- The Crusaders have won their last four Super Rugby games on the bounce against the Hurricanes; the only previous time either team managed to win more games in succession in this fixture was a seven-game stretch for the Crusaders from 2005 to 2008.
- This will be the sixth finals meeting between the Crusaders and Hurricanes in Super Rugby, the Crusaders have won each of the previous five by an average margin of 20 points per game.
- The Crusaders have won their last seven post-season games in succession in Super Rugby; only once in the competition’s history has any team won more (9 – Crusaders from 1998 to 2003).
- The Crusaders are undefeated in their last 29 Super Rugby games on home turf (W28, D1); their last defeat in such a fixture came in Round 17, 2016 against the Hurricanes.
- The Hurricanes have won only one of their nine previous finals games away from home in Super Rugby, with five of their eight defeats in that span coming at the hands of the Crusaders.
- The Hurricanes have won their last four New Zealand derbies in Super Rugby despite leading at half-time only twice in that time.
- The Crusaders have scored more points (33), made more carries (126), gained more metres (506), and made more clean breaks (15) per game than any other team in Super Rugby 2019.
- The Hurricanes have conceded just five tries within the final quarter of games this Super Rugby season, fewer than any other team in the competition.
- Sevu Reece (Crusaders) has made 36 clean breaks in Super Rugby 2019, eight more than any other player in the competition and 14 more than Hurricanes’ best Jordie Barrett (22).
- The Hurricane’s Ardie Savea has won 28 turnovers this Super Rugby campaign, five more than any other player in the competition and 11 more than Crusaders’ best Matt Todd (17).
The Crusaders have played the Hurricanes 37 times in Super rugby since 1996 and the Crusaders have won 22 matches, lost 12 times and drawn three times.
The Crusaders 22 wins out of 37 matches gives them a record of winning 60% of their matches against the Hurricanes regardless of venue.
This weekend the match will be played in Christchurch which is home for the Crusaders and the venue where the teams have met 19 times.
In those 19 matches played in Christchurch, the Crusaders have won 13 matches, lost 5 times and drawn once. This gives the Crusaders a record of winning 68% of their matches against the Hurricanes at home.
The average score when the Crusaders play the Hurricanes in Christchurch is : Crusaders 28 Hurricanes 20.
These teams have met four times in Christchurch at the Semi-final stage and the Crusaders have won all four with an average score of Crusaders 37 Hurricanes 14.
The Crusaders have won the last four matches against the Hurricanes in Christchurch and the Hurricanes have not won in the city since 2016.
This year the Hurricanes have played 8 matches away from home and won 6 and drawn one. The Crusaders have played 9 matches at home and won 8 and drawn one which means they have not lost at home this year.
Average score: Crusaders 26 Hurricanes 20
Last five results
Fri, 29 Mar 2019 Crusaders 32 v 08 Hurricanes @Wellington
Sat, 23 Feb 2019 Crusaders 38 v 22 Hurricanes @Christchurch
Sat, 28 Jul 2018 Semi Crusaders 30 v 12 Hurricanes @Christchurch
Fri, 25 May 2018 Crusaders 24 v 13 Hurricanes @Christchurch
Sat, 10 Mar 2018 Crusaders 19 v 29 Hurricanes @Wellington
Crusaders overall record against the Hurricanes
Played 37, Wins 22, Losses 12, Draws 3
15 David Havili, 14 Reece, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Whetukamokamo Douglas, 5 Sam Whitelock (captain), 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody
Replacements: 16 Andrew Makalio, 17 George Bower, 18 Michael Alaalatoa, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Jordan Taufua, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 Braydon Ennor
15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Salesi Rayasi, 13 Peter Umaga-Jensen, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Gareth Evans, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Reed Prinsep, 5 Isaia Walker-Leawere, 4 James Blackwell, 3 Jeff To’omaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles (captain), 1 Toby Smith
Replacements: 16 Asafo Aumua, 17 Xavier Numia, 18 Ben May, 19 Kane Le’aupepe, 20 Vaea Fifita, 21 Richard Judd, 22 James Marshall, 23 Jonah Lowe
Match Officials and details
Date: Saturday 29 June
Venue: Orangetheory Stadium, Christchurch
Kick Off local: 19:35 l
Referee: Nic Berry
Assistant Ref 1: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 2: Paul Williams
TMO: Ben Skeen