Super Rugby

Crusaders make one change for Cheetahs




Crusaders Super Rugby head coach Scott Robertson has named a team with one change for this Saturday’s match against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.

Robertson has named an unchanged forward pack from the starting fifteen that beat the Stormers in Christchurch last weekend, and has made just one change in the back line.

Bryn Hall will start in the number nine jersey this week, with Mitchell Drummond providing cover on the bench.  In the reserves, Andrew Makalio comes on to the bench, to cover Codie Taylor at hooker.

Loose forward Matt Todd will play his 100th Super Rugby game at number 7, having notched up 100 for the Crusaders last week against the Stormers (the extra Crusaders game being Crusaders vs England in 2014).

Robertson said he had no doubt that Todd would give his all on Saturday night, because that is what he does every time he plays: “Matt is an absolute work horse who gives full energy and commitment every time he takes the field -it wouldn’t matter if it was his first game or his 100th.

“We loved celebrating his Crusaders milestone with him last week and it will be special to see him notch up the tonne again this week in respect to Super Rugby games.”

Todd’s milestone will be marked by NZ Rugby with a presentation at the Crusaders’ next home game against the Hurricanes on 13 May.


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

Replacements : 16. Andrew Makalio ,17. Wyatt Crockett  ,18. Michael Alaalatoa ,19. Luke Romano  ,20. Pete Samu ,21. Mitchell Drummond , 22. Mitchell Hunt  , 23. Manasa Mataele

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