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Date: Saturday, July 28
Venue: AMI Stadium, Christchurch
Kick-off: 19:35 local (08:35 BST, 07:35 GMT)
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Referees: Mike Fraser, Ben O’Keeffe
TMO: Shane McDermott
The Crusaders host the Hurricanes at AMI Stadium in Christchurch in what should be a titanic all-New Zealand Super Rugby semi-final.
This is a final before a final in that it arguably features the two best sides in the competition – both having accumulated the most points – but they are to meet in the last four due to the inequitable Conference system.
The Hurricanes may have won six of the last nine games against the Crusaders, but they haven’t won a finals fixture against the men from Christchurch in four attempts.
The Crusaders, meanwhile, remain undefeated in 20 successive finals fixtures on home soil and the fact that each of the previous 11 all-New Zealand semi-finals in Super Rugby have been won by the hosts on the day bodes well.
The ‘Saders showed last weekend how merciless they can be from turnover ball but, in the Hurricanes, they are facing the competition’s best defence, apart from their own. With an efficient line speed and impressive tackle success rate, the ‘Canes may just be able to thwart a confident and clinical Crusaders’ outfit.
Besides a solid defence and Ben Lam, there is not much else counting in the Hurricanes’ favour. And worryingly for them, the Crusaders’ pack is back to full strength, with Kieran Read having shone last week, while the final piece has been added to the jigsaw this Saturday with the return of Joe Moody.
The visitors will be well aware of the Crusaders’ tendency to score in the periods before and after half-time. The head-to-head stats, in terms of average points per game, etc, shows how close the sides are and it should be a tight game. For example, the Crusaders have let in 39 tries, to the ‘Canes 43.
But remarkably, the defending champions have not conceded more than 13 points in any of their last eight home play-off fixtures and considering they haven’t failed to score less than 13 points in the past two seasons, one would not bet against them.
There are key individual battles all over the park, but the most mouth-watering one has to be between Ryan Crotty and Ngani Laumape in the midfield. Both are in top form ahead of the clash and keen to lay down a marker for the 2019 Rugby World Cup as two virtual All Black sides go head-to-head in a do-or-die encounter.
2018: Crusaders won 24-13 in Christchurch
2018: Hurricanes won 29-19 in Wellington
2017: Hurricanes won 31-22 in Wellington
2017: Crusaders won 20-12 in Christchurch
2016: Hurricanes won 35-10 in Christchurch
2015: Crusaders won 35-18 in Christchurch
2015: Hurricanes won 29-23 in Wellington
2014: Hurricanes won 16-09 in Wellington
Crusaders: 15 David Havili, 14 Seta Tamanivalu, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Sam Whitelock (c), 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody
Replacements: 16 Andrew Makalio, 17 Tim Perry, 18 Michael Alaalatoa, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Pete Samu, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 Braydon Ennor
Hurricanes: 15 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 14 Julian Savea, 13 Jordie Barrett, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Blade Thomson, 7 Gareth Evans, 6 Brad Shields (c), 5 Sam Lousi, 4 Michael Fatialofa, 3 Jeff To’omaga-Allen, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 1 Toby Smith
Replacements: 16 James O’Reilly, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Ben May, 19 Vaea Fifita, 20 Ardie Savea/Reed Prinsep, 21 Jamie Booth, 22 Ihaia West, 23 Wes Goosen