Super Rugby round 9 PICKS: Can the Crusaders fend off the Stormers and keep their unbeaten streak?

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Round nine of the Super Rugby season may not have any local derbies but it does involve some thrilling clashes and possible stages for upsets - the 1 NEWS sport crew gaze into their crystal balls once more to make sense of this week's upcoming madness.

Andrew Saville and Stephen Stuart digest another week of Super Rugby clashes with the odd opinion about the Lions squad thrown in too.
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How it works: 1 NEWS sports reporters will chip in their picks for matches involving New Zealand sides each round with each adding a little insight into the choice involving their side. A correct result will give them two points and a correct margin a bonus point!

Round 9

Hurricanes v Brumbies
Highlanders v Sunwolves
Crusaders v Stormers
Force v Chiefs

The younger Barrett brother has set the early rounds of Super Rugby alight for the Hurricanes.
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Andrew Saville - 1 NEWS Blues reporter, sports presenter

Hurricanes v Brumbies: Hurricanes 13+
Highlanders v Sunwolves: Highlanders 13+

Crusaders v Stormers: Crusaders 1-12
"The Crusaders are re-forging an impressive home record, not to mention several All Blacks back in a Test-laden pack. Should be too good for the new look Stormers."

Force v Chiefs: Chiefs 13+

Stephen Stuart -  1 NEWS Sports reporter

Hurricanes v Brumbies: Hurricanes 13+
Highlanders v Sunwolves: Highlanders 13+
Crusaders v Stormers: Crusaders 1-12

Force v Chiefs: Chiefs 13+
"In the past, you would've looked at this as a possible banana skin game coming home after a long trip but the Force only just beat the Kings last week and the Chiefs and they will want to be keeping in touch with the Crusaders in the NZ conference."

John McKenzie - 1 NEWS Hurricanes reporter

Hurricanes v Brumbies: Hurricanes 13+
"The Brumbies are falling apart, while the Hurricanes just continue to roll."

Highlanders v Sunwolves: 13+
Crusaders v Stormers: Stormers 1-12
Force v Chiefs: Force 1-12

Matt Manukia - 1 NEWS league reporter

Hurricanes v Brumbies: Hurricanes 13+
Highlanders v Sunwolves: Highlanders 13+
Crusaders v Stormers: Crusaders 13+
Force v Chiefs: Chiefs 13+

Matt Hall Smith - 1 NEWS South Island sport reporter

Hurricanes v Brumbies: 13+

Highlanders v Sunwolves: 13+
"You'd be mad to take the Highlanders anything but 13+. The only positive for the Sunwolves is the return of Fumiaki Tanaka who returns to play his old team."

Crusaders v Stormers: 1-12
"It's going to be hard for the Stormers to come into Christchurch and tip up what is a very resilient Crusaders outfit. They're running in tries each week and it'll be hard for the Stormers to halt that momentum, especially at home."

Force v Chiefs: Chiefs 1-12

Brodyn Knuckey - 1 NEWS sport producer

Hurricanes v Brumbies: Hurricanes 13+

Highlanders v Sunwolves: Highlanders 13+
"Perfect re-entry environment for Waisake Noholo. Look for the big man to have a bruising day against a frail Sunwolves defence."

Crusaders v Stormers: Crusaders 13+
Force v Chiefs: Chiefs 1-12

Josh Reich - 1 NEWS NOW homepage editor

Hurricanes v Brumbies: Hurricanes 13+
Highlanders v Sunwolves: Highlanders 13+
Crusaders v Stormers: Crusaders 1-12
Force v Chiefs: Chiefs 13+

Faleatua Malili - 1 NEWS sport producer

Hurricanes v Brumbies: Hurricanes 13+
Highlanders v Sunwolves: Highlanders 13+
Crusaders v Stormers: Crusaders 1-12
Force v Chiefs: Chiefs 13+

Scoreboard: Reich 64, Saville 59, Stuart 57, Malili 55, Knuckey 54, Manukia 53, Hall-Smith 50, McKenzie 49

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