This weekend starts off with a BANG!!!!!!!!!!
The Chiefs and the Crusaders have each only lost one game and they will be hellbent on not losing a second.
The history books may tell us that the Chiefs have only beaten the Crusaders 4 times in 14 outings, but that is of no consequence this weekend. The Chiefs are experiencing a very good season in comparison to their historical form while the Crusaders are doing just the opposite.
This is going to be a derby of epic proportions and having a damn good ref officiating the game will just improve the quality of the match.
Ref: Mark Lawrence (South Africa)
ARs: Chris Pollock (New Zealand), Matthew Stanish (New Zealand)
TMO: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)
Venue: Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
Kick-off: 08:35 SA Time, 06:35 GMT
Chiefs: 15 Mils Muliaina (captain), 14 Lelia Masaga, 13 Richard Kahui, 12 Callum Bruce, 11 Sitiveni Sivivatu, 10 Stephen Donald, 9 Brendon Leonard, 8 Colin Bourke, 7 Tanerau Latimer, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Romana Graham, 4 Craig Clarke, 3 Nathan White, 2 Aled de Malmanche, 1 Sona Taumalolo.
Replacements: 16 Vern Kamo, 17 Ben Afeaki, 18 Culum Retallick, 19 Luke Braid, 20 Junior Poluleuligaga, 21 Mike Delany, 22 Dwayne Sweeney.
Crusaders: 15 Jared Payne, 14 Sean Maitland, 13 Robbie Fruean, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Zac Guildford, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Kahn Fotuali’i, 8 Kieran Read, 7 George Whitelock, 6 Richie McCaw (captain), 5 Isaac Ross, 4 Brad Thorn, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Ti’i Paulo, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Corey Flynn, 17 Ben Franks, 18 Sam Whitelock, 19 Thomas Waldrom, 20 Willi Heinz, 21 Adam Whitelock, 22 Colin Slade.