Crusaders unchanged for Hurricanes semi-final
Cape Town - Crusaders coach Scott Robertson has named an unchanged starting XV for Saturday's Super Rugby semi-final against the Hurricanes in Christchurch.
Kick-off is scheduled for 09:35 (SA time).
The Crusaders beat the Highlanders 38-14 in their quarter-final last weekend.
The match-day squad includes 27-year old loose forward Jordan Taufua, who has been named on the bench for this game in what will be his 100th appearance for the Crusaders. Tim Perry, who was ruled out of last week's quarter-final, is once again unavailable for this match due to an arm injury.
"We've really enjoyed this week, the group came in excited to have earned another opportunity to play at home, and we've prepared accordingly for this quality Hurricanes side. They're well-coached, with genuine attacking threats across the park, so we know there is a massive challenge ahead of us this weekend,” Robertson told the Crusaders' official website.
"We're also really proud of Jordan, who'll become the 18th Crusader to play 100 games for the club. He's been a loyal Crusader for a number of years now and sharing this milestone with him on Saturday night will certainly add to the occasion for our squad, and our fans.
"The game has been well supported, and we're going to need every single one of our fans to get behind this team on Saturday night - we look forward to seeing them there in numbers!" Robertson said.
15 David Havili, 14 Sevu Reece, 13
Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9
Bryn Hall, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Whetukamokamo Douglas, 5 Sam
Whitelock (captain), 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1
Substitutes: 16 Andrew Makalio, 17 George Bower, 18
Michael Alaalatoa, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Jordan Taufua, 21 Mitchell
Drummond, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 Braydon Ennor
Jordie Barrett, 14 Salesi Rayasi, 13 Peter Umaga-Jensen, 12 Ngani
Laumape, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Gareth Evans, 7
Ardie Savea, 6 Reed Prinsep, 5 Isaia Walker-Leawere, 4 James Blackwell,
3 Jeff To’omaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles (captain), 1 Toby Smith
16 Asafo Aumua, 17 Xavier Numia, 18 Ben May, 19 Kane Le’aupepe, 20 Vaea
Fifita, 21 Richard Judd, 22 James Marshall, 23 Jonah Lowe