Super Rugby: Crusaders vs Stormers Preview

The Stormers will face a mammoth task in Christchurch on Saturday the 3rd of March.

Saturday 3 March
Crusaders vs Stormers
AMI Stadium, Christchurch

To Win (80 mins)
Crusaders 1/12
Draw 30/1
Stormers 11/2

Crusaders (-19.5) 9/10
Stormers (+19.5) 9/10 


The Stormers' tour to Australasia is in full swing as they prepare for their second match on the road which is against the defending champions, the Crusaders. The 'Cape side faced some hard luck after a last-gasp try from Waratahs flanker, Ned Hannigan, sank the Stormers. Had it not be for the wayward lineout through that led to Hannigan's try, Robbie Fleck's men would have taken the spoils.

The odds are highly stacked against this weekend's visitors with the handicap sitting at +19.5,  and after the Crusaders 22-point margin win over the Chiefs, it’s hard to believe the 'Saders won't easily clear that line.

The Stormers are facing yet another injury concern at fly-half with Junior 'Bok, Damian Willemse, in doubt for the upcoming encounter - the list piles up for the Capetonians.

It will indeed be an uphill mental battle to overcome after losing in such a futile way to the ‘Tahs. Robbie Fleck needs to bring in Seabelo Senatla in in place of Raymond Rhule as well as centre EW Viljoen for JJ Engelbrecht. He also needs to think about moving Dillyn Leyds to fullback and bring in Sergeal Petersen at 14. The joker in the pack, in terms of team selection, may well be SP Marais, who has returned from injury. The former Kings' man had a blinder of a 2017 campaign and his ability to cover at fly-half may prove useful if young Willemse doesn't recover in time.


The Crusaders have won seven of the last eight encounters with their weekend counterparts, with last year’s 57 – 24 their biggest margin as the home side scored 8 tries.

The defending champs showed their class in their Super Rugby opener as they laid the Chiefs to rest scoring seven tries, with four scored in the second stanza.

This should be another win for the home side as the Stormers, unfortunately, are still not in the same sphere as their New Zealand counterparts.

Verdict: Crusaders (-19.5) 9/10
The Crusaders should run away with this fixture and make it two wins in a row. For the Stormers touring is never an easy task, and they heads will still be hanging slightly low after that last gasp, knife through the heart defeat. 

Writtern by Lungelo Mdladla for Hollywoodbets

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