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Super Rugby picks: A local derby, trip to Japan and the 2018 final rematch

How it works: TVNZ sports buffs will chip in their picks for matches involving New Zealand sides each round with some adding a little insight into their thinking. A correct result will give them two points and a correct margin a bonus point.

Round 11

Crusaders v Lions
Sunwolves v Highlanders
Hurricanes v Chiefs

Matt Hall-Smith - 1 NEWS Sport Reporter, LEADER

Crusaders v Lions: Crusaders 13+
Sunwolves v Highlanders: Sunwolves 1-12: "Unlucky drop that game at home after a brilliant start last week – expect them to come out firing in front of a massive crowd!"
Hurricanes v Chiefs: Hurricanes 13+

Guy Heveldt - 1 NEWS Sport Reporter

Crusaders v Lions: Crusaders 13+ - "Crusaders 30+ if we're being serious."
Sunwolves v Highlanders: Highlanders 1-12 - "The Sunwolves were close last week but not sure they can back it up by winning. But not overly enamoured with that Highlanders team either."
Hurricanes v Chiefs: Hurricanes 13+ - "Canes 13+ - Canes 30+ if we're being serious."

Brodyn Knuckey - 1 NEWS NOW Sport Producer

Crusaders v Lions: Crusaders 13+ - "Crusaders off the bye will slay the Lions in this final rematch easily."
Sunwolves v Highlanders: Sunwolves 1-12 - "I don't even see this as an upset. Wolves are tough at home this season and Highlanders still look shakey."
Hurricanes v Chiefs: Hurricanes 13+ - "No D Mac, no Retallick, no brainer."

Maddy Lloyd - Breakfast Reporter

Crusaders v Lions: Crusaders 13+
Sunwolves v Highlanders: Highlanders 13+
Hurricanes v Chiefs: Hurricanes 13+

Faleatua Malili - 1 NEWS NOW Sport Producer

Crusaders v Lions: Crusaders 13+
Sunwolves v Highlanders: Highlanders 1-12
Hurricanes v Chiefs: Hurricanes 13+

John McKenzie - 1 NEWS Reporter

Crusaders v Lions: Crusaders 1-12
Sunwolves v Highlanders: Highlanders 13+
Hurricanes v Chiefs: Hurricanes 13+

Alex Powell - 1 NEWS NOW Sport Producer

Crusaders v Lions: Crusaders 13+
Sunwolves v Highlanders: Sunwolves 1-12
Hurricanes v Chiefs: Hurricanes 13+

Dewi Preece - 1 NEWS Sport Reporter

Crusaders v Lions: Crusaders 13+: "I don't think it'll be one-way traffic for 80 minutes, but the Crusaders should be strong enough to see off the Lions at home, with a degree of comfort."
Sunwolves v Highlanders: Highlanders 1-12: "Sharks in round one are the only team to completely roll the Sunwolves at home, so expecting to see another close one for at least an hour. But Highlanders should have enough in their 15 and 23 to get it done.
Hurricanes v Chiefs: Hurricanes 1-12: "The Hurricanes aren't playing well, but more importantly neither are the Chiefs. Nine of their last ten meetings have been won by a <12 margin. Same again please."

Josh Reich - 1 NEWS NOW Editor

Crusaders v Lions: Crusaders 13+
Sunwolves v Highlanders: Highlanders 13+
Hurricanes v Chiefs: Hurricanes 1-12

Andrew Saville - 1 NEWS Sport Presenter

Crusaders v Lions: Crusaders 13+ - "Can't see Lions repeating last week, assuming they play the players they’ve actually picked!? Bye came at exactly the right time last week for the Crusaders, who will be nicely refreshed."
Sunwolves v Highlanders: Highlanders 1-12 - "Possibly 13 plus, but Wolves aren’t going away from the competition without a fight."
Hurricanes v Chiefs: Hurricanes 13+ - "Canes are surely ready to click big time and fire at home, after a few indifferent performances. Chiefs aren’t the same without McKenzie - Canes with Barrett’s and Savea, a very different proposition."

Stephen Stuart - 1 NEWS Sport Reporter

Crusaders v Lions: Crusaders 13+ - "Unless the Lions pull another swifty with their starting line up, the Crusaders should comfortably win this replay of the last two Super Tugby finals."
Sunwolves v Highlanders: Highlanders 1-12 -"No Ben Smith helps the Sunwolves cause but Highlanders pack should get them home."
Hurricanes v Chiefs: Hurricanes 1-12 - "The derby matches between these two sides are generally tight but x factor gives the home side the edge."

Abby Wilson - 1 NEWS Sport Reporter

Crusaders v Lions: Crusaders 13+
Sunwolves v Highlanders: Sunwolves 1-12
Hurricanes v Chiefs: Hurricanes 1-12

Victor Waters - Breakfast Sport Producer

Crusaders v Lions: Crusaders 13+
Sunwolves v Highlanders: Highlanders 1-12
Hurricanes v Chiefs: Hurricanes 13+

Scoreboard: Hall-Smith 68, Reich 67, Heveldt 62, Wilson 60, Preec 57, Saville 57, Knuckey 55, Lloyd 55, Stuart 55, Prendiville 53 Waters 53, Powell 48, Manukia 47, Malili 43, McKenzie 38

Crusaders players Pete Samu, Ryan Crotty and Seta Tamanivalu embrace after winning the 2018 Super Rugby final against the Lions at AMI Stadium in Christchurch. Source: Photosport