I'm looking forward to watching Blues v 'tahs. Think it could be quite a good battle.
Crusaders haven't been their normal selves at all, but they have had a couple of key players out from injury who are back. The team looks pretty legit for this weekend...
David Havili, Seta Tamanivalu, Jack Goodhue, Ryan Crotty, George Bridge, Richie Mo'unga, Mitchell Drummond
Jordan Taufua, Matt Todd, Pete Samu, Sam Whitelock (captain), Scott Barrett, Owen Franks, Andrew Makalio, Wyatt Crockett.
The Blues couldn't really get much worse than the last fortnight. I've seen first 15's play better than the Blues last week at times.
Both teams have a lot to play for, Blues have more to lose. I think they could get up.
Havili was my Crusaders player of the year last year, and I think he is more consistent if less surprisingly than DM, but this year he has been very quiet. I'd love to see him get more into a game.
Agree the Crusaders have been quite strangely off, even when comfortably winning. I hope you are right about all the players that are out. Mo'unga being out was quite a difference. I wonder if he will have the same fire. Jaw Injuries can have quite a mental impact on your game. Unconsciously you hesitate going into contact, naturally. I'd hate to see him have a slump the way that Slade did (understandably) for a bit after all his similar injuries. That being said, Slades last season with the Crusaders he was almost defying death every week going into contact for try-saving tackles. I cringed every time I knew he was the defender!