Crusaders cast the net wide

Thu, 20 Jun 2013 09:40
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Amidst the polar blast that is hitting New Zealand the Crusaders will head to Levin to face the Hurricanes in a non-competition friendly.

Amidst the polar blast that is hitting New Zealand the Crusaders will head to Levin to face the Hurricanes in a non-competition friendly.

The game will see coach Todd Blackadder give a number of his wider training group players a run - especially in the forward pack.

However, the backline has a familiar look to it.

Three club players who have showed form this season have had the call up as injury cover and make it onto the bench.

They are Matt Holloway and Matt Symons from High School Old Boys and Marcel Cumming-Toone from New Brighton.

Blackadder said he is pleased to be playing the Hurricanes during the June test window.

This non-competition match will provide both teams game time before heading back into the Super Rugby season next week.

The Crusaders are currently sitting sixth on the table and have three round robin matches left to play.

All three games are against New Zealand conference counterparts - kicking off with the Southern Derby in Dunedin against the Highlanders next Saturday, June 29.

"It is really important to keep our focus and momentum during this three week break," Blackadder said.

"Playing the Hurricanes will allow us to keep on top of our game and be fully prepared for the final three rounds of Super Rugby games," Blackadder added.

The Crusaders have met the Hurricanes twice this season.

Early in the year in Timaru the two played a pre-season match, where the Canes came out on top by one point.

That winning margin was repeated in Wellington on March 8 in their first competition encounter.

Looking ahead, the Crusaders will host their second derby match in Christchurch during the final round of the competition on Friday, July 12.

Crusaders: 15 Tom Marshall, 14 Adam Whitelock, 13 Robbie Fruean, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Zac Guildford, 10 Tom Taylor, 9 Willi Heinz, 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 Shane Christie, 6 George Whitelock (captain), 5 Tom Donnelly, 4 Jimmy Tupou, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Ben Funnell, 1 Joe Moody.
Replacements - from: Matt Holloway, Marcel Cumming-Toone, Adrian Barone, Jordan Taufua, Andy Ellis, Tyler Bleyendaal, Telusa Veianu, Kieron Fonotia, Joel Everson, Matt Symons.]

Date: Friday, June 21
Venue: Levin Domain, Levin
Kick-off: 18.45 (06.45 GMT
Referee: TBC

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Sat, 29 July 2017
Crusaders v Chiefs 07h35 Christchurch
Golden Lions v Griquas 10h00 Johannesburg
Lions v Hurricanes 12h30 Ellis Park
Sharks v Pumas 15h00 Durban
Sun, 30 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Western Province 12h30 Bloemfontein
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 23 July 2017
Pumas v Golden Lions 43 | 36
Sat, 22 July 2017
Griquas v Blue Bulls 45 | 51
Stormers v Chiefs 11 | 17
Lions v Sharks 23 | 21
Crusaders v Highlanders 17 | 0
Fri, 21 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Sharks 47 | 12
Brumbies v Hurricanes 16 | 35
Sat, 15 July 2017
Sharks v Lions 10 | 27
Bulls v Stormers 33 | 41
Force v Waratahs 40 | 11
Hurricanes v Crusaders 31 | 22
Chiefs v Brumbies 28 | 10
Sunwolves v Blues 43 | 21
Fri, 14 July 2017
Kings v Cheetahs 20 | 21
Rebels v Jaguares 29 | 32
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 15 6 0 9 34
Force 15 6 0 9 26
Reds 15 4 0 11 21
Waratahs 15 4 0 11 19
Rebels 15 1 1 13 9
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 15 14 0 1 63
Hurricanes 15 12 0 3 58
Chiefs 15 12 1 2 57
Highlanders 15 11 0 4 51
Blues 15 7 1 7 37
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 15 10 0 5 43
Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 21
Bulls 15 4 0 11 20
Sunwolves 15 2 0 13 12
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 15 14 0 1 65
Sharks 15 9 1 5 42
Jaguares 15 7 0 8 33
Kings 15 6 0 9 28