Crusaders shake up team for trip to Brisbane
Christchurch - Crusaders coach Scott Robertson has named his team for Saturday's Super Rugby clash against the Reds in Brisbane (kick-off 10:45 SA time).
Robertson has made five changes to the starting side that defeated
the Hurricanes 38-22 in Christchurch last weekend.
The tight five
remains the same, but in the loose forwards Tom Sanders earns his first
start of the 2019 season in the No 6 jersey, with Jordan Taufua moving to
In the backline, Mitch Drummond and Bryn Hall swap
this week, so that Drummond starts at scrumhalf. Tim Bateman also steps
in at inside centre in the absence of vice-captain Ryan Crotty, who
is on an All Blacks rest week and won't travel to Brisbane.
Braydon Ennor will return to the starting team in
Brisbane, replacing the injured Manasa Mataele on the right wing.
final change sees Will Jordan, who turned 21 on Sunday, earn his first
Super Rugby start at fullback, with David Havili providing cover on the bench.
15 Bryce Hegarty, 14 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 13 Jordan Petaia, 12 Samu
Kerevi (captain), 11 Sefa Naivalu, 10 Hamish Stewart, 9 Moses Sorovi, 8 Angus
Scott-Young, 7 Liam Wright, 6 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 5 Harry Hockings, 4
Izack Rodda, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1 Feao Fotuaika
Substitutes: 16 Alex Mafi, 17 JP Smith, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Caleb Timu, 20 Scott
Higginbotham, 21 Tate McDermott, 22 Duncan Paia’aua, 23 Isaac Lucas
15 Will Jordan, 14 Braydon Ennor, 13 Jack
Goodhue, 12 Tim Bateman, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9
Mitchell Drummond, 8 Whetukamokamo Douglas, 7 Matt Todd (captain), 6 Tom
Sanders, 5 Quinten Strange, 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Andrew
Makalio, 1 Joe Moody
Substitutes: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Harry Allan, 18 Michael Alaalatoa, 19 Luke
Romano, 20 Jordan Taufua, 21 Bryn Hall, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 David