Richard Ferguson

Dan shifts for Stormers

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Stormers, Super Rugby on 12 Apr 2012 at 08:30
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The Crusaders team to face the Stormers this weekend has been announced, with Tom Taylor selected above Dan Carter in the flyhalf position, with Carter instead shifting to inside centre to join Robbie Fruean in midfield.

Tom Donnely returns to the second row where he replaces Luke Romano, who drops to the bench while the Franks brother swop again, with Ben getting his turn to start at 3.

The thinking behind the shift of Dan Carter to inside centre is somewhat unknown, but will give the Crusaders options in terms of kicking at goal, with Carter still not back to his best.

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


  • Trying to think of all the logical rugby reasons as to why shift the best flyhalf in world rugby to inside centre,I simply cannot come up with 1

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.04.12 08:53:47 by Ludz Reply
  • @Ludz (Comment 1) :

    I battled as well..

    Last time they played Taylor at 12, maybe he just didn’t cut it in the midfield?

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.04.12 08:56:41 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 2) : well I guess it’s possible that Carter’s kicking is a bit off at the moment,Taylor has been kicking pretty well,so could be that they’re accomodating him for his boot and maybe he’s better at flyhalf or defensively shaky to play him at 12,with Robbie Freuen at 13,not the greatest defender himself, to take on a resurgent Stormers midfield. Could 1 of these reason

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.04.12 09:06:55 by Ludz Reply

  • Carter`s obviously gonna do the little grubber thing to get past the Bok Centres . . .

    What bothers me is that Taylor will now kick at poles so it`s really no use retaining Carter in our FL sides.

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.04.12 09:13:16 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • Reckon they are easy-ing Danny Boy back into the thing. He can do a lot of good in terms of play making at 12, I don’t think its a bad move tbh. As long as he is on the field, he is an asset.

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.04.12 09:13:42 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 5) : almost like when we played the Bulls that one year…confusing the living daylights out of them. Did Freddie not move to 10 and Lambs to 12 or something?

  • Comment 6, posted at 12.04.12 09:20:07 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ludz (Comment 3) : apparently his groin is still a bit that’s why kicking was given to Taylor.

  • Comment 7, posted at 12.04.12 09:37:00 by Ice Reply
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  • @Ice (Comment 5) : carter maybe psychologically holding back as he messed his groin @ kicking practice last year, so he might be holding back a little and it’s affecting his accuracy, it cost them against the bulls for sure.

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.04.12 09:37:56 by Megatron Reply

  • @Ludz (Comment 1) : Dan Carter has been moved to 12, where there’s a little more space than at 10, so Ice gets a few more split seconds of perv time before Danny Boy gets mowed down by the Stormers defense :mrgreen:

  • Comment 9, posted at 12.04.12 09:51:49 by Culling Song Reply
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  • I think people are reading too much into this. Carter and Taylor will probably switch depending on the play. You’ll probably find Dan is better in the 12 defensive channel, and this way you accomadate an excellent kicker in Taylor… Although, they seem to forget that Dagg was also an 80 percent kicker at the Highlanders…

  • Comment 10, posted at 12.04.12 10:50:37 by The Quirk Reply
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  • @The Quirk (Comment 10) : well i was close in my initial assessment…

    Carter says he’s happy to hand over goalkicking duties to Taylor while he works on strengthening his groin.

    “Each week, it’s feeling a bit better, but the groin is still a little tight. Tom is an excellent goalkicker and it gives me a little more time to rehab the groin and get some power and strength there.”

  • Comment 11, posted at 12.04.12 12:05:05 by Megatron Reply

  • I wonder what happened to that canterbury wonderkind with a dutch surname Tyler Bleyendaal he looked ok.

  • Comment 12, posted at 12.04.12 12:40:00 by Muzi Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 11) : I have covered that in my comment7 … πŸ™„

  • Comment 13, posted at 12.04.12 12:42:38 by Ice Reply
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  • I thyink we sometimes read a bit too much into the position a guy fills on the team sheet. The Crusaders want their best players playign together so thats why the 10/12/13 selections. With the defenses as tight and quick as they are these days you want someone at 12 that can make good quick decisions and is able to unlock defenses. JUst as we are seeing a lot of big strong wings move to 13, watch out for more 10s moving to 12!

  • Comment 14, posted at 12.04.12 12:59:34 by SheldonK Reply

  • @Ice (Comment 13) : just check the exact times your comment #7 and mine #8 were made… unknot your panties πŸ˜† πŸ™„

  • Comment 15, posted at 12.04.12 13:08:27 by Megatron Reply


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