McCaw back for CT crusade

2011-06-30 07:02

Wellington - The Crusaders will be boosted by the return of captain Richie McCaw for their Super rugby semi-final clash against the Stormers in Cape Town this weekend, the New Zealand club said on Thursday.

The All Blacks flanker had been on the treatment table after suffering a stress fracture of the foot in the last-kick defeat by the Reds in Brisbane on May 29.

However, McCaw has been cleared to start ahead of Matt Todd at Newlands, the seven-times champion Crusaders said in a statement.

Number eight Kieran Read also returns from an ankle injury for the Cape Town crunch match, the winners of which move on to face either the Reds or the Blues in the final.

McCaw's addition is the only change to the Crusaders side which feasted on the Sharks 36-8 last weekend and hooker Corey Flynn will mark a milestone with his 100th game for the side.

The Crusaders will not be able to call on Israel Dagg (thigh) and Adam Whitelock (chest muscle) for the semi-final, however.

Stormers head coach Allister Coetzee has looked to add experience to what will be an intense contest by bringing back full-back Conrad Jantjes into the starting line-up.

Coetzee is banking on Jantjes's defensive qualities to bolster his side's backline, with Juan de Jongh moving to the bench.

The selection of flanker Nick Koster is the other major switch, coming in for the injured Duane Vermeulen.

"The Crusaders have class all over the pitch and we know the huge challenge that they pose," Coetzee said. "Our physical intensity will have to be massive for the full 80 minutes."


15 Conrad Jantjes, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Jean de Villiers, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nick Koster, 7 Francois Louw, 6 Schalk Burger (captain), 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Rynhardt Elstadt, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 Wicus Blaauw

Substitutes: 16 Deon Fourie, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Anton van Zyl, 19 Schalk Brits, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Juan de Jongh, 22 Johann Sadie

15 Tom Marshall, 14 Sean Maitland, 13 Robbie Fruean, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Zac Guildford, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (capt), 6 George Whitelock, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Brad Thorn, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Wyatt Crockett

Substitutes: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Ben Franks, 18 Luke Romano, 19 Matt Todd, 20 Kahn Foutali'i, 21 Matt Berquist, 22 Ryan Crotty


  • Marcell - 2011-06-30 07:13

    Een ding wat seker. Saterdag gaan die span wat dit die meeste wil he wen. Al die praatjies gaan dan tot 'n einde kom vir 80 min. Daarna sal ons al die hoekoms en waaroms hoor. Dink net......stilte van 80 min. Iets on te ervaar. Mag die beste span wen. M A G D I T D I E C R U S A D E R S W E E S ! ! ! ! p.s Net omdat hulle 'n beter span is!

      Ace Ventura - 2011-06-30 07:26


      WPBEFONK - 2011-06-30 07:39

      @Marcell - And the STORMERS are ALREADY BOOSTED by the return of the GREAT Schalk Britz. Come Saturday, it's gonna be TOUGH, but we are going to GRIND the HELL out of the Crusaders. They're a GREAT team, make no mistake, but we BELIEVE in our systems. Stormers by 9. Stormers 25 -Crusaders 16 Stormers Jou LEKKA DENG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      WPBEFONK - 2011-06-30 07:47

      @Ace Ventura - KNATER!!!!

      jk - 2011-06-30 08:20


      Frik - 2011-06-30 08:56

      Dink dit gaan naby wees maar Crusaders gaan stoffer harte breek...

      Rob van den Heuvel - 2011-06-30 09:15

      Best thing about having Brits on the bench as an impact player is that he is a relative unknown quantity, Saders won't know what to expect from him.

  • ssrabits - 2011-06-30 07:21

    Stormers will win now. Notice how the Saders play well without McCaw. He isnt playing his usual best rugby at the moment and theres no doubt he will be giving a million penalties at the breakdown that will cost the saders

      Rob van den Heuvel - 2011-06-30 09:16

      While Read has been named in the squad, I suspect he may be bringing a small injury ( niggle ) into the game...

  • Hein - 2011-06-30 07:27

    Van 'n rasegte BULLS ondersteuner - My beste wense vergesel die Stormers SPAN op die veld - ek hoop julle kan dit deurtrek. Sorry vir die bergbokkejane (ondersteuners) ek voel vere vir julle.

  • Frans - 2011-06-30 07:44

    The perception of McCaw giving away penalties is firmly imbedded and the irony is that this is excactly why is the most influential and brilliant looseward that ever graced our planet. If your are not testing the boundaries as a loosward what are you then trying to do, play rather ping pong. Most of the refs are watching him like a hawk and obviously they going to punish him and sometimes they will have a brain explosion like our good friend Stuey. Talking about brain explosions. Please explain to me why did Bismarck slipped his bind and went for Correy Flynn, in that now infamous scrum when Bryce Lawrence penalised them. I except the fact that there was poor communication etc, but no one seems to noticed what happened with old Bismarck.

      Kok - 2011-06-30 08:12

      McCaw will be MOTM

      Shistirrer - 2011-06-30 13:22

      Moffie Of The Month?

  • JJRR - 2011-06-30 07:49

    Hierdie berg gaan te steil wees om te klim! SADERS met 26! hahahahaha

      WPBEFONK - 2011-06-30 08:02

      Stormers by 9!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Kok - 2011-06-30 08:12

      SAders by 10

      jk - 2011-06-30 08:21


  • Kok - 2011-06-30 08:10

    Captain McAwesome. Crusaders to win by 10.

      RedAlert - 2011-06-30 09:02


      jk - 2011-06-30 10:52

      kok-i hope you not running away on monday, and defend your stupid statements..

      Rob van den Heuvel - 2011-06-30 11:19

      @Kok - Richie was once a great player, have not seen that same form all season, cant see him pulling it off in the semi, sorry!

      Shistirrer - 2011-06-30 13:16

      RedAlert, shut up, niemand het gevra wat jou IK is nie.

  • Tombstone - 2011-06-30 08:12

    Doesnt matter if McCaw is back Stormers will lose anyway

  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-30 08:14

    I say again. Kieran should captain the Saders, as he has done 90% of the season. Going to be tough for Richie to return to the field with no match fitness, not much form (going on the times he did play), no real 'contact' with the refs anymore....and then still having to make all the on-field decisions as captain in a semi-final? I reckon the Saders have left Matt Todd on the bench for a reason though - to counter the impact some of the Stormers bench players will have (Brits, Fourie etc) - but still, they could have started Richie but left Kieran captain I reckon. Anyways, wherever ones allegiance lies, no denying the Saders are a great team. Those writing off the Stormers so vehemently - I suggest you chaps do some reading and analysis. This game dear haters, is by no means 'won or lost' just either team.

      Marcell - 2011-06-30 08:33

      A lot of decisions to make? Keep the ball and score tries. They know that before they go onto Crusader Parks turf.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-30 08:47

      yes @Marcell......and you are speaking from your experience as captain of the Vetagterbaksexpatbrannassuipingverkramp 15 I take it?

      Maori - 2011-06-30 09:08

      Saffa-Cat, do not call Marcell "agterbaks" - you clearly recognise your traits in another person. Talk rugby please - we all know that Newlands will be transformed into a sea of red jerseys coming Saturday. I'm warning those Stormer supporters who dare boo our team or Carter's goal kicking - this time we are prepared to spill blood for the cause. Be warned, be afraid, the Saders are here!

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-30 09:28

      @Maori? Spill blood for the cause? What cause? Are you mentally retarded? You ask me to "speak rugby", yet you are threatening violence in the name of a cause that is secret? You tell me not to BOO Carter, yet you chaps swear, spit on, heckle and boo every Stormer player? Retardation knows no creed, colour or religion mate. It's the luck of the genetic draw.

      Staalbal - 2011-06-30 10:05

      @ Maori You are a sad little boy with an identity crises. You need help. Do you even realise that the Crusaders have got a racial policy concerning Maori players? Only 3 or 4 may be selected. Why don't you and the rest of your traitorous buffoons get the hell out of CT. Idiots like you make me sick.

      Raptor - 2011-06-30 12:50

      @Maori DUMBASS......people like you they should actually ban @ rugby matches.....are you sure you are NOT in actual fact a SOCCER supporter? ...oh sorry you should have to have a brain for that function......

  • jk - 2011-06-30 08:23

    all the talk and debate can stop now, everything been said and done, time for action, doesnt matter if dewies doesnt play or mccaw is ready, time to go out and win this thing! all has been debated over and over...

      Marcell - 2011-06-30 08:34

      Time to make sure you have enough papsakke and tissues!

      Maori - 2011-06-30 08:40

      JK, what is your point? Come now mate, say it!

      jk - 2011-06-30 10:55

      maori-nothing left to say seun, nothing..

  • Maori - 2011-06-30 08:37

    Welcome back to the great Richie! Hier kom groot k.k. The combination of Kieran and Richie will be crucial at the breakdown points - I imagine Skalk is wetting his pants right now- dom player, just very strong and dangerous! Come Saturday, Saders by 11. When Todd appears in the 55th minute, he will finish the havoc around the fringes and through the middle. Cannot wait for Thorn to teach Bekkertjie morals - even in rugby.

      Marcell - 2011-06-30 08:46

      Some of them are not teach-able.

  • Staalbal - 2011-06-30 10:22

    "This country has a long way to go to be the perfectly balanced utopia that we hope for, but the Cape Crusaders symbolize nothing but a handbrake to such a process. They are no different to those people who used to bring the old South African flag to the sporting stadiums in the late 90’s. We seem to have done away with those relics of yesteryear who failed to embrace our new democracy – the Cape Crusaders should be next to go as we continue to build as a nation and move away from a troubled past towards a fantastic future." ( Could not have put it better myself. GO STORMERS!!!!!!!

  • Coenza - 2011-06-30 10:40

    Go Stormers

  • jk - 2011-06-30 10:54

    marcell, why dont you and all the other sad sods go and play on the N1??

      Shistirrer - 2011-06-30 13:21

      marcell, RedAlert and maori is/are the same troll. For all the Afrikaans speakers one this forum: marcell, RedAlert and maori is almal dieselfde drol.

  • BENNA - 2011-06-30 15:19

    Well I am so glad that Rihcie is playing - the Stormers will get at least 4 penalties going their way!!

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