Saders make changes for Chiefs

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 7 Mar 2012 at 07:33
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Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder has named his side to face the Chiefs in Napier and it contains a number of changes to the unit that went down unexpectedly against the Highlanders in week 2.

Owen Franks and Corey Flynn will replace Quentin MacDonald and Wyatt Crockett in the starting 15, with the latter pair moving to the bench. Ben Franks moves from tighthead prop to loosehead to accommodate his brother in the number 3 jersey. Luke Romano comes into the second row to partner Tom Donnelly, demoting Sam Whitelock to the wood where he will sit next to brother Luke.

With two other Whitelocks still in the starting team (flanker George and centre Adam) there’s not need for this great Canterbury rugby family to feel under-represented, though!

In the final change, Zac Guildford will start at left wing, forcing a back-three shuffle that sees Israel Dagg move to 14, Sean Matiland at fullback and Tom Marshall dropped to the bench.

The Crusaders team to play the Chiefs:
1. Ben Franks
2. Corey Flynn
3. Owen Franks
4. Luke Romano
5. Tom Donnelly
6. George Whitelock
7. Matt Todd
8. Kieran Read (Capt.)
9. Andy Ellis (Vice Capt.)
10. Tyler Bleyendaal
11. Zac Guildford
12. Adam Whitelock
13. Robbie Fruean
14. Israel Dagg
15. Sean Maitland
16. Quentin MacDonald
17. Wyatt Crockett
18. Sam Whitelock
19. Luke Whitelock
20. Willi Heinz
21. Tom Taylor
22. Tom Marshall


  • WOW !!!! all the saders in my FL seems to be fit and in the starting 15 …


  • Comment 1, posted at 07.03.12 07:36:44 by Zibbie Reply
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  • Where is Ryan Crotty?

    Is he injured?

  • Comment 2, posted at 07.03.12 08:22:20 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Zibbie (Comment 1) : I don`t get it.

    Starting to suspect all the coaches have my justrugby password, before selecting the team they have a quick look at Jeremy 13`s XV and go the opposite way! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.03.12 08:28:21 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 3) :

    You see .. because of all the bad comments you make 😛

    no im waiting for the Blues team to be announced .. see how stuffed i am exactly

  • Comment 4, posted at 07.03.12 08:45:16 by Zibbie Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 2) : I’d like to know as well 😕

  • Comment 5, posted at 07.03.12 08:54:52 by JarsonX Reply
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  • I wonder why they’re playing Dagg at 14 and Maitland at 15? ❓

  • Comment 6, posted at 07.03.12 08:57:35 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 6) : Typo 😈

  • Comment 7, posted at 07.03.12 09:00:51 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Pokkel,also wondering the same thing

  • Comment 8, posted at 07.03.12 09:02:45 by Ludz Reply

  • @Zibbie (Comment 4) : You mean people don`t like my honest approach? 🙁

    Okay I`ll switch tactics thanx for the heads up. :mrgreen:

    Oh and here`s my hint for today : Don`t worry about the blues, they`ll get stuffed in SnorCity this weekend.

  • Comment 9, posted at 07.03.12 09:06:51 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 6) : @Ludz (Comment 8) : Weird! Dagg’s the best NZ fullback! Hope they’re not looking to repeat the same mistake of switching players around like when they switched Jeff Wilson to 15 and Cullen to 13!

  • Comment 10, posted at 07.03.12 09:10:23 by ChrisS Reply
  • if this game is loose from the beginning we might see a high score. both backlines are well coached, with wayne smith (chiefs attack coach) being the mastermind/genesis of the canterbury current style of play.

    tim nanai-williams & robbie robinson vs israel dagg & sean maitland 😛

    adam whitelock will have his hands full tryna stop sbw.

  • Comment 11, posted at 07.03.12 10:17:25 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 11) : I’m looking forward to this game.

  • Comment 12, posted at 07.03.12 10:23:26 by KSA Shark © Reply

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