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Friday 1st July 07:35 GMT


After a break for the Summer internationals, Super Rugby returns on Friday, with a New Zealand derby between the Chiefs and the Crusaders. The game is being played at the ANZ National Stadium in Suva, Fiji. The Chiefs record of nine wins from their 12 fixtures is good enough to place them second in the New Zealand Conference, three points behind their visitors as the tournament goes into its last three weeks of regular season fixtures. While they are hot on the heels of the seven times Champions, they are also only just ahead of the Hurricanes and the Highlanders, who they lead by two and four points respectively.

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The Chiefs won eight of their first nine fixtures, including a 27-21 success against the Crusaders in Christchurch back in Round 1, but suffered two defeats in the last three games they played before the break, at home to the Highlanders and away to the Waratahs. The Crusaders top the overall table, and their 10 wins so far, is more than any other side in the tournament. The two defeats that they have suffered, have both come to New Zealand sides. The reverse against the Chiefs in Round 1 and also a 26-34 loss to the reigning Champions, the Highlanders, in Dunedin in Round 12.

Posted: 28th February 2015


Hamilton hosts a potentially explosive clash of two of the heavyweights of Super Rugby, when the Chiefs, Champions in 2012 and 2013, host the seven times Super Rugby Champions the Crusaders. The Chiefs having lost their title in the qualifier last year against the Brumbies, are one of only three sides that has two victories to their name after two rounds of competition in 2015. A hard fought win in Albany against the Blues by 23-18 was followed up by a home win in New Plymouth against the Brumbies by 19-17. On Saturday they return to their more regular home in Hamilton, where they won five out of six games in Super Rugby 2014. Their only defeat at the Waikato Stadium being against the Crusaders who sneaked home by 18-17, although the home side scored the game's only try.

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Last season's runners-up The Crusaders, opened 2015 with a shock home loss to the Melbourne based Rebels 10-20, but got back to winning ways in Dunedin last weekend with a 26-20 win against the Highlanders. The Crusaders win in Hamilton last season, ended a run of three successive victories at the venue for the Chiefs, including two semi-finals in 2012 and 2013.

Posted: 19th April 2014


Defending Super Rugby champions the Chiefs, who head the New Zealand Conference, play host in Waikato Stadium, Hamilton this Saturday to the third placed Kiwi side, the Crusaders. The Chiefs have held the upper hand in recent clashes between the sides, having won four of the last five contests, including a narrow 10-8 success in round two of this season's tournament, in Christchurch. It was quite a surprise that the Chiefs went through their tour to South Africa without recording a victory, although by the same token, they were also unbeaten.

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The Crusaders also managed an unbeaten trip to the Republic, but recorded wins in their two matches, as against the Chiefs two draws. The Christchurch based outfit has now won three of their last four Super Rugby outings, as against Saturday's opponent’s record of just one win from their last four games. The visitors have made three changes to the side that beat the Cheetahs last week. Jordan Taufua makes a first start of the season at No.6, with Tom Taylor also moving from the bench to start at centre this week. Owen Franks and Nepo Laulala swop places, with Franks in the starting XV, and Laulala on the bench. The Chiefs stick to their rotation policy, and make six changes to their team from the last game.

Posted: 27th July 2013

The Crusaders will look to avenge last season’s semifinal loss when they take on the Chiefs in Hamilton this weekend. Watch Chiefs v Crusaders live on your computer by joining today. The two teams met in the semis last year in Hamilton, with the Chiefs beating the Cantabrians and eventually clinching their maiden Super Rugby crown by beating the Sharks at home. If they do beat the Saders this weekend, the Chiefs will be odds on favourites for their second straight title, with either of the Bulls of the Brumbies having to make a long trip eastward for the final. The Crusaders were clinical in their 38-9 demolition of Ewen McKenzie’s Reds in their playoff quarterfinal in Christchurch. The Saders forwards bullied the Queenslanders into submission and their backs- Israel Dagg and Ryan Crotty in particular, were in sublime form.

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The Chiefs topped the log this year in Super Rugby but the Saders have been in better form and thrashed the men from Waikato 43-15 earlier this month. However the Chiefs were without the influential Liam Messam that day, and the All Black flanker makes a huge difference to their pack when on the park. Will the Chiefs book a home final? See Chiefs v Crusaders live online and find out.

Posted: 24th May 2013

The pick of this weekend’s Super Rugby games sees defending champions the Chiefs take on the Crusaders in Hamilton. Watch this crunch clash between the Chiefs and the Crusaders live on your pc by joining today. The Chiefs maintained their position at the top of the New Zealand conference with a hard fought win over the Hurricanes last week. Flanker Tanerau Latimer’s try was the difference between the two sides, with the Chiefs prevailing 17-12 over the men from Wellington. The Crusaders showed signs of getting back to their best as they demolished provincial rivals Auckland 23-3 in Christchurch last weekend. The Blues had more of the ball and possession in the first half, but the Saders absorbed the pressure and then scored the first try of the game when Ryan Crotty charged down Chris Noakes’ kick. Owen Franks scored from a maul after the break for the Saders, with Tom Taylor converting five of his six attempts on goal for the rest of the points. Matt Todd and Dan Carter were huge figures in defence, with s and Luke Romano also making a nuisance of them at lineout time.

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The Crusaders will be looking to avenge last season’s semifinal loss to the Chiefs at the same venue. Will they be able to pick up four points in Hamilton? Sign up today and see Chiefs v Crusaders online and find out.

Posted: 6th July 2012

This week in Super Rugby, on Friday, July 27th, the Chiefs and the Crusaders go head to head in Hamilton with game time at 19:35 local and 07:35 GMT. The Chiefs are the second placed team on the standings chart right now, right between the Stormers in first, with 66 points and the Reds in third with 58. The Chiefs themselves have 64 points and they have been able to take home twelve wins so far this season, out of the sixteen games that they have played. They end up with four losses this season and no draws so far.

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As for the Crusaders, they are the first Wild Card team in the standings, taking the fourth spot with eleven wins and five losses out of sixteen. They have 61 points and are followed by the Bulls and the Sharks.

Posted: 27th July 2012

On Friday, the 6th of July, the Super Rugby Championship continues with a match between the Chiefs and the Crusaders in Hamilton at 19:35 local time and 07:35 GMT. The Chiefs are the top team in the Super Rugby Standings at the moment, with fourteen games played this season so far. Out of those fourteen, they have been able to take home twelve as proud wins, losing two games and not earning any draws. They have a total of 62 points, with six of them bonus points at the moment. The Stormers are second and the Brumbies are third.

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The Bulls are the team right above the Crusaders in the three Wild Card teams. They have 54 points at the moment while the Crusaders are 52. The Crusaders have won nine of the fourteen games that they played, and have lost five with no draws.

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Posted: 1st July 2016

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