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Hurricanes vs Crusaders Preview & Betting Tips - Crusaders set for comfortable victory

Handicap market offers value as Hurricanes struggle for consistency
Crusaders vs Hurricanes

Hurricanes vs Crusaders Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips


The Hurricanes host the Crusaders in Super Rugby Aotearoa at Sky Stadium on Sunday. The hosts are expecting a sell-out for the first time in 14 years but with the Crusaders in town and I fully expect 30,000 disappointed fans.

Hurricanes Form


The Hurricanes showed inconsistency before COVID-19 put an end to the 2020 Super Rugby campaign. They went from sublime one week to truly horrible the next and seemingly things have not improved.

Last week the Blues beat the Hurricanes comfortably 30-20 at Eden Park. Perhaps being the first game back caught the Canes off guard but they didn’t manage to get much going in an attacking sense.

There is still plenty to admire about the Hurricanes attack and they’ll pull it together as the season wears on. This week they however face a well-oiled machine in the Crusaders.

Hurricanes News


The Hurricanes are likely to get Ardie Savea into the starting line-up in order to bring some speed to their play. Otherwise they should stay much the same bar some late injury news.

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The Hurricanes were well beaten 30-20 by the Blues in their last match (Getty Images)

Crusaders Form


The Crusaders didn’t play in the opening weekend of Super Rugby Aotearoa as they had a bye but were at their imperious best earlier in the year.

Before the pandemic brought an end to Super Rugby the Crusaders won four of their five matches, only suffering a shock loss to the Chiefs. Their last match ended in a 24-20 victory over the Reds in Christchurch.

The Crusaders looked set for another Super Rugby title in 2020 and although that won’t happen, they are favourites to claim the inaugural Super Rugby Aotearoa trophy. With an All Black-laden squad the Crusaders should have too much class for the Canes.

Crusaders News


The Crusaders have a fully fit squad ahead for their trip to Wellington. 

Hurricanes vs Crusaders Head to Head


The Crusaders hold a 7-3 advantage over the Hurricanes in their last 10 clashes. This includes the Canterbury-based outfit winning the last five.

The last time they meet was in the 2019 Super Rugby play off where the Crusaders won 30-26 in Christchurch.

Hurricanes vs Crusaders Odds


The Hurricanes are priced at 2.80 to win with the Crusaders valued at 1.45 with bet365. A draw is available at 26.00.

The handicap market is set at 6 points with both teams paying 1.90 to cover it at Unibet.

Hurricanes vs Crusaders Match Up


The Hurricanes have an exciting team but matching the organisation of the Crusaders might be tough. The visitors have very few obvious weaknesses and if their strong set piece performance from earlier this year continues the Hurricanes may be in for a long afternoon.

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The Crusaders will superb in the 2020 Super Rugby winning four of their five matches (Getty Images)

Hurricanes vs Crusaders Stats


  • Hurricanes have failed to cover the +6 handicap in 2 of their last 3 matches.
  • Crusaders have covered the -6 handicap in 4 of their last 5 matches against the Hurricanes.
  • Crusaders have covered the -6 handicap in 3 of their last 5 matches.
  • Crusaders have beaten the Hurricanes in their last 5 matches.

Hurricanes vs Crusaders FAQ

Where can I watch Hurricanes vs Crusaders live stream online?

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Where is the Hurricanes vs Crusaders Super Rugby Aotearoa match being played?

The Hurricanes vs Crusaders match is being played at Sky Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand.

When is the Hurricanes vs Crusaders Super Rugby Aotearoa match being played?

The Hurricanes vs Crusaders match is being played on Sunday 21 June 2020 at 04:35 BST.

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Verdict

I'm backing the Crusaders to win comfortably against the Hurricanes on Sunday.

Best Bet: Crusaders -6 Handicap Handicap @-111.11 at BetMGM - 5 Units

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