The Stormers start a grueling road trip with what can only be described as a Crusaders team that is returning to form.
The Crusaders have never lost to the Stormers, outside of South Africa, but records are made to be broken. Until yesterday the Waratahs had never won in Auckland…
Both teams have only won two games thusfar and a loss here would virtually spell an end to any play-off chances.
Will the Stormers get that first NZ win against the Crusaders?
Or Will the Crusaders show the form that makes them the most successful Super rugby team ever?
Venue: AMI Stadium, Christchurch
Kick-off: 19:35 Local time, 08:35 SA time.
Ref: Keith Brown (New Zealand)
ARs: Josh Noonan (New Zealand), Kane McBride (New Zealand)
TMO: James McPhail (New Zealand)
15 Leon MacDonald, 14 Adam Whitelock, 13 Casey Laulala, 12 Tim Bateman/Ryan Crotty, 11 Colin Slade, 10 Stephen Brett, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Thomas Waldrom, 7 Nasi Manu, 6 Kieran Read (captain), 5 Brad Thorn, 4 Isaac Ross, 3 Bronson Murray, 2 Jason Macdonald, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
16 Daniel Perrin, 17 Owen Franks, 18 Michael Paterson, 19 Jonathan Poff, 20 Kahn Fotuali’i, 21 Ryan Crotty/Hamish Gard, 22 Kade Poki.
15 Percy Montgomery, 14 Gcobani Bobo, 13 Jean De Villiers (captain), 12 Peter Grant, 11 Sireli Naqelevuki, 10 Willem de Waal, 9 Ricky Januarie, 8 Luke Watson, 7 Duane Vermeulen, 6 Schalk Burger, 5 AJ Venter, 4 Adriaan Fondse, 3 Brian Mujati, 2 Schalk Brits, 1 Wicus Blaauw.
16 Tiaan Liebenberg, 17 JD Moller, 18 Hilton Lobberts, 19 Francois Louw, 20 Dewaldt Duvenage, 21 Dylan Des Fountain, 22 Conrad Jantjes.