Super Rugby: Blues vs. Crusaders: Positional Breakdown

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Super Rugby: Blues vs. Crusaders: Positional Breakdown
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Mealamu scores the game winner

In New Zealand, there is no provincial rivalry better than Auckland vs. Canterbury.

The big city of the North vs. the big city of the South.

The two top New Zealand teams will square off this Friday at Eden Park in the opening match of this year's edition of Super Rugby. If last year's series was any indication, this should be a close game.

A couple days ago I tipped the Blues to win this due to home-field advantage and the absence of key All Blacks from the Crusaders lineup. Now that the starting XVs have been released, time for a more in-depth analysis of this Friday's positional battles.

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