The match of the weekend kicks off our Saturday rugby viewing, with ex champs the Crusaders taking on the current overall leaders in the Stormers in a huge encounter. Both teams will want the four points from this match, the Crusaders to get back at the top of their conference, and the Stormers to keep their unbeaten record intact.
The Crusaders have shifted Dan Carter to the midfield in order to play Tom Taylor at flyhalf, with Ryan Crotty again being the player to miss out while Dan Carter eases back into the thick of things. The Crusaders are to be without their captain Richie McCaw for at least another month as he recovers from injury, with Read continuing the captaincy duties.
The Stormers come off a good opening win on their tour, and will keep the momentum for this must win match in their eyes, as they chase their first Super Rugby title, and we all know the best way to win it by playing all your playoffs at home. Gio Aplon is replaced by Gerhard van den Heever for the away team, after sustaining a minor injury against the Highlanders last weekend. The front row also sees the return of Brok Harris.
Crusaders: 1. Wyatt Crockett 2. Corey Flynn 3. Ben Franks 4. Tom Donnelly 5. Samuel Whitelock 6. George Whitelock 7. Matt Todd 8. Kieran Read 9. Andy Ellis 10. Tom Taylor 11. Zac Guildford 12. Dan Carter 13. Robbie Fruean 14. Sean Maitland 15. Israel Dagg
Reserves 16. Quentin MacDonald 17. Owen Franks 18. Luke Romano 19. Luke Whitelock 20. Willi Heinz 21. Ryan Crotty 22. Tom Marshall
Stormers: 15. Joe Pietersen ,14. Gerhard van den Heever ,13. Juan de Jongh,12. Jean De Villiers (C) ,11. Bryan Habana ,10. Peter Grant,9. Dewaldt Duvenage,8. Duane Vermeulen,7. Rynhardt Elstadt,6. Siya Kolisi,5. Andries Bekker,4. Eben Etzebeth ,3. Brok Harris ,2. Tiaan Liebenberg,1. Steven Kitshoff
Reserves: 16. Deon Fourie,17. Frans Malherbe,18. De Kock Steenkamp,19. Nizaam Carr ,20. Louis Schreuder,21. Burton Francis,22. Gio Aplon/ JP du Plessis
Referee: Chris Pollock
Assistant Ref 1:Vinny Munro
Assistant Ref 2:Mike Fraser