Crusaders stalwart Sam Whitelock is set to become the seventh player to bring up his 150th game for the club, when he takes the field in Hamilton on Saturday night. Head Coach Scott Robertson has named his side for the Round 8 match against the Chiefs, and Whitelock, now in his 11th Super Rugby season, has also been named Vice-Captain for his milestone match.
Crusaders Beat Chiefs In Hamilton
- Published: Saturday, 01 August 2020 21:44
The Crusaders have one hand on the Super Rugby Aotearoa title after a bounce-back win in Hamilton, as yet another controversial refereeing call thwarted the Chiefs’ chances.
Crusaders team named to play the Chiefs in Hamilton
- Published: Thursday, 30 July 2020 15:30
Hurricanes beat Crusaders In Thriller
The Hurricanes have done what no team has pulled off in more than four years – beat the Crusaders on their home patch.
A Wes Goosen brace, and five Jordie Barrett penalty goals, powered them to a memorable 34-32 upset in Christchurch on Saturday night.
Crusaders team named to play the Hurricanes in Christchurch
Crusaders Head Coach Scott Robertson has named his team to play the Hurricanes in Christchurch on Saturday night, and there are just two injury-enforced changes from the starting side that defeated the Blues in round five.
Vice-Captain David Havili has been ruled out for the season after fracturing the base of his right thumb against the Blues, meaning the competition's leading try scorer, Will Jordan, will start at fullback.
Jack Goodhue joins Whetukamokamo Douglas as Vice-Captain in Havili's absence, and is set to partner with Fetuli Paea in the midfield this week, after centre Braydon Ennor was ruled out with a toe injury. Brett Cameron and Leicester Fainga'anuku have both joined the playing 23 this week, and will provide cover on the bench.
The Crusaders and Hurricanes are currently sitting first and third on the Investec Super Rugby Aotearoa standings table. While the Crusaders have won the last six Super Rugby matches between the sides, it was the Hurricanes who handed the Crusaders their last loss at home in 2016.
Kick off in the Crusaders match against the Hurricanes is 7:05pm, Saturday 25 July at Orangetheory Stadium in Christchurch. Tickets are still available - click here to purchase.
Crusaders team to play the Hurricanes:
1. Joe Moody
2. Codie Taylor (C)
3. Michael Alaalatoa
4. Samuel Whitelock
5. Mitchell Dunshea
6. Tom Sanders
7. Tom Christie
8. Whetukamokamo Douglas (VC)
9. Bryn Hall
10. Richie Mo'unga
11. George Bridge
12. Jack Goodhue (VC)
13. Fetuli Paea
14. Sevu Reece
15. Will Jordan
16. Andrew Makalio
17. George Bower
18. Oliver Jager
19. Quinten Strange
20. Sione Havili
21. Mitchell Drummond
22. Brett Cameron
23. Leicester Fainga'anuku
Crusaders Power Home To Beat Blues
They came, they saw, but they could not conquer.
The Crusaders remain the benchmark, having beaten the Blues 26-15 on a frigid Christchurch Saturday night.