Finally the start of the 2007 Super 14 is here and the Crusaders host the Brumbies in Christchurch to kick off the season.
Will the Crusaders return to the form expected from them? Not that ending third on the log is bad it’s is just NOT in keeping with a position that six time winners and two time runners up would be expected to be.
Or Will the Brumbies surprise us and pull off a win away from home with a completely new look team ?
Let the games begin?
Kick Off is at 08:35 SA Time in Christchurch.
Referee: Mark Lawrence (South Africa)
TJ’s: Phillip Bosch (South Africa), Vinny Munro (New Zealand)
TMO: Kane McBride (New Zealand)
Starting XV: 15 Leon MacDonald, 14 Kade Poki, 13 Casey Laulala, 12 Stephen Brett, 11 Scott Hamilton, 10 Daniel Carter, 9 Kahn Fotuali’i, 8 Mose Tuiali’i, 7 Richard McCaw (captain), 6 Kieran Read, 5 Ali Williams, 4 Brad Thorn, 3 Greg Somerville, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Ben Franks.
Replacements: 16 Ti’i Paulo, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Michael Paterson, 19 Nasi Manu, 20 Andrew Ellis, 21 Tim Bateman, 22 Sean Maitland.
Starting XV:15 Julian Huxley, 14 Mark Gerrard, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Gene Fairbanks, 11 Peter Playford, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 Joshua Holmes, 8 Stephen Hoiles, 7 George Smith (captain), 6 Jone Tawake, 5 Adam Wallace-Harrison, 4 Alister Campbell, 3 Guy Shepherdson, 2 Huia Edmonds, 1 Nic Henderson.
Replacements: 16 Saia Faingaa 17 Salesi Ma’afu 18 Peter Kimlin 19. Julian Salvi 20 Patrick Phibbs 21 Tyrone Smith 22 Francis Fainifo.Tweet