Super Rugby Aotearoa: Everything you need to know for round eight

Super Rugby - Aotearoa
by RUGBY.com.au staff

New Zealand's Super Rugby Aotearoa is into round eight this weekend.

The winless Chiefs open the weekend's proceedings on Saturday against the Crusaders, who are coming off their first loss of the competition.

In Dunedin on Sunday, the Highlanders host the title contender Blues outfit.

Schedule

Saturday August 1

5:05pm - Chiefs vs Crusaders, FMG Stadium, Waikato, LIVE on Foxtel, Foxtel Now and Kayo Sports. Buy a Kayo subscription here.

Sunday August 2

1:35pm - Higihlanders vs Blues, Forsyth Barr Stadium Dunedin, LIVE on Foxtel, Foxtel Now and Kayo Sports. Buy a Kayo subscription here.

CRUSADERS vs HURRICANES

TEAMS

Chiefs to face Crusaders

Reuben O’Neill, Bradley Slater, Nepo Laulala, Tupou Vaa’I, Mitchell Brown, Lachlan Boshier, Sam Cane, Pita Gus Sowakula, Brad Weber, Aaron Cruden, Sean Wainui, Alex Nankivell, Anton Lienert-Brown, Shaun Stevenson, Damian McKenzie. Reserves: Samisoni Taukei’aho, Ollie Norris, Angus Ta’avao, Naitoa Ah Kuoi, Simon Parker, Lisati Milo-Harris, Kaleb Trask, Quinn Tupaea

Crusaders to face Chiefs

George Bower, Codie Taylor (C), Michael Alaalatoa, Samuel Whitelock, Mitchell Dunshea, Sione Havili, Tom Christie, Tom Sanders, Mitch Drummond, Richie Mo'unga, George Bridge, Jack Goodhue (VC), Fetuli Paea, Sevu Reece, Will Jordan. Reserves: Andrew Makalio, Isileli Tu'ungafasi Oliver Jager, Quinten Strange, Billy Harmon, Bryn Hall, Brett Cameron, Leicester Fainga'anuku

REFEREES

Referee: Ben O'Keeffe

Assistant 1: Paul Williams

Assistant 2: Richard Kelly

TMO: Glenn Newman

ODDS

Supplied by Bet365

Chiefs - $3.60

Crusaders - $1.30

HIGHLANDERS vs BLUES

TEAMS

Highlanders to face Blues

Ayden Johnstone, Ash Dixon (cc), Jeff Thwaites, Pari Pari Parkinson, Jack Whetton, Shannon Frizell, Dillon Hunt, Marino Mikaele-Tu’u, Aaron Smith (cc), Josh Ioane, Scott Gregory, Patelesio Tomkinson, Michael Collins, Josh McKay, Mitch Hunt. Reserves: Liam Coltman, Ethan De Groot, Siate Tokolahi, Manaaki Selby-Rickit, Jesse Parete, Folau Fakatava, Bryn Gatland, Jona Nareki

Blues to face Highlanders

Karl Tu’inukuafe, Kurt Eklund, Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Patrick Tuipulotu, Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, Dalton Papalii, Blake Gibson, Akira Ioane, Finlay Christie, Beauden Barrett, Caleb Clarke, TJ Faiane, Rieko Ioane, Mark Telea, Matt Duffie. Reserves: Luteru Tolai, Alex Hodgman, Sione Mafileo, Josh Goodhue, Tony Lamborn, Sam Nock, Otere Black, Harry Plummer

REFEREES 

Referee: Mike Fraser

Assistant 1: James Doleman

Assistant 2: Brendon Pickerill

TMO: Chris Hart

ODDS

Supplied by Bet365

Highlanders - $2.55

Blues - $1.52