2019-06-24 by Liam Del Carme
There’s no Rugby 5 this weekend because of insufficient fixtures, but there is a Rugby 1 pool featuring the Super Rugby semi-final clash between the Hurricanes and the Crusaders in Christchurch on Saturday. Hurricanes will make history if they win because the Crusaders are yet to lose a Super Rugby semi-final on home soil. The hosts have won their last four matches against the Hurricanes, the most recent three by 12 points or more. But it is worth remembering that three of those matches were played in Christchurch. Those victories include last year’s semi-final, which the Crusaders won 30-12, and their most recent match followed a similar path when they triumphed 32-8 in Wellington earlier this season. The Hurricanes, however, are on a fine run and have suffered just one defeat in their last 10 matches. That helped them record the most league wins in Super Rugby this season. They are expected to be boosted by the return of centre Matt Proctor and lock Sam Lousi, who have both overcome pectoral muscle injuries. This clash will also throw up a mouth-watering showdown between All Blacks fly-halves Beauden Barrett and Richie Mo’unga, who has been in scintillating form. But in Barrett, Mo’unga has an adversary who may turn things in his and the Hurricanes’ favour. The Crusaders, however, possess a pack of forwards that is unlikely to be bossed by the Hurricanes. The Crusaders are going to be a very difficult team to put down and the Hurricanes are going to need a few unexpected twists and turns to go their way. Saturday’s Rugby 1 betting pool closes early at 09:35. The choice is Crusaders to win by 13 to 19 points (No 2 in the tote betting system).
To take a bet, go to www.rugby5.co.za