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Crusaders vs Hurricanes Predictions & Tips - Crusaders backed for comfortable home win
- Crusaders vs Hurricanes predictions for Sunday’s Super Rugby Aotearoa fixture
- Match is being played at 03:35 GMT at Orangetheory Stadium in Christchurch
- The Crusaders have won 37 of their last 38 home games
- I am backing the Crusaders to cover the -12 handicap
- Preview, predictions, stats & team news
Crusaders have won 37 of their last 38 home matches (Getty Images)
Crusaders vs Hurricanes Predictions
The Crusaders are incredible at home and while the Hurricanes are the only team to win there in four years, the Crusaders are at full strength this weekend. My best bet is for the Crusaders to cover the -12 handicap.
- Crusaders have won 37 of their last 38 home matches.
- Crusaders have covered the -12 handicap in 4 of their last 6 matches against the Hurricanes.
- Crusaders have won 6 of their last 7 matches against the Hurricanes.
- Hurricanes have lost their last 2 matches by 15+ points.
Head to Head
The Crusaders have won six of their last seven matches against the Hurricanes. Their last match however saw the Hurricanes win 34-32 in Christchurch. That was the first defeat in four years for the Crusaders on home soil.
The Crusaders came into 2021 Super Rugby Aotearoa as the defending champions and are favourites to retain their title.
On the opening weekend of Super Rugby Aotearoa, the Crusaders ran in four tries to two as they beat the Highlanders 26-13 away.
It was a very even contest but the Saders' superior quality shone through in the end. They will certainly be looking for improvement going into week two though.
The Crusaders were forced to make 130 tackles last week, missing 20 while the Highlanders were only required to make 90. Considering the Crusaders are so good at holding onto possession, that stat will be of concern.
Crusaders Injuries & Team News
David Havili is fit again and will start at fullback in place of Chay Fihaki. Breakout star from 2020, Will Jordan is also back from injury but will start on the bench.
The only other change sees Mitchell Drummond start at scrumhalf with Bryn Hall shifting to the bench.
After an inconsistent 2020, the Hurricanes were hoping for a more positive 2021 as they look to challenge for the title. Their bid didn’t get off to the best of starts as the Blues beat them 31-16 at home in the first week.
It all looked positive at half time with the Hurricanes in the lead. The second half however saw the visitors completely dominant and run in a comfortable victory.
The Hurricanes were outscored by four tries to two while they carried only 285 meters compared to the 534 of the Blues. Set pieces will be a huge concern for the Canes after the Blues annihilated them at scrum time.
Another point of focus will be discipline after two yellow cards were shown to the Hurricanes during the match.
Hurricanes Injuries & Team News
Peter Umaga-Jensen will start at outside centre after impressing off the bench last week.
Among the forwards, head coach, Jason Holland has opted to start Isaia Walker-Leawere, Reed Prinsep and Du’Plessis Kirifi.
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Crusaders are incredible at home with 37 wins in their last 38. They are expected to dominate the crucial facets of play against the Hurricanes on Sunday. I'm backing the hosts to win by more than 12 points.
Best Bet: Crusaders -12 Handicap Handicap @-109.89 at BetMGM - 4 Units