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Waratahs vs Crusaders Predictions & Tips - Crusaders backed to score big in Sydney

  • Waratahs vs Crusaders predictions for Saturday’s Super Rugby trans-Tasman fixture
  • Match is being played at 06:05 BST at the WIN Stadium
  • Waratahs have lost their last 10 matches in Super Rugby
  • I am backing the Crusaders to cover the -32 handicap
  • Preview, predictions, stats & team news
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Ralph Staniforth 27 May 2021
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Waratahs vs Crusaders Predictions


The Waratahs are not near the required Super Rugby level with 10 straight defeats. The Crusaders should have no problem achieving victory in Australia. My best bet is for the Crusaders to win by more than 32 points.

  • Waratahs have lost their last 10 Super Rugby matches.
  • Waratahs have conceded 112 points in their last 2 matches.
  • Crusaders are Super Rugby Aotearoa champions.
  • Crusaders have won 9 of their last 11 matches.
  • Crusaders have won 9 of their last 10 away matches.
  • Crusaders covered the -32 handicap in their last match against the Reds.

Head to Head


Crusaders have won four of their last seven matches against the Waratahs. When they last met in 2019, the Waratahs won 20-12 in Sydney.

Waratahs Form


The Waratahs have yet to win in 2021 having lost all eight matches in Super Rugby AU and their first two of Super Rugby trans-Tasman. 

Over their last two fixtures the Waratahs have conceded a staggering 112 points. They lost 64-48 to the Hurricanes at home in the opening week before being smashed 48-21 in Auckland against the Blues last weekend.

Defensively the Tahs’ are just not near the level they need to be. They have improved in attacking areas since Super Rugby AU finished but that has come at the expense of their defensive performance. 

Waratahs Injuries & Team News


Will Harrison makes a return to the side, but at fullback opposed to his customary flyhalf position. The rest of the side remains as it was.

Crusaders Form


The Crusaders are third on the Super Rugby trans-Tasman table. They have won both of their matches but only picked up one bonus point.

After winning Super Rugby Aotearoa, the Crusaders just got over the line against the Brumbies at home in their opening Super Rugby trans-Tasman fixture. The 31-29 victory was a bit closer than many expected but the Saders’ were back to their best last weekend.

They comfortably beat Super Rugby AU champions, the Reds 63-28 in Queensland. It was a very dominant display by the Crusaders as they outscored their hosts by eight tries to four.

Crusaders Injuries & Team News


Scott Barrett returns to captain the Crusaders this weekend. Both Ethan Blackadder and Brodie McAlister have been sent back to New Zealand and won’t feature this weekend.

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Verdict

The Waratahs have conceded 112 points in their first two matches while the Crusaders have won nine of their last 11. My tip is for the Crusaders to cover the -32 handicap.

Best Bet: Crusaders -32 Handicap Handicap @-111.11 at BetMGM - 4 Units

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