Crotty back at No.12 for Hurricanes clash

Thu, 11 May 2017 05:03
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Crusaders head coach Scott Robertson has named his side to play the Hurricanes this Saturday, and it includes just four changes to the 23-man team that beat the Bulls last weekend.

Joe Moody has rotated into the No.1 jersey this week, with Wyatt Crockett taking a spot on the bench. Also in the forward pack, hooker Ben Funnell returns to the 23 via the bench to provide cover for Codie Taylor.

In the backs, Ryan Crotty will start at inside centre this week, while Manasa Mataele comes into the reserves as backs cover.

Matt Todd will captain the side again this week, and will also have his 100th Super Rugby game (achieved against the Cheetahs in South Africa) recognised in front of the home crowd, with a post-match presentation. New Zealand Rugby will present Todd with a greenstone mere to mark his milestone.

Saturday's game promises to be a thrilling encounter with the Crusaders aiming to maintain their unbeaten record with their 11th straight win, while the Hurricanes have lost just one game this season to the Chiefs.  

Crusaders: 15 David Havili, 14 Seta Tamanivalu, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo'unga, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8 Jordan Taufua, 7 Matt Todd (captain), 6 Peter Samu, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody. 
Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Michael Alaalatoa, 19 Quinten Strange, 20 Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, 21 Bryn Hall, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 Manasa Mataele. 

Date: Saturday, May 13
Venue: AMI Stadium, Christchurch
Kick-off: 19.35 (07.35 GMT)
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Mike Fraser (New Zealand), Cam Stone (New Zealand)
TMO: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)

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