The BNZ Crusaders have secured a home Quarter Final, and will host the Sharks at AMI Stadium on Saturday night. It is the first time the two sides have met since round five of the 2016 season, and the first time since 2014 that the Sharks have played in Christchurch. 

Head Coach Scott Robertson has named his team for the knock-out fixture, and it includes three changes in the forwards and two in the backs from the side that defeated the Blues last week.

All Blacks front-rowers Codie Taylor and Owen Franks return to the starting line-up at hooker and tighthead respectively, meaning Andrew Makalio and Michael Alaalatoa move to the reserves bench.

Scott Barrett also returns from a rest week to resume his role at lock, and Luke Romano will once again provide cover on the bench. The loose forward trio of Jordan Taufua, Matt Todd and Kieran Read remains unchanged this week, with Read having recovered from the wrist/thumb injury he sustained against the Blues. 

Bryn Hall and Mitchell Drummond will again switch for this game, so that Hall takes the starting spot at halfback and Drummond moves to the bench. The only other change sees David Havili rejoin the squad at fullback in place of Israel Dagg. 

Kick off is 7:35pm, Saturday 21 July, at AMI Stadium in Christchurch.

 


BNZ Crusaders team to play the Sharks:

1.   Tim Perry RESERVES
2.   Codie Taylor 16.  Andrew Makalio
3.   Owen Franks 17.  Wyatt Crockett
4.   Scott Barrett 18.  Michael Alaalatoa
5.   Sam Whitelock (C) 19.  Luke Romano
6.   Jordan Taufua 20.  Pete Samu
7.   Matt Todd (VC) 21.  Mitchell Drummond
8.   Kieran Read 22.  Mitchell Hunt
9.   Bryn Hall 23.  Manasa Mataele
10. Richie Mo'unga  
11. George Bridge  
12. Ryan Crotty (VC)  
13. Jack Goodhue  
14. Seta Tamanivalu  
15. David Havili  



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 the stadium.