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    Whitelock to lead Crusaders

    2013-03-27 22:01
    Cape Town - Flank George Whitelock will lead the Crusaders in the absence of the injured Kieran Reid when they face the Stormers at Newlands on Saturday night.

    According to the Rugby365 website, coach Todd Blackadder on Wednesday made four changes to the team that beat the Kings 55-20 in Christchurch last week.

    Luke Whitelock comes in at No 8 while Tyler Bleyendaal replaces Dan Carter at flyhalf. Carter stayed in New Zealand as his wife is expecting their first child.

    Israel Dagg returns to fullback, moving Tom Marshall back to the wing and Zac Guildford to the bench.

    Centre Ryan Crotty will also be playing his 50th Super Rugby game for the Crusaders.

    The Crusaders are currently fifth on the overall log with two wins and two losses, while the Stormers lie eighth, two log points behind the New Zealanders.

    Kick-off at Newlands is at 19:10 on Saturday.

    Teams:

    Stormers:

    15. Joe Pietersen, 14. Gio Aplon, 13. Juan de Jongh, 12. Jean de Villiers (captain), 11. Gerhard van den Heever, 10. Elton Jantjies, 9. Dewaldt Duvenage, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Rynhardt Elstadt, 6. Siya Kolisi, 5. Andries Bekker, 4. De Kock Steenkamp, 3. Frans Malherbe, 2. Deon Fourie, 1. Pat Cilliers

    Substitutes: 16. Martin Bezuidenhout, 17. Brok Harris, 18. Don Armand, 19. Nizaam Carr, 20. Nic Groom, 21. Damian de Allende, 22. Jaco Taute

    Crusaders:

    15 Israel Dagg. 14 Tom Marshall, 13 Robbie Fruean, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Johnny McNicholl, 10 Tyler Bleyendaal, 9 Willi Heinz, 8 Luke Whitelock  7 Matt Todd, 6 George Whitelock (captain), 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano , 3 Owen Franks 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Wyatt Crockett

    Substitutes: 16 Benn Funnell, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Dominic Bird, 19 Jordan Taufua, 20 Andy Ellis, 21 Adam Whitelock, 22 Zac Guildford

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