Crusaders head coach Todd Blackadder has named a Super Rugby team with just one change for this weekend;s Round 2 match against the Blues in Christchurch on Friday.
Blackadder’s one change to the team that played the Chiefs is on the replacements bench as Pete Samu comes in for Reed Prinsep, who is recovering from a head knock in the Chiefs match.
“While we didn’t get the result we wanted against the Chiefs last weekend, we actually felt really pleased with the team’s performance,” Blackadder said.
“The physicality and intent that the team showed for most of the game was fantastic, and we felt that we were dominant in many respects for a good portion of that game.”
“That is what makes the loss even more frustrating for the players though.
“We know that those players will only be more determined this week to take another step up, so we want to give them the opportunity to go out there and show what they are really capable of.”
1. Joe Moody,2. Codie Taylor,3. Owen Franks ,4. Scott Barrett,5. Samuel Whitelock (C),6. Jordan Taufua,7. Tim Boys,8. Kieran Read,9. Andy Ellis,10. Richie Mo’unga,11. Nemani Nadolo,12. Kieron Fonotia, 13. Sean Wainui,14. Jone Macilai,15. David Havili
Replacements : Ben Funnell, Wyatt Crockett, Mike Alaalatoa, Jimmy Tupou, Pete Samu, Leon Fukofuka, Ben Volavola, Johnny McNicholl