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Super Rugby: Tahs to make changes for Crusaders clash

The Crusaders and Waratahs will go head-to-head on Saturday and there is a good chance both sides will be looking ahead to finals.

There are just two games of the regular season remaining before we hit the business end of the campaign, and both of these teams will be involved. 

The Chiefs are eight points clear of the second-placed Crusaders at the top of the ladder going into this next round of games, while the Waratahs sit in sixth and are locked in the top eight. 

It looks as though the Tahs are ready to rest players to ensure they are fresh and ready for the quarter-finals, while the Crusaders could also make changes. 

Either way the home side will be the hot fancies and they will be keen to get the win to keep the momentum going heading into finals.

Whitelock back for Crusaders

WhatCrusaders v Waratahs 
WhereOrangetheory Stadium, Christchurch
When14:35 (AEST) Saturday 27th May, 2023
How to watchStan Sports
OddsCrusaders 1.062, Waratahs 8.50

The Crusaders are having another excellent Super Rugby campaign after winning nine of their 12 games so far. 

They have won eight of the last nine games and should be brimming with confidence heading into the clash against the Tahs. 

The Chiefs have been their nemesis this season, beating them on two occasions, while Fijian Drua are the only other team to beat them. 

Their home form has been very good, losing just the one game against the Chiefs in the opening round of the campaign, so they should get the job done on Saturday. 

The Crusaders are boosted by the return of All Blacks veteran Sam Whitelock, who has been missing for the last two games with an Achilles injury. 

Whitelock will come in to replace captain Scott Barrett, who will be rested. It also means that Codie Taylor will skipper the Crusaders on this occasion. Taylor can be backed at 1.66 to score a try at anytime during the game.  

Head coach Scott Robertson looks set to tinker with his side, with Will Jordan and Josh Goodue set to be rested. That will allow Fergus Burke will come in to replace Jordan at fullback.

Tahs ready to rest up 

With just two games remaining, the Waratahs look to have made a decision to rest players to make sure they are ready for the quarter-finals. 

The Tahs are guaranteed a place in the top eight, but the top four and a home final looks to be out of their reach. 

So rather than go all out to try and upset the Crusaders, the Tahs are looking ahead. 

Coach Darren Coleman has admitted there will be “a little bit of rotation” as there is no point taking any risks with the top eight already locked in. 

Coleman admits that his players are fatigued following a gruelling and bruising season and some will be given the chance to rest up and recover. 

Not too many though. It is important that the Tahs avoid a heavy defeat. That would hit their confidence hard. 

Just like the Crusaders, they will realise that momentum is key and they have that at the moment following five wins on the spin.

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