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Saturday 11th April 07:35 GMT

 

A massive New Zealand derby takes place on Saturday, with the seven times Super Rugby Champions, the Crusaders, hosting the Highlanders. The two sides occupy sixth and fifth places respectively in the overall table, which is currently dominated by sides from the New Zealand Conference.

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The Crusaders climbed into the top six last weekend on the back of an astonishing win in South Africa, where they demolished the Sharks by 52-10, crossing the home teams line eight times. Saturday will make a welcome change in opposition for the Crusaders, having faced South African opposition for four successive weeks. They currently trail the Highlanders by just a single point, both teams having four wins to their credit, but they have played a game more.

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The Highlanders have struggled to build any momentum this season, having had two byes already, in just eight rounds of the tournament. However, they have managed to find enough form to sit them in the top six, although they may have been helped somewhat by five of their matches so far, being played at home in Dunedin. When the sides met in Christchurch in Round 2, the home side claimed a narrow 26-20 victory, with both teams managing to score two tries.

Posted: 12th July 2014

 

The final round of regular season fixtures in Super Rugby 2014 sees a massive southern Island derby in Rugby League Park, Christchurch on Saturday, when the Crusaders play host to the Highlanders. The result is vital to both teams, even though the home side is already assured of their place in the post season play-offs. The outcome of the match will help to determine the final placing, the qualifiers and the path through the knockout phase for those teams that secure a place in the top six.

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While the Crusaders are already assured of playing in the play-offs, they need to score at least a bonus point against the Highlanders to clinch the second spot, and proceed directly to a home semi-final. Defeat could see the Highlanders or the Sharks leap frog them into the vital runner up spot. The Crusaders make one change to the XV that beat the Blues last week, with lock Sam Whitelock coming back into the side and Jimmy Tupou is moving to the bench.

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Highlanders have made four changes to their team that lost in Sydney last weekend to the Waratahs. They will be without Captain Ben Smith for the first time since April 2012, having failed to recover from a leg infection that saw him spend three days in hospital.

Posted: 1st June 2012

On Friday, the 1st of June, the Crusaders and the Highlanders go head to head at Christchurch, New Zealand at 19:35 local time and 07:35 GMT. The Crusaders and the Highlanders are right next to each other in the New Zealand Conference. The leader of that table is the Chiefs, with fifty three points, and the Crusaders come in second. They have eight wins out of twelve games played, and that gives them forty six points. Meanwhile, the Highlanders take third place on that table with nine wins and four losses, with forty four points earned.

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The Brumbies lead the Australian Conference with the Reds taking second and the Waratahs coming in third. The Brumbies have forty five points. The leader of the South African Conference is the Stormers who have fifty points right now.


Tags: Super Rugby, Crusaders, Highlanders, Rugby League Park, Jimmy Tupou
Posted: 11th April 2015


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