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Crusaders unchanged for Chiefs in Semi-Final

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 22: Samuel Whitelock of the Crusaders (R) and his team mates celebrate scoring a try during the Super Rugby Quarter Final match between the Crusaders and the Highlanders at AMI Stadium on July 22, 2017 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)

Crusaders Super Rugby head coach Scott Robertson has retained the team that beat the Highlanders for this Saturday’s home Super Rugby Semi-final against the Chiefs.

Robertson has kept the side unchanged as they look for back to back victories that would put the Crusaders into the final.

It is the third time in Super Rugby history that these two teams have faced off in a semi-final, and the Chiefs have come our the victors on both of those previous occasions. But Crusaders Head Coach Scott Robertson says this is a different time and different circumstances.

“They used their homeground advantage on those occasions, but this time we have earned the chance to play in front of our own supporters and that means a lot to us. To see so many of our supporters still come out to the game last weekend in such miserable conditions was humbling, so that is even more motivation for the team to put on a performance to make the fans proud this Saturday night,” Robertson said.

Crusaders

1. Joe Moody , 2. Codie Taylor , 3. Owen Franks , 4. Scott Barrett , 5. Sam Whitelock (C), 6. Jordan Taufua, 7. Matt Todd (VC), 8. Kieran Read, 9. Bryn Hall, 10. Richie Mo’unga, 11. Seta Tamanivalu , 12. Ryan Crotty (VC) , 13. Jack Goodhue, 14. Israel Dagg, 15. David Havili,

Replacements: 16. Ben Funnell , 17. Wyatt Crockett, 18. Michael Alaalatoa, 19. Luke Romano , 20. Pete Samu, 21. Mitchell Drummond, 22. Mitchell Hunt, 23. George Bridge,