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Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news, Super 14 on 10 Apr 2008 at 10:51
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Reuben Thorne returns to the Crusaders captaincy for the first time in two years while flanker George Whitelock will make his Super 14 rugby debut against the Lions in Christchurch on Saturday.

Report courtesy News24.

There are eight personnel changes and one positional switch to the starting 15 who accounted for the Hurricanes 20-13 in Wellington two weeks ago. The Crusaders had a bye last week.

The changes have been forced for a variety of reasons, including injury with fullback Le on MacDonald (thigh muscle) and flyhalf Daniel Carter (ankle) not available.

Lock Brad Thorn (calf) and centre Stephen Brett (shoulder) are still in doubt but have been named on the reserve bench. Decisions on them will be left closer to kickoff.

If Thorn is ruled out by his niggling calf complaint, Ross Filipo will make his return from the bench after missing the first section of the campaign due to a neck injury.

Two players, winger Kade Poki and halfback Kahn Fotuali’i, have been stood down from the playing 22 under internal team protocols, after missing a training session last week.

Halfback Steve Alfeld, from the wider training group has been named among the reserves.

Hamish Gard will make his first start at first flyhalf while wingers Sean Maitland and Caleb Ralph are the other personnel changes from the backline which started at Wellington.

Scott Hamilton moves from the wing to fullback.

Up front, the selection of Whitelock on the side of the scrum, and Thorne as captain, lightens the load on regular skipper Richard McCaw, who has been rested.

The other changes among the forwards see lock Michael Paterson promoted from the bench, while hooker Ti’i Paulo and loosehead prop Wyatt Crockett take over in the front row from Corey Flynn and Ben Franks respectively.

Crusaders: Scott Hamilton, Sean Maitland, Casey Laulala, Tim Bateman, Caleb Ralph, Hamish Gard, Andrew Ellis, Mose Tuiali’i, George Whitelock, Reuben Thorne (captain), Ali Williams, Michael Paterson, Greg Somerville, Ti’i Paulo, Wyatt Crockett.

Reserves: Corey Flynn, Ben Franks, Brad Thorn, Nasi Manu, Steve Alfeld, Stephen Brett, Kieran Read.



46 Comments

  • Send a B-side to play a B-side.

  • Comment 1, posted at 10.04.08 11:02:18 by robd'ylan Reply
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  • I secretely wish for some magic…imagine the Lions pull a rabit from the top hat??? :mrgreen: :mrgreen: That would be WAY c’ool!!! :wink:

  • Comment 2, posted at 10.04.08 11:07:46 by I'ce Reply
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  • Lions’ roar will sound like a miau’u. Winning margin for the Crusaders won’t be that high though. Only between 20-30 points.

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.04.08 11:26:48 by Kal-El Reply

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  • I recon 36′ish…

    My magical wish is just to get a certain big-mouth quiet…. :twisted:

  • Comment 4, posted at 10.04.08 11:30:57 by I'ce Reply
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  • Is that your age?
    Always quiet when I’m typing. :razz:

  • Comment 5, posted at 10.04.08 11:37:06 by Kal-El Reply

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  • LOL. Lions might actually have been in with a shout had they fielded their “strongest” team.

  • Comment 6, posted at 10.04.08 11:40:41 by Kal-El Reply

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  • Or quick fingers quiet…slimjan… :wink:

    Why you wanna know my age??? I am a married “antie”!!! :wink:

  • Comment 7, posted at 10.04.08 11:42:51 by I'ce Reply
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  • It was merely a question – nothing more, nothing less.
    Thought it was a nice round bottom of a ballpark figure. :lol:

  • Comment 8, posted at 10.04.08 11:51:58 by Kal-El Reply

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  • BOTTOM of a ballpark figure??? Do I really look THAT old?? :sad:

  • Comment 9, posted at 10.04.08 11:58:30 by I'ce Reply
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  • At least thats not the bottom of my figures ballpark figure! :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 10, posted at 10.04.08 12:00:32 by I'ce Reply
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  • let’s not reveal your figure out in the open. :grin:

  • Comment 11, posted at 10.04.08 12:11:30 by Kal-El Reply

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  • Let’s not!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 12, posted at 10.04.08 12:14:19 by I'ce Reply
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  • ja, let’s get a room :twisted:

  • Comment 13, posted at 10.04.08 12:16:31 by Kal-El Reply

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  • :mrgreen: :mrgreen: Silly Little boy!! :twisted:

  • Comment 14, posted at 10.04.08 12:18:31 by I'ce Reply
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  • Just saw a headline on KEO:

    Lions to attack Saders 10.

    bwahahahahahahaa

    :mrgreen:

  • Comment 15, posted at 10.04.08 12:23:03 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
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  • dis wat jy NOU sê :grin:

  • Comment 16, posted at 10.04.08 12:24:22 by Kal-El Reply

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  • KEO sounds like a make-believe world to me :mrgreen:

  • Comment 17, posted at 10.04.08 12:26:51 by Kal-El Reply

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  • welcome to flirtworld.co.za ;)

  • Comment 18, posted at 10.04.08 12:27:51 by robd'ylan Reply
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  • Wes – your baby coming June if I remember correct? My baby was 25th…they are SERIOULY good babies!! Mine laugh all the time, eats anything and sleeps well – hope for your sake its a typical “cancerian” thing!! Just tell Mom – if its at all possible – stay in bed with baba for as long as she can – dont know where you live – but we had proper winter and that was just a great excuse for not leaving the house!!

  • Comment 19, posted at 10.04.08 12:28:34 by I'ce Reply
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  • 0.04.08 12:24:22 – Kal-El :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: You want a Chomp?? :wink:

  • Comment 20, posted at 10.04.08 12:29:25 by I'ce Reply
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  • Wes – that would make sense, wouldn’t it? I mean, a rookie flyhalf at this level in an otherwise invincible-seeming team.

    So why not pick a full strength side and give yourself the best possible chance of causing an unlikely upset? But no, typical Saffa LOSER mentality sets in, so we decide to throw the game.

  • Comment 21, posted at 10.04.08 12:29:28 by robd'ylan Reply
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  • Have these lions ever been in the wild? I doubt they know the meaning of attack.

    They don’t even have a 10 themselves. Gard is better than Stydom en Van Schalkwyk put 2gether.

  • Comment 22, posted at 10.04.08 12:30:20 by Kal-El Reply

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  • Cru, you Saders supporters are so biased! :roll:

  • Comment 23, posted at 10.04.08 12:32:17 by robd'ylan Reply
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  • Just wait for the real game…then he’s gonna swallow a lot more than his words!! :twisted: :twisted:

  • Comment 24, posted at 10.04.08 12:33:46 by I'ce Reply
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  • Bwwaaahahaha indeed…

    These Kitty’s wouldn’t even attack a trapped, blind mouse…

  • Comment 25, posted at 10.04.08 12:35:27 by blackshark (YNWA) Reply

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  • Agree Rod. I mentioned the same thing in #6 above.

  • Comment 26, posted at 10.04.08 12:35:40 by Kal-El Reply

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  • ok, so maybe I should read the previous comments ;)

    Guys, would you like me to look into numbering the posts? ;)

  • Comment 27, posted at 10.04.08 12:37:17 by robd'ylan Reply
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  • BSvdM :mrgreen:

    I’ce, you wanna swallow my what? :shock:

  • Comment 28, posted at 10.04.08 12:38:03 by Kal-El Reply

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  • please do Rob, cause IE 8 beta don’t like me copying the date and time of the comment.

  • Comment 29, posted at 10.04.08 12:40:56 by Kal-El Reply

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  • I need to do an upgrade to WP 2.5… might get to it this weekend. Will have a look at it then.

  • Comment 30, posted at 10.04.08 12:42:07 by robd'ylan Reply
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  • rob… yay for numbering…it does make things simpler…

  • Comment 31, posted at 10.04.08 12:42:35 by blackshark (YNWA) Reply

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  • Yes please Rob – numbering might be “keo” ish (as someone said before) but its much easier..

    kallie!! :shock: :shock:

  • Comment 32, posted at 10.04.08 12:43:18 by I'ce Reply
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  • I am in the process of doing it

  • Comment 33, posted at 10.04.08 12:45:13 by robd'ylan Reply
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  • Hoelykit?

  • Comment 34, posted at 10.04.08 12:47:36 by robd'ylan Reply
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  • #19

    We are fortunately in CT. :cool:

  • Comment 35, posted at 10.04.08 12:50:34 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
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  • my best mate’s birthday is 22 June.

    He can be a real pain in the ass sometimes ;)

  • Comment 36, posted at 10.04.08 12:51:24 by robd'ylan Reply
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  • guys – surely a little pat on the back is in order here? I mean, which other website is AS RESPONSIVE to users’ needs? ;)

  • Comment 37, posted at 10.04.08 12:59:25 by robd'ylan Reply
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  • my best mate’s birthday is 22 June.

    He can be a real pain in the ass sometimes ;)
    Comment 36 of 36, posted at 10.04.08 12:51:24 by robd’ylan

    Wow that much of a best mate….nudge nudge wink wink…say no more

  • Comment 38, posted at 10.04.08 13:02:56 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • I like to think we have an “open and honest relationship” ;)

    DP – you are also a pain in the ass, but I still like you :roll:

  • Comment 39, posted at 10.04.08 13:08:54 by robd'ylan Reply
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  • oh wait – sorry. Silly me.

    I just caught what you ACTUALLY meant….

    He lives in Cape Town too!

  • Comment 40, posted at 10.04.08 13:09:29 by robd'ylan Reply
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  • THANKS ROB!!!!! :mrgreen:

    35. UNfortunately you are in CT…but it also get cold and wet in winter? My point is – be as mellow and rustig as possible the 1st couple of months – then you will have a very content baby… :grin:

  • Comment 41, posted at 10.04.08 13:11:23 by I'ce Reply
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  • It’s a pleasure, Ice ;)

  • Comment 42, posted at 10.04.08 13:15:48 by robd'ylan Reply
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  • Is your ‘best mate’ a Stormers supporter???

    Do you like the way he does his hair??? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 43, posted at 10.04.08 13:16:52 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
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  • I am envious of anyone who has hair

  • Comment 44, posted at 10.04.08 13:24:32 by robd'ylan Reply
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  • :lol:

  • Comment 45, posted at 10.04.08 13:27:12 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
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  • Well done on the numbering thing rob…

    And you’ve got mail…

  • Comment 46, posted at 10.04.08 13:44:13 by blackshark (YNWA) Reply

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