The Crusaders have named their team to face the Stormers. George Whitelock was ruled out with cut thigh and has been replaced to openside flanker by Nasi Manu.
Rugbyweek reports that Tim Bateman has been bracketed with Ryan Crotty at second-five due to sore knee.
Bateman is expected to take part in the match if he manages to get through Thursday’s training session.
Casey Laulala returns to centre from shoulder injury and Kade Poki who had been suffering with an ankle injury returns to bench.
1. Wyatt Crockett, 2. Jason Macdonald,3. Bronson Murray,4. Isaac Ross,5. Brad Thorn, 6. Kieran Read (Capt), 7. Nasi Manu, 8. Thomas Waldrom,9. Andy Ellis, 10. Stephen Brett 11. Colin Slade, 12. Tim Bateman / Ryan Crotty, 13. Casey Laulala , 14. Adam Whitelock , 15. Leon MacDonald
Reserves: 16. Daniel Perrin, 17. Owen Franks , 18. Michael Paterson , 19. Jonathan Poff , 20. Kahn Fotuali’i , 21. Ryan Crotty / Hamish Gard , 22. Kade Poki.Tweet