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At a Glance: Hurricanes vs. Crusaders preview

  • At a Glance: Hurricanes vs. Crusaders preview

Hurricanes vs. Crusaders

Friday May 29, 2015, 7.35pm

Trafalgar Park, Nelson

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Referee: Ben O'Keeffe



- Hurricanes have won five of the last six matches against the Crusaders;

- Hurricanes are six-from-six on the road this season;

- Crusaders lead the compeition in clean breaks this year at an average of 11.3 per game;

- Hurricanes lead the competition in metres gained with 533 followed by the Crusaders in second on 520.

Key Match Ups

- Conrad Smith vs. Robbie Fruean (centre);

- Nehe Milner-Skudder vs. Nemani Nadolo (wing);

- Otere Black vs. Dan Carter (first five-eighth)

- Ardie Savea vs. Richie McCaw (openside).


Hurricanes: James Marshall, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Conrad Smith (c ), Ma'a Nonu, Julian Savea, Otere Black, TJ Perenara, Blade Thomson, Ardie Savea, Brad Shields, James Broadhurst, Jeremy Thrush, Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, Dane Coles, Reggie Goodes. Reserves: Motu Matu'u, Ben May, Ben Franks, Mark Abbott, Victor Vito, Chris Smylie, Rey Lee-Lo, Matt Proctor.

Crusaders: Tom Taylor, Nafi Tuitavake, Robbie Fruean, David Havili, Nemani Nadolo, Dan Carter, Mitchell Drummond, Jordan Taufua, Richie McCaw (c), Matt Todd, Luke Romano, Jimmy Tupou, Owen Franks, Ben Funnell, Alex Hodgman. Reserves: Codie Taylor, Tim Perry, Nepo Laulala, Dominic Bird, Luke Whitelock, Andy Ellis, Kieron Fonotia, Jone Macilai.

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