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  • Predictions for Crusaders vs Moana in Super Rugby on Friday
  • Both teams must win to have any chance of qualifying for the quarterfinals
  • Can the Crusaders push into the top 8?
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Crusaders vs Moana Preview


The Crusaders can move into the top eight with victory in their final game. They will be pushing for a bonus point win to put pressure on teams like Fijian Drua who play on Saturday.
  • Crusaders vs Moana Preview
  • Head to Head
  • Crusaders Form
  • Crusaders Injuries & Team News
  • Moana Form
  • Moana Injuries & Team News

I am backing the hosts to cover the -27 handicap.

  • Crusaders won their last match.
  • Moana have lost 4 of their last 5 matches.
  • Moana have lost their last 2 matches against the Crusaders.

Head to Head


Last season the Crusaders thrashed Moana 41-7 away from home.

Crusaders Form


The Crusaders poorest season ever in Super Rugby is likely to come to an end on Friday. While they can still qualify for the quarterfinals, they will require other teams to do them a favour.

All the Christchurch-based outfit can do is get a win, preferably with a bonus point to give themselves a chance. They kept their hopes alive last weekend with a stunning 29-27 victory over the Blues at home.

It is just further proof that the Crusaders are still a strong side, they just haven’t put it together this season. There will be some big teams worried if the Crusaders somehow manage to get into the top eight.

Crusaders Injuries & Team News


I expect the Crusaders to make some changes to their side after a grueling encounter last weekend. They will believe they still have more than enough to get the win here.

Moana Form


Moana have improved this season with three victories, two more than they achieved last season. They are also guaranteed to not finish bottom this term, and an upset win will take them as high as eighth, if other results go their way – albeit unlikely.

As the season has progressed, Moana has struggled more and more. That is expected as they have yet to build the squad depth required to compete for 15 games in 16 or 17 weeks.

That said, Moana did win last weekend, their first victory in five games. They beat Waratahs 27-12 at home.

Moana Injuries & Team News


This is likely Moana’s last game of the season, so I expect them to be at full strength for this encounter.

Verdict

I am backing the Crusaders to cover the -27 handicap at home against Moana.

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