Vodacom Super Rugby: Crusaders (34)* v Highlanders (8) F/T

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 12 Jul 2014 at 08:00
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Earlier results have conspired to ensure that both of these sides are definitely going to be playing in the knock-out phase.

This morning’s match will have a bearing on who has home-ground advantage – while there’s also the minor matter of the New Zealand Conference title at stake.

Kick-off is at 09h35 SA time.

Crusaders: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Kieron Fonotia, 13 Ryan Crotty, 12 Dan Carter, 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Matt Todd, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Ben Funnell, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Corey Flynn, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Nepo Laulala, 19 Jimmy Tupou, 20 Luke Whitelock, 21 Willi Heinz, 22 Tom Taylor, 23 Johnny McNicholl.

Highlanders: 15 Trent Renata, 14 Richard Buckman, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Shaun Treeby, 11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Hayden Parker, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Nasi Manu (captain), 7 Shane Christie, 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Joe Wheeler, 4 Tom Franklin, 3 Chris King, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Kane Hames.
Replacements: 16 Ged Robinson, 17 Matias Diaz, 18 JP Koen, 19 Josh Bekhuis, 20 Gareth Evans, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Lima Sopoaga, 23 Phil Burleigh.


  • Well that is the end of getting 2nd place. White must not play the first choise players, needed to benched them. Rest them for the playoff game.

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.07.14 11:12:01 by Sagroup Reply
  • @Sagroup (Comment 1) : I agree ,the A & B team must be rested,play a C team

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.07.14 11:21:47 by benji Reply
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  • So we play the Highlanders then. The team that scored 4 tries against us.

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.07.14 12:19:20 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @Sagroup (Comment 1) : Agreed, Jake needs to make a big call now.

    I say rest all our bokke.

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.07.14 13:02:20 by Original Pierre Reply
    Original Pierre
  • I disagree. The Sharks are unlikely to win the competition from 3rd now. That would mean a semi in Christchurch and a final in Sydney. No chance. And we would still have to beat the Highlanders at home, a team that walloped up at home this year already.

    I hate losing to the Stormers. I want to pump them. Finish the season on a “high” against our local rivals.

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.07.14 13:36:21 by Feather Reply

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  • @Feather (Comment 5) : Not going to beat the Stormers by 34 points (and score 4 tries in the process). Sorry bru, Sharks aren’t that kind of team.

  • Comment 6, posted at 12.07.14 15:58:23 by The Great Couch Shark Reply
    The Great Couch Shark
  • I think winning this match, regardless of the scoreline is more important than resting. We need momentum!

  • Comment 7, posted at 12.07.14 16:19:20 by SeanyJMc Reply


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