TAB head-to-head betting odds
Crusaders – $1.36 Blues – $3.00
Crusaders: 1-George Bower, 2-Codie Taylor, 3-Michael Alaalatoa, 4-Mitchell Dunshea, 5-Quinten Unusual, 6-Scott Barrett (c), 7-Tom Sanders, 8-Ethan Blackadder, 9-Mitchell Drummond, 10-Richie Mo’unga, 11-George Bridge, 12-David Havili, 13-Leicester Fainga’anuku, 14-Sevu Reece, 15-Will Jordan
Reserves: 16-Brodie McAlister 17-Tamaiti Williams, 18-Oli Jager, 19-Mitchell Dunshea, 20-Tom Sanders, 21-Bryn Corridor, 22-Dallas McLeod, 23-Manasa Mataele
Blues: 1-Karl Tu’inukuafe, 2-Kurt Eklund, 3-Nepo Laulala, 4-Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 4-Sam Darry, 6-Blake Gibson, 7-Daltan Papalii (c), 8-Hoskins Sotutu, 9-Jonathan Ruru, 10-Harry Plummer, 11-Caleb Clarke, 12-Tanielu Tele’a, 13-Rieko Ioane (c), 14-Mark Telea, 15-Stephen Perofeta
Reserves: 16-Soane Vikena, 17-Marcel Renata, 18-Ofa Tuungafasi, 19-Taine Plumtree, 20-Akira Ioane, 21-Finlay Christie, 22-Otere Black, 23-AJ Lam
Competitors-leading Codie Taylor performs down try-scoring heroics
By Alex Powell
Crusaders and All Blacks hooker Codie Taylor has performed down his distinctive tryscoring file, regardless of his present standing as most prolific participant in Tremendous Rugby Aotearoa.
Strive-scoring statistics are often dominated by wingers, however front-rower Taylor at present tops the charts within the 2021 season, crossing six instances for the Crusaders this yr.
Highlanders flyer Jona Nareki sits second with 4 tries, whereas All Blacks and Crusaders teammate Sevu Reece supplies Taylor’s closest competitors from inside his personal aspect, with three of his personal.
What’s extra, Taylor sits sixth on Tremendous Rugby Aotearoa’s pointscorer’s checklist with 30, sitting solely behind all sides’s respective goal-kickers, led by the Chiefs’ Damian McKenzie with 82.
Whereas tryscoring is probably not his sole focus in serving to the Crusaders to a possible fifth straight title, Taylor says his teammates deserve the credit score for his prolific begin to the yr.
“I sat down firstly of the yr and had a fairly clear plan about the place I wished to move to,” Taylor says. “Half of them are maul tries, so you possibly can’t actually declare these.
“It is the seven males in entrance of you which are pushing that ought to get their names on the stats sheet.
“It is simply been an pleasurable season. [With] recent targets and the place I wish to head to is, I suppose, driving my work off the sphere and on it.”