Carter back for Loftus clash

2012-04-05 12:36

Pretoria - The Crusaders have shown how seriously they are taking Saturday’s Loftus Versfeld showdown with the Vodacom Bulls by bringing back their kingpin “DC” – Dan Carter to resume the kicking duties for the team.

Carter played against the Lions last weekend but left the kicking duties to Tom Taylor, who did admirably as they swept aside an inept challenge from the Lions at Coca Cola Park.

But now with the Bulls ahead, and with the cannon boot of Morne Steyn to contend with, the Crusaders have dropped Taylor, brought in regular centre Ryan Crotty and given the responsibility back to the All Black flyhalf.

It seems the plan was always to have Carter back at full strength and now that they’re at altitude, they want their kingpin to have more of a controlling say in their game plan.

"We have seen through his actions this week that he is ready. I think last week it was a bit like having a toe in the water," Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder told Christchurch newspaper, The Press.

"Everyone expects big things from him but he is just normal, he just needed time in the saddle and to get a feel for things again. He probably got a good pass mark, but he is looking sharp this week."

According to the newspaper Carter looked comfortable in training sessions this week.

"That was always the plan," Blackadder said. "For the last month we have talked about this. Tom was doing a good job but he has still got a little bit to go.

"Ryan provides good leadership, is highly experienced and just gives us that punch. For these big games you need all the experience you can get out there."


15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies (captain), 7 Jacques Potgieter, 6 CJ Stander, 5 Juandre Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Dean Greyling

Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 Arno Botha, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Louis Fouche, 22 JJ Engelbrecht

15 Israel Dagg, 14 Sean Maitland, 13 Robbie Fruean, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Zac Guildford, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Matt Todd, 6 George Whitelock, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Wyatt Crockett

Substitutes: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Ben Franks, 18 Tom Donnelly, 19 Luke Whitelock, 20 Willi Heinz, 21 Tom Taylor, 22 Tom Marshall


  • Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-05 12:41

    WoW, looking at the Crusader team, all familiar names (I think most have played for the AB's) - OK, now the butterflies are starting, go my beloved Bulls team!!!!!!!!!! Just a win, even by ONE point

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-05 13:25

      @Raven, fully agree with you! A bonus point win against the 'Saders??? A 5 pointer will make me 'float' the rest of the week-end. Competitions best vs SA's best - I get goosies thinking about it.

      Priester - 2012-04-05 16:43

      This game is going to be one of the toughest games of the season! An excellent Saders team squaring up to the (still developing) mighty Bulls! Now is the time for Morne to proof his worth. Looking forward to a tremendous game. Good luck to all SA teams. Blou Bul Groete!

      hannes.handogg - 2012-04-05 16:50

      Neewat, julle sal die game vat. Carter het te lanklaas gejol. Ek het Bulle met 12 op Superbru. Sterkte. Stormers groete.

      Lion - 2012-04-05 16:54

      Howdy Rene... Raven? Julle het niks om te vrees nie. Die Bulle gaan hulle eet. Die "Stommes" game was die draaipunt in julle seisoen. Die Bulle gaan die koppie vat die jaar en sekere mense gaan weer hoog en droog sit en se watch ons volgende jaar. Bulle met 14+... GO BULLS!!!!

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-05 17:44

      @Lion, thanks man, kyk as daar een span is wat jy nooooit kan afskryf nie, is dit die Crusaders, 'vlugvoosheid, hoe druk', al daai dinge pla nooit. As ons die 'Saders kan wen, dan weet ek daar is hoop vir ons die seisoen. Gaan kyk maar in 2007, 2009 en 2010 - dit was die jare wat ons sukses teen hulle gehad het. Sterkte met jou span, ek GLO rerig hulle gaan dit maak die naweek!!

      Lion - 2012-04-05 19:44

      Thanks Raven & Rene Rene... Rugby is won by doing the business on the field and not by a name on a piece of paper.... This don't need to mention to you as you know your rugby. What I mean is that Dan showed last weekend that he is not the player he used to be before his injury. I said it last week that I don't understand why the Lions did not target him and have the big guys run hard at him. He is a yard or two slower than he was and obviously have the injury fresh in his mind and he is nursing it. It's human to nurse an injury upon return. I even had JimmyNZ swear at me for calling Dan slow and "fat"... Their back 3 is dangerous but the Bulls can match everything the Crusaders put on the field and even better it I think. They still however remain a dangerous outfit. I am very skeptic about the way it has been going for my team but I stand by them no matter what. I know that they will eventually turn their season around and shock some big teams but they need to wake up. We all know that there is still 11 weeks of rugby left and anything can happen in the space of a week or two. The games they have lost so far this season was within a few points. They haven't done that bad at all. It could have been a lot different if one or two of the close calls went our way in the end but that is rugby. Old story... the Lions are their own worst enemy. The Bulls will take the Cup this year. I have no doubts about that. They will get it right soon. Go LIONS/BULLS!!!!

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-05 19:59

      @Lion, die seisoen is nog lank en flippen baie kan nog gebeur. Take it easy met ou Jimmy, he's just as passionate and one of the few good guys on here! Anyway, solank jou span net nie besluit om 'te click' teen my span volgende week nie! Maar ek is 80% seker van 'n Lion wen die naweek. No jokes! Sterkte ne, en geniet dit!

  • Tertius - 2012-04-05 12:53

    i hope morne takes some kicking tips from carter!

      Tertius - 2012-04-05 13:08

      well, he hasn't brought it yet this season, i hope he didn't lose it.

      Papa-storm - 2012-04-05 13:28

      who is morne again?

      Papa-storm - 2012-04-05 14:10

      oooooooo die girl wat so nervous en mooi gelyk het in pienk met 14 ander girls op nuweland

      Pietie - 2012-04-05 14:15

      @JacoVintage Jy is n P03$!

      Pietie - 2012-04-05 14:38

      @JacoVintage Nee nie classy nie, n P03$!

      Papa-storm - 2012-04-05 14:46

      they looked like girls and they played like girls

      Lion - 2012-04-06 01:44

      Sê hom Pietie... wahahahaha Mooi gegooi my ou maat. Die ding is 'n pateet.

  • tamzinjm - 2012-04-05 13:21

    Now that DC is back (WOOP WOOP) feeling alot better about the game this weekend!! GO CRUSADERS!! May the best team win...GL :)))

  • Charl - 2012-04-05 14:25

    Best Fly half in the world

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