Welcome to this top-of-the-table Super Rugby Pacific clash between Crusaders and Blues at Orangetheory Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand.
The Crusaders have won 14 consecutive Super Rugby games against the Blues, a 15th straight win would make it the longest winning streak of one team against another in Super Rugby history, eclipsing the Brumbies’ active 14-game winning streak against the Western Force, which began in 2014.
- The Crusaders have not lost at home to the Blues in Super Rugby since Round 2, 2004, picking up 14 consecutive home wins against them since.
- Scott Robertson’s side has won 13 of their last 14 Super Rugby games, including their last three on the bounce; however, their last two wins have been by margins of no greater than three points.
- The Crusaders have lost at home to New Zealand opponents on three occasions in Super Rugby since the beginning of 2020 after not doing so even once between the 2017 and 2019 campaigns.
- The Blues have won 13 of their last 14 Super Rugby games, including their last six on the bounce and a 26-0 win over the Chiefs in their last game; it was just the second time they have ever kept a team scoreless in a Super Rugby game (Brumbies 17-0 in Round 6, 2005).
- The Crusaders have scored six tries via substitute players this campaign, more than any other team in the competition, and two more than the Blues (4) – three of the Saders’ six substitute tries came against Moana Pasifika in Round 3 (Codie Taylor 2, Abraham Pole 1).
- The Crusaders (92) and Blues (81) have gained more metres per game from kick returns than any other teams in 2022.
- The Blues have made five line breaks per game this Super Rugby Pacific season, the second-most of any team (Hurricanes – 6), and one per game more than the Crusaders (4).
Players to watch
- Will Jordan has scored seven tries and made four assists in his last nine Super Rugby games, he also has a brace of tries in his last game against the Blues.
- AJ Lam has scored one try in his last two Super Rugby games and has scored three tries across his five career starts in Super Rugby competitions.
We are waiting for the kick-off.
The score after 0 minutes is Crusaders 0 Blues 0
Referee: Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 1: James Doleman
Assistant Ref 2: Mike Winter
TMO: Aaron Paterson
Crusaders: 15 Will Jordan, 14 Sevu Reece, 13 Braydon Ennor, 12 David Havili, 11 Leicester Fainga’anuku, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Cullen Grace, 7 Tom Christie, 6 Ethan Blackadder, 5 Zach Gallagher, 4 Scott Barrett (captain), 3 Oli Jager, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody.
Replacements: 16 Ricky Jackson, 17 George Bower, 18 Fletcher Newell, 19 Dominic Gardiner, 20 Pablo Matera, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Fergus Burke, 23 George Bridge.
Blues: 15 Stephen Perofeta, 14 AJ Lam, 13 Rieko Ioane, 12 Bryce Heem, 11 Mark Telea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Finlay Christie, 8 Hoskins Sotutu, 7 Dalton Papalii (captain), 6 Tom Robinson, 5 Josh Goodhue, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Ofa Tuungafasi, 2 Kurt Eklund, 1 Alex Hodgman.
Replacements: 16 Ricky Riccitelli, 17 Jordan Lay, 18 Nepo Laulala, 19 James Tucker, 20 Adrian Choat, 21 Taufa Funaki, 22 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, 23 Zarn Sullivan/Jacob Ratumaitavuki-Kneepens.