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Rebels v Crusaders Super Rugby preview

Article Published: Thursday 10 May 2012
Edited by: Rugbyweek.com.
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Rebels v Crusaders Super Rugby preview

The Rebels have never played the Crusaders in Super Rugby but they have played each other in Super Rugby warm ups.

Unbelievably both Super Rugby warm up matches have ended with the Crusaders winning 14-19 in Melbourne. It should be said though that warm up results are very different from real Super Rugby matches.

The Rebels have only played three matches against New Zealand teams in Melbourne outside of Super Rugby warm ups and surprisingly they have won two of those - Blues (2012) and Hurricanes (2011).

The Rebels average score against New Zealand teams at home is Rebels 31 New Zealand Super Rugby teams 29.

Last week the Crusaders beat the Reds but were not as good as they could have been by their standards.

The Rebels on the other had had one of their best games and picked up a four try bonus points for the first time this season.

The Bookies have given the Rebels a 14 point start for this match - with an offer of Bet 5 and Get 50 in Bets . The Crusaders should win this comfortably. Crusaders to win by 10.

This match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK it will be shown on the Sky Sports website.

Average Super Rugby warm up score: 14-19

Last five results
Never played before.
Warm Ups
Feb 2011 Rebels v Crusaders 14 -19 Melbourne
Feb 2012 Rebels v Crusaders 14 -19 Melbourne

Crusaders overall record against the Rebels.
Never played before.

Match No.77.:Rebels v Crusaders
Date Saturday 12 May
Venue : Melbourne
Kick Off local: 19:40
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 1:James Leckie
Assistant Ref 2:Will Houston
TMO : Matt Goddard


1. Nic Henderson, 2. Ged Robinson, 3. Rodney Blake, 4. Cadeyrn Neville, 5. Hugh Pyle (vc), 6. Tim Davidson, 7. Michael Lipman, 8. Gareth Delve (c), 9. Nick Phipps, 10. Kurtley Beale, 11. Cooper Vuna, 12. Lachlan Mitchell, 13. Mitch Inman, 14. Mark Gerrard, 15. Julian Huxley.

Replacements: 16. Adam Freier, 17. Jono Owen, 18. Al Campbell, 19. Ryan Hodson, 20. Nic Stirzaker, 21. James Hilgendorf, 22. Stirling Mortlock.


1. Wyatt Crockett 2. Corey Flynn 3. Owen Franks 4. Luke Romano 5. Samuel Whitelock 6. George Whitelock 7. Richie McCaw (C) 8. Luke Whitelock 9. Willi Heinz 10. Tom Taylor 11. Zac Guildford 12. Dan Carter (VC) 13. Robbie Fruean 14. Sean Maitland 15. Tom Marshall

Replacements : 16. Ben Funnell 17. Ben Franks 18. Tom Donnelly (Ross Kennedy) 19. Kieran Read 20. Andy Ellis 21. Ryan Crotty 22. Israel Dagg

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