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Rugby Union: Easy pickings for Kiwi sides; SUPER 14: Sky Sports 2, 4.30pm.

Byline: Geoffrey Riddle

THE Stormers welcome the six time title-winning Crusaders to Cape Town tonight, but Rassie Erasmus's side must feel a certain trepidation, writes Geoffrey Riddle.

Last week the New Zealanders routed the reigning champion Bulls 54-19 on the high veld, and with the Stormers yet to win a fixture in two outings, it's no surprise they receive a 17-point start from Skybet at Newlands.

So far only the Blues and the Crusaders have taken advantage of the new laws that were put in place by the IRB to encourage higher scores and as such, they are the only teams to have scored more than 23 points in a game in the opening two rounds.

In 2007 there were 14 fixtures where a South African team hosted a Kiwi side and the visitors won just one game, losing the last six by double-figure margins.

That was partly due to the fact that New Zealand coach Graham Henry took out his World Cup players from the first seven rounds of last year's competition.

The thrashing of the Bulls and Lions by Kiwi sides Crusaders and Blues respectively last week suggests however, that things could be very different in South Africa this time around.

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Feb 29, 2008
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