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At a Glance: Hurricanes vs. Crusaders preview

  • At a Glance: Hurricanes vs. Crusaders preview

Hurricanes vs. Crusaders

Saturday, May 2, 2015, 7.35pm

Westpac Stadium, Wellington

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Referee: Mike Fraser (NZ)

Notes:

- 22 past or present All Blacks will feature in this match;

- The Hurricanes have won nine of their last 11 matches at home and have not lost two in a row since in Wellington since July 2013;

- The Hurricanes have won four of the last five meeting between the two sides;

- The Hurricanes lead the competition in try-scoring (12) starting when the movement from inside their own half;

- The Crusaders are second in the same stat with 10 tries;

- All Blacks captain Richie McCaw will sit out tonight's match after being knocked out last weekend against the Blues.

Key Match Ups:

- Cory Jane vs. Namani Nadolo (wing)

- Ma'a Nonu vs. Dan Carter (second five-eighth)

- Beauden Barrett vs. Colin Slade (first five-eighth)

- TJ Perenara vs. Andy Ellis (halfback)

- Brad Shields vs. Kieran Read (no 8)

- Sam Whitelock vs. Jeremy Thrush (lock)

- Ben Franks vs. Wyatt Crockett (prop)

Teams:

Hurricanes: Nehe Milner-Skudder, Cory Jane, Conrad Smith, Ma'a Nonu, Julian Savea, Beauden Barrett, TJ Perenara, Brad Shields, Ardie Savea, Callum Gibbins, James Broadhurst, Jeremy Thrush, Ben Franks, Motu Matu'u, Reggie Goodes. Reserves: Dane Coles, Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, Chris Eves, Mark Abbott, Blade Thomson, Chris Smylie, Matt Proctor, James Marshall.

Crusaders: Tom Taylor, David Havili, Ryan Crotty, Dan Carter, Nemani Nadolo, Colin Slade, Andy Ellis, Kieran Read (captain), Matt Todd, Jordan Taufua, Sam Whitelock, Luke Romano, Owen Franks, Codie Taylor, Wyatt Crockett. Res: Ben Funnell, Joe Moody, Nepo Laulala, Jimmy Tupou, Luke Whitelock, Mitchell Drummond, Kieron Fonotia, Nafi Tuitavake.

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