Crusaders change it up for Sharks

Wed, 03 Apr 2013 13:04
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Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder has made three changes to the starting fifteen of the team that will take on the Sharks.

Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder has made three changes to the starting fifteen of the team that will take on the Sharks in a Super Rugby crunch match in Durban on Friday.

Andy Ellis returns to scrumhalf, moving Willi Heinz to the bench.

Zac Guildford moves to the left wing to replace Johnny McNicholl, who fractured his fibula in last weekend's win over the Stormers.

Adam Whitelock takes Guilford's place on the right wing.
 
On the bench Telusa Veainu will have the opportunity to make his first appearance for the Crusaders if he makes it onto the field.

The Crusaders play their fourth consecutive South African side this weekend, when they meet the Sharks in Durban.

The Sharks are currently sitting near the top of the table, having won four out of five games and have come off a bye last week, so will be rested and rearing to go.

The two teams last met in 2011 in the play-offs, where the Crusaders won 36-8 securing a place in the semifinals.
 
Crusaders 15 Tom Marshall, 14 Adam Whitelock, 13 Robbie Fruean, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Zac Guildford, 10 Tyler Bleyendaal, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 Matt Todd, 6 George Whitelock (captain), 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Dominic Bird, 19 Jordan Taufua, 20 Willi Heinz, 21 Telusa Veainu, 22 Israel Dagg.

Date: Friday, April 5
Venue: Kings Park, Durban
Kick-off: 19.10 (17.10 GMT; 06.00, Saturday, April 6 NZ time)
Referee: Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Marius Jonker (South Africa), Reuben Rossouw (South Africa)
TMO: Deon van Blommestein (South Africa)

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