Aaron Cruden could very well be the man to sink the Crusaders this coming Friday evening. Photo by Getty Images.
The Crusaders team that beat the Bulls in last weekend’s qualifier match will get another chance to prove they are finals quality this Friday night. Crusaders Head Coach Todd Blackadder has made just one change to his team to take on the Chiefs in Hamilton.
Ben Franks will start in the number three jersey this week and brother, Owen, will rotate to the bench.
Kieran Read is still unavailable for selection this week as he is not fully recovered from the rib injury sustained last time the Crusaders played the Chiefs. That means captain Richie McCaw will again play at number eight and Matt Todd at seven.
The Crusaders have had a loss and a win to the Chiefs in the regular season this year. The winner of this game will progress to the final, against either the Stormers or the Sharks.
Crusaders team to play the Chiefs:
1. Wyatt Crockett, 2. Corey Flynn, 3. Ben Franks, 4. Luke Romano, 5. Samuel Whitelock, 6. George Whitelock, 7. Matt Todd, 8. Richie McCaw (Captain), 9. Andy Ellis, 10. Dan Carter (vc), 11. Zac Guildford, 12. Ryan Crotty, 13. Robbie Fruean, 14. Adam Whitelock, 15. Israel Dagg.
Reserves: 16. Quentin MacDonal, 17. Owen Franks, 18. Tom Donnelly, 19. Luke Whitelock, 20. Willi Hein, 21. Tom Taylor, 22. Sean Maitland.
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