Crusaders team named for top-of-the-table clash with the Blues
- Published: Thursday, 09 July 2020 15:45
The Crusaders are preparing to host the Blues on Saturday night in a top-of-the-table encounter at Orangetheory Stadium. Crusaders Head Coach Scott Robertson has made few changes to the side that secured a bonus-point win against the Highlanders last weekend.
Ethan Blackadder sustained a knee injury at training last week and was ruled out of the match in Dunedin. His replacements, Sione Havili and Tom Sanders, will rotate this week, with Sanders to start and Havili named on the bench. The rest of the forward pack is unchanged.
In the backs, Bryn Hall and Mitch Drummond provide a dynamic 1-2 combination at halfback, with Hall to start and Drummond named in the reserves. There is also a reshuffle in the outside backs, with Leicester Faingaanuku replaced by George Bridge on the left wing, and Sevu Reece earning a start on the right wing. The in-form Will Jordan is set to provide impact off the bench.
Heading in to the bye next week, the Crusaders have an opportunity to extend their lead at the top of the standings table in Super Rugby Aotearoa, while a Blues win on Saturday night would see them overtake the home side at the halfway point in the competition.
Kick off in the Crusaders match against the Blues is 7:05pm, Saturday 11 July at Orangetheory Stadium in Christchurch. Tickets are strictly limited - click here to purchase.
Christchurch Boys' High School and St Andrew's College will play the curtain raiser to the Crusaders' game this week, with that match of the UC Championship competition due to kick off at 4:30pm.
Crusaders team to play the Blues:
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
13. Braydon Ennor
14. Sevu Reece
15. David Havili (VC)
16. Andrew Makalio
17. George Bower
18. Oliver Jager
19. Quinten Strange
20. Sione Havili
21. Mitchell Drummond
22. Fetuli Paea
23. Will Jordan
Crusaders Overpower Highlanders In Dunedin
- Published: Saturday, 04 July 2020 22:15
The Crusaders machine sits at the top of the Super Rugby Aotearoa ladder with a blockbuster against the Blues in store in Christchurch next Saturday.
In front of another bumper crowd of 19,875 at Forsyth Barr Stadium, the Crusaders prevailed 40-20 against the Highlanders on Saturday to cement their position as the team to beat.
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- Published: Thursday, 02 July 2020 15:32
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