Whitelock, Crotty return to battle Bulls
Cape Town - Crusaders head coach Scott Robertson has made five changes to
his starting line-up to take on the Bulls in Christchurch on Friday.
Kick-off is at 08:35 SA time.
The side has been boosted by the return of captain Sam Whitelock and
vice-captain Ryan Crotty from their respective concussions with
Whitelock coming in for Luke Romano in the second row and Crotty
replacing Tim Bateman at inside centre.
Prop Tim Perry also returns to the run-on side, having made a
successful return from injury for the Crusaders Knights in recent weeks.
Perry will start, and Wyatt Crockett takes a spot on the bench.
Flank Billy Harmon will earn his second start for the Crusaders on
Friday night - he replaces vice-captain Matt Todd, who took a knock to
the ribs and will be rested this week. The only other change to the
backline sees Manasa Mataele start on the right wing in place of Seta
On the replacements bench, Quinten Strange will wear the No 19
jersey this week, and Tom Sanders returns in jersey No 20 having
successfully recovered from the fractured ankle he sustained during the
Brett Cameron will again provide flyhalf cover on the bench, while
Braydon Ennor could earn his first Super Rugby cap on Friday night if
called on in the reserves.
This match will be their last game in Christchurch for three weeks,
as the team are due to fly out for the South African and Argentinian leg
of their Super Rugby campaign on Monday.
15 David Havili, 14 Manasa Mataele, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11
George Bridge, 10 Mitchell Hunt, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8 Jordan Taufua, 7 Billy
Harmon, 6 Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, 5 Sam Whitelock (captain), 4 Scott Barrett, 3
Michael Alaalatoa, 2 Codie Taylor 1 Tim Perry
Substitutes: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Oliver Jager, 19 Quinten
Strange, 20 Tom Sanders, 21 Bryn Hall, 22 Brett Cameron, 23 Braydon Ennor
15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Burger Odendaal
(captain), 11 Divan Rossouw, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Embrose Papier, 8 Tim Agaba,
7 Hanro Liebenberg, 6 Roelof Smit, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Trevor
Nyakane, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Pierre Schoeman
Substitutes: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Frans van Wyk, 19
Hendre Stassen, 20 Marco van Staden, 21 Ivan van Zyl, 22 Manie Libbok, 23