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Luke Romano takes on his old side as the Blues host the Crusaders in the Super Rugby Pacific final.
Crusaders: Will Jordan, Sevu Reece, Jack Goodhue, David Havili, Leicester Fainga’anuku, Richie Mo’unga, Bryn Hall, Cullen Grace, Tom Christie, Pablo Matera, Sam Whitelock, Scott Barrett (c), Oli Jager, Codie Taylor, George Bower. Reserves: Brodie McAlister, Tamaiti Williams, Fletcher Newell, Quinten Strange, Corey Kellow, Mitch Drummond, Braydon Ennor, George Bridge.
Blues: Stephen Perofeta, AJ Lam, Rieko Ioane, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Mark Telea, Beauden Barrett (c), Finlay Christie, Hoskins Sotutu, Adrian Choat, Akira Ioane, Tom Robinson, Josh Goodhue, Nepo Laulala, Kurt Eklund, Alex Hodgman. Reserves: Soane Vikena, Karl Tu’inukuafe, Ofa Tuungafasi, Luke Romano, Dalton Papalii/James Tucker, Sam Nock, Bryce Heem, Zarn Sullivan.
Referee: Ben O’Keeffe
Assistant referees: Nic Berry, Stu Curran
TMO: Shane McDermott
Cloudy with a few showers, turning to rain from late afternoon or early evening. Northeasterlies. 14degC at kickoff.
Blues $1.75, Crusaders $1.97
Overall: Played 39, Blues wins: 11, Draws: 1, Crusaders wins: 27
Blues at home: Played 20, Blues wins: 8, Draws: 1, Crusaders wins: 11
Last meeting: Blues 27 Crusaders 23, Orangetheory Stadium, Christchurch, April 15, 2022 (Rd 9)
Previous finals: Crusaders 20 Blues 13, Eden Park, Auckland, May 30, 1998; Blues 21 Crusaders 17, Eden Park, Auckland, May 24, 2003.
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