BNZ Crusaders team named to play the Chiefs in Hamilton
- Published: 31 May 2018
The BNZ Crusaders travel to Hamilton on Friday, ahead of their match against the Chiefs on Saturday night. This week 16 fixture will be the last round of the Investec Super Rugby competition before teams break for the June international window.
Head Coach Scott Robertson has named his side for the match, which sees a reshuffle in both the loose forwards and the midfield, from the side that took the field against the Hurricanes last week.
Prop Joe Moody returns, joining Codie Taylor and Michael Alaalatoa in the front row. Wyatt Crockett, in his 200th Crusaders game, will provide cover on the bench.
Scott Barrett is set to play his 50th Crusaders game on Saturday night, and will line up alongside Quinten Strange at lock. Matt Todd will again resume the captaincy this week.
Jordan Taufua - who was a late withdrawal last week due to a tight calf - will line up at No. 8, which means Heiden Bedwell-Curtis moves to blindside flanker. Ethan Blackadder will provide cover on the bench, in place of Pete Samu.
TIm Bateman has been replaced in the midfield this week due to a hamstring injury, with Jack Goodhue to start at second five-eighth and Seta Tamanivalu moving in-field to centre. Following his successful return to club rugby last weekend, Israel Dagg takes a spot on the right wing.
This week the BNZ Crusaders will also welcome back winger Jone Macilai, to the match day side. Macilai makes a successful return from injury and will wear the No. 23 jersey.
Kick off is 7:35pm, Saturday 2 June, at FMG Stadium in Hamilton.
BNZ Crusaders team to play the Chiefs:
|1. Joe Moody||RESERVES|
|2. Codie Taylor (VC)||16. Andrew Makalio|
|3. Michael Alaalatoa||17. Wyatt Crockett|
|4. Scott Barrett||18. Donald Brighouse|
|5. Quinten Strange||19. Luke Romano|
|6. Heiden Bedwell-Curtis||20. Ethan Blackadder|
|7. Matt Todd (C)||21. Mitchell Drummond|
|8. Jordan Taufua||22. Mitchell Hunt|
|9. Bryn Hall||23. Jone Macilai|
|10. Richie Mo'unga|
|11. George Bridge|
|12. Jack Goodhue|
|13. Seta Tamanivalu|
|14. Israel Dagg|
|15. David Havili|
The BNZ Crusaders' next home game will be played during the June international window, 7:35pm, Friday 15 June, against a French Barbarians side. Click here to purchase tickets.
Tickets for all of the BNZ Crusaders 2018 Investec Super Rugby games are available via www.ticketdirect.co.nz, or at one of Ticket Direct's official outlets. Please avoid purchasing tickets through resale sites such as Viagogo, as these tickets won't be accepted at AMI Stadium.