines for the opening weeks of the competition, and although he’s had limited minutes, the veteran hooker has led his team by example. It’s always a good battle when these two go head to head.

 

STATCHAT (Opta)

The Crusaders have won seven of their last eight Super Rugby games against the Hurricanes and they are also looking to avoid back-to-back Super Rugby defeats for the first time since March 2018 after succumbing to a 33-12 defeat to the Highlanders last weekend.

 

Teams

Hurricanes: 1. Xavier Numia 2. Dane Coles 3. Tyrel Lomax 4. James Blackwell 5. Isaia Walker-Leawere 6. Reed Prinsep 7. Ardie Savea © 8. Devan Flanders 9. Luke Campbell 10. Ruben Love 11. Wes Goosen 12. Ngani Laumape 13. Peter Umaga-Jensen 14. Julian Savea 15. Jordie Barrett

Reserves: 16. Asafo Aumua 17. Tevita Mafileo 18. Alex Fidow 19. Scott Scrafton 20. Vaea Fifita 21. Du’Plessis Kirifi 22. Jonathan Taumateine 23. Billy Proctor

 

Crusaders: 1. Joe Moody 2. Codie Taylor 3. Oliver Jager 4. Scott Barrett © 5. Samuel Whitelock 6. Whetukamokamo Douglas 7. Sione Havili Talitui 8. Cullen Grace 9. Bryn Hall 10. Richie Mo’unga 11. George Bridge 12. David Havili 13. Jack Goodhue 14. Sevu Reece 15. Will Jordan

Reserves: 16. Brodie McAlister 17. George Bower 18. Michael Alaalatoa 19. Mitchell Dunshea 20. Tom Sanders 21. Mitchell Drummond 22. Dallas McLeod 23. Leicester Fainga’anuku

 

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