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The Chiefs return to action after sitting out Round 12. They have a record of nine wins and one defeat with that sole loss coming away to the Stormers (34-26) in Cape Town in Round 7. In many respects they have conceded home advantage with the game being staged in Suva although in Round 15 last season their clash with the Saders was staged here and the Chiefs won it 23-13. This will be the fourth New Zealand derby of the season for the Chiefs who beat the Highlanders 24-15 in Dunedin in Round 1, the Blues 41-26 in Hamilton in Round 2 and the Hurricanes 26-18 in Hamilton in Round 3.
The Crusaders winning streak this season now stands at 11 games and they are four points better off than the Lions in the overall standings whilst in New Zealand they are eight clear of the Chiefs and 12 better off than the Canes although they have played one game more than those two sides. They came through a very significant test at home to the Hurricanes last week with a 20-12 win in Christchurch. In two earlier New Zealand derby matches the Crusaders had to dig deep on to come from behind to see off the Highlanders (30-27) in Dunedin in Round 2 and the Blues were beaten (33-24) in Christchurch in Round 4.
The most recent clash between these teams was in Suva last year in a game played in poor weather conditions. The Chiefs won 23-13 thanks to first-half tries from James Lowe and Brad Weber. Jone Macilai hit back just before the break to reduce the margin to 17-10, but the men from Hamilton held on and a late penalty from Damian McKenzie even denied the Crusaders a losing bonus point.
The Chiefs went into a bye week on the back of a four-match winning run having beaten the Cheetahs, Sunwolves, Force and Reds. They have won nine out of their ten matches so far this season and also have the best defence in the competition, having leaked just 190 points.
The Crusaders, who have played one game more than the Chiefs, are flying with 11 victories out of 11, their most recent coming against the Hurricanes. They average six tries per game but last week showed their defence is also solid as they shut down the ‘Canes in a fine effort.
The Crusaders appear a different proposition under Robertson and should end their drought against the Chiefs. Crusaders by 5.
Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Tim Nanai-Williams, 13 Sam McNicol, 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden (cc), 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Michael Leitch, 7 Sam Cane (cc), 6 Mitchell Brown, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Kane Hames.
Replacements: 16 Hika Elliot, 17 Siegfried Fisi’ihoi, 18 Atu Moli, 19 Taleni Seu, 20 Liam Messam, 21 Jonathan Taumateine, 22 Stephen Donald, 23 Shaun Stevenson.
Crusaders: 15 David Havili, 14 Seta Tamanivalu, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Jordan Taufua, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Pete Samu, 5 Sam Whitelock (c), 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody.
Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Michael Alaalatoa, 19 Quinten Strange, 20 Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 Manasa Mataele.