Fantasy Rugby Scout Pre-Season Picks #Crusaders

The most successful team of all time in Super Rugby have had a tough time of it in recent years. They haven't won since 2008 and last year failed to make the playoffs for the first time since their freakishly bad season in 2001. Is there is still gold in them hills?

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Nemani Nadolo – Platinum, Monster. Freak. Behemoth. More points than a pair of mating porcupines. Why are you still reading this? Go buy him already. 21 Tries in the last two seasons. Weight 125kg. Height 1,94 m. Averaged 47.77 points last year. The second highest behind Israel Folau. He beats players with deft touches as easily as he does running over them. Have you bought him yet?  

 

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Israel Dagg – Slightly unreliable in recent seasons, but his body of work speaks for itself. A Fantasy legend. He's here on reputation not on merit so we're not so sure about his fitness. When he did play he averaged a very tidy 44.4 points per game in Fox Fantasy last season. The decision is made easier by the Crusaders bye in round three so would only look at buying him for Round four when they come up against the Kings in what should be a points bonanza.

 

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Kieran Read – The original all-round loosie is the easiest way to sneak an extra outside back into your team. Only ranked 15th last year in the loose forward stats which means he's priced cheaper than Pocock, Hooper and Jaco Kriel. It comes down to whether he's willing to work as hard as the aforementioned carthorses. Like Dagg, would only look at buying him in Round four after the bye.

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Richie Mo’unga – With Dan Carter in the wind, the flyhalf jersey is up for grab. This youngster was preferred in the preseason, and could benefit from a solid team effort. Huge boots to fill.

 

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Crusaders Super Rugby Statistics

Crusaders have the best winning record of any team in Super Rugby. They've never lost more than four games in a row.

Crusaders vs all opposition Total Home Away
Played 285 144 50.5% 141 49.5%
Wins 189 66.3% 117 81.2% 72 51.1%
Losses 89 31.2% 23 16.0% 66 46.8%
Draws 7 2.5% 4 2.8% 3 2.1%
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