Round eighteen will see Crusaders veteran Wyatt Crockett run out for his 200th Super Rugby cap when they square up against the Highlanders in Christchurch on Friday.

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A few teams have a mathematical chance of making it into the playoffs after this round.

BYE: Lions

Fixtures:

Crusaders vs Highlanders 09:35am Friday

Crusaders are coming from a bye in Round 17. They will be well rested coming into this fixture. Kieran Read will make his long awaited come back on Friday. These two teams have met 33 times with Crusaders winning 22 and Highlanders winning 10.

Crusaders by 10

Crusaders

1. Joe Moody ,Andrew Makalio , 3. Owen Franks , 4. Scott Barrett , 5. Sam Whitelock (C) , 6. Heiden Bedwell-Curtis , 7. Matt Todd (VC) , 8. Kieran Read, 9. Bryn Hall, 10. Richie Mo’unga , 11. George Bridge , 12. Ryan Crotty (VC) , 13. Jack Goodhue , 14. Seta Tamanivalu , 15. David Havili

Replacements : 16. Codie Taylor , 17. Wyatt Crockett , 18. Michael Alaalatoa , 19. Quinten Strange , 20. Jordan Taufua , 21. Mitchell Drummond , 22. Mitchell Hunt , 23. Manasa Mataele

Highlanders

Daniel Lienert-Brown , Liam Coltman , Siate Tokolahi , Jackson Hemopo , Tom Franklin , Liam Squire/Elliot Dixon , James Lentjes , Luke Whitelock , Aaron Smith , Lima Sopoaga , Richard Buckman , Teihorangi Walden , Rob Thompson , Waisake Naholo , Ben Smith (cc) ,

Replacements : Ash Dixon (CC) , Aki Seiuli , Tyrel Lomax , Pari Pari Parkinson , Shannon Frizell , Kayne Hammington , Josh Ioane , Fletcher Smith

Reds vs Rebels 11:45am Friday

Rebels beat the Reds 45 – 19 earlier this year. I don’t see the Reds causing too much trouble for David Wessel’s men.

Rebels by 10

Reds

1. JP Smith , 2. Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 3. Taniela Tupou , 4. Izack Rodda , 5. Kane Douglas , 6. Caleb Timu, 7. George Smith , 8. Scott Higginbotham (C), 9. Moses Sorov, 10. Hamish Stewart , 11. Eto Nabuli, 12. Duncan Paia’aua , 13. Jordan Petaia, 14. Filipo Daugunu, 15. Jono Lance,

Replacements : 16. Alex Mafi, 17. Harry Hoopert, 18. Ruan Smith, 19. Lukhan Tui, 20. Angus Scott-Young, 21. Tate McDermott, 22. Teti Tela , 23. Aidan Toua,

Rebels

1. Tetera Faulkner , 2. Anaru Rangi , 3. Jermaine Ainsley , 4. Matt Philip, 5. Geoff Parling (v/capt) , 6. Angus Cottrell , 7. Colby Fainga’a , 8. Amanaki Mafi , 9. Michael Ruru , 10. Reece Hodge , 11. Marika Koroibete , 12. Billy Meakes , 13. Tom English (capt) , 14. Jack Maddocks , 15. Dane Haylett-Petty

Replacements : , 16. Nathan Charles , 17. Fereti Sa’aga , 18. Sam Talakai , 19. Ross Haylett-Petty , 20. Richard Hardwick , 21. Harrison Goddard , 22. Jack Debreczeni , 23. Sefa Naivalu

Chiefs vs Brumbies 07:15am Saturday

Chiefs have hosted the Brumbies in Hamilton on 7 occasions, Chiefs have won four out of seven at home against ACT.

Chiefs by 8

Teams

TBA

Hurricanes vs Blues 09:35am Saturday

Blues by 3

Teams

TBA

Waratahs vs Sunwolves 11:45am Saturday

Waratahs to beat the Sunwolves in Sydney.

Waratahs by 10

Teams:

TBA

Bulls vs Jaguares 15:05pm Saturday

Jaguares by 5

Teams:

TBA

HEADLINE MATCH: Stormers vs Sharks 17:15pm Saturday

Sharks are on a high after upsetting the Lions last weekend. Stormers will be licking their wounds after suffering a disastrous loss to the Jaguares. This should be a great South African Derby

Stormer by 8

Teams:

TBA