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Kieran Read, Richie Mo’unga and Seta Tamanivalu all make their return from injury in Christchurch in a timely boost for the in-form team. This trio possess such quality that it is looking more and more likely that the Crusaders are the real deal in this season’s competition.
While Whetu Douglas, Mitch Hunt and George Bridge have done impressive jobs standing in, expect to see the Crusaders lift their game to a new level from this week, with Mo’unga’s X-factor, Read’s skills and the power of Tamanivalu set to pose the Sunwolves plenty of problems.
They do face a visiting team buoyed by a morale-boosting home win over the Bulls, but one feels this could be a tough evening for them.
Nonetheless it will be a memorable game not only for their players but also the franchise as this is the first time they’ve played in New Zealand. It is also the first ever clash between these sides, though the Sunwolves’ only previous encounter with a New Zealand side ended in an 83-17 loss to the Hurricanes. That doesn’t bode well especially with travel taken into account and the Crusaders having fresh legs.
As mentioned, the Crusaders are in excellent form and have won 12 of their last 14 games at home, scoring an average of 37 points per game across that period. But the hosts would be foolish to write off the Sunwolves as an attacking threat as they have scored four tries in two of their last three games away from home after doing so only once in their six Super Rugby away matches before that. They can punish teams.
The Crusaders are also deadly when given a sniff though and with a record of having won their last 14 regular season matches against teams from outside New Zealand, scoring an average of 38 points per game across those triumphs, all the signs point to the red and black machine rolling to victory, setting them up nicely for next week’s cross-Conference clash with fellow pace-setters the Stormers at this same venue.
Crusaders: 15 David Havili, 14 Seta Tamanivalu, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Tim Bateman, 11 Manasa Mataele, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Pete Samu, 5 Sam Whitelock (c), 4 Luke Romano, 3 Michael Alaalatoa, 2 Ben Funnell, 1 Wyatt Crockett
Replacements: 16 Andrew Makalio, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Oliver Jager, 19 Quinten Strange, 20 Whetu Douglas, 21 Leon Fukofuka, 22 Marty McKenzie, 23 George Bridge
Sunwolves: 15 Kotaro Matsushima, 14 Takaaki Nakazuru, 13 Timothy Lafaele, 12 Derek Carpenter, 11 Teruya Goto, 10 Yu Tamura, 9 Fumiaki Tanaka, 8 Rahboni Warren-Vosayaco, 7 Shunsuke Nunomaki, 6 Edward Quirk, 5 Sam Wykes, 4 Liaki Moli, 3 Takuma Asahara, 2 Takeshi Kizu, 1 Keita Inagaki
Replacements: 16 Yusuke Niwai, 17 Koki Yamamoto, 18 Heiichiro Ito, 19 Shinya Makabe, 20 Yuhimaru Mimura, 21 Yuki Yatomi, 22 William Tupou, 23 Jamie-Jerry Taulagi