Three new Crusaders for opener

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 19 Feb 2014 at 09:00
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Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder has named a side for Friday’s opener against the Chiefs featuring three new faces in the starting lineup.

Loosehead prop Tim Perry, centre Rey Lee-Lo and wing Nafi Tuitavake will all make their first appearances for the franchise, while in the case of Tuitavake it will be his first game in the competition as a whole. Perry (Blues) and Lee-Lo (Hurricanes) played Super Rugby for other franchises last year.

Richie McCaw leads a side that features plenty of experience otherwise, although neither Kieran Reid nor Dan Carter feature. Carter is, of course, on sabbatical from Super Rugby, meaning a start for Tyler Bleyendaal at flyhalf.

15 Isreal Dagg, 14 Johnny McNicholl, 13 Rey Lee-Lo, 12 Ryan Crotty (vice-capt), 11 Nafi Tuitavake, 10 Tyler Bleyendaal, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 Richie McCaw (capt), 6 George Whitelock, 5 Dominc Bird, 4 Sam Whitelock, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Tim Perry
Subs: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Nepo Laulala, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Matt Todd, 21 Willi Heinz, 22 Tom Taylor, 23 Rob Thompson


  • Where is that giant wing that everyone’s been talking about, Napaoli something or other?

    He’s apparently 1.95 and 130kg.

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.02.14 09:29:10 by ChrisS Reply
  • Thats a very good forward pack, not too much to much happening in the backs. I dont rate Bleyendaal…he just hasnt progressed from a good junior player

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.02.14 09:41:44 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 2) : I’m surprised that they haven’t started Taylor. He played flyhalf for the All Blacks last year.

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.02.14 09:58:29 by ChrisS Reply
  • @ChrisS (Comment 1) : Another Jonah Lomu? Don’t tell the English!
    😎 😎

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.02.14 10:04:23 by Caratacus Reply

  • @Caratacus (Comment 4) : :mrgreen: Apparently so. I’m really keen to see him play!

  • Comment 5, posted at 19.02.14 10:10:25 by ChrisS Reply
  • @ChrisS (Comment 3) : They seem to really rate Bleyendaal, not sure why

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.02.14 10:21:52 by SheldonK Reply

  • Tom taylor did become quite good at inside center as well

  • Comment 7, posted at 19.02.14 10:23:54 by Dunx Reply

  • Chiefs – 15 Mils Muliaina, 14 Tim Nanai-Williams, 13 Robbie Fruean, 12 Charlie Ngatai, 11 Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 10 Aaron Cruden, (c), 9 Augustine Pulu, 8 Kane Thompson, 7 Tevita Koloamatangi, 6 Liam Messam, (C) 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Mike Fitzgerald, 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2 Rhys Marshall, 1 Jamie Mackintosh.
    Subs: 16 Nathan Harris, 17 Pauliasi Manu, 18 Ben Afeaki, 19 Matt Symons/Liam Squire, 20 Nick Crosswell, 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 Andrew Horrell/Anton Leinert-Brown, 23 James Lowe.

    Let the speculation begin . . . :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 19.02.14 10:25:04 by Original Pierre Reply
    Original Pierre
  • Unrelated I know.

    Just had a look at the UDT scores for the past weekend . . . What a great sight! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 9, posted at 19.02.14 10:32:44 by Original Pierre Reply
    Original Pierre
  • @Original Pierre (Comment 8) : great too see mills back and happy to see fruean in a chiefs jersey, that back line could do some serious damage would have started Kerr-Barlow but chiefs to take it.

  • Comment 10, posted at 19.02.14 16:15:38 by BR Reply
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  • @BR (Comment 10) : I know, looking at the backlines it`s tempting to back the Chiefs, but will the Whitelocks allow it?

  • Comment 11, posted at 19.02.14 16:20:16 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 11) : yip it is always daunting too play in Christchurch but the crusaders is always slow starters , hoping for another sharks – chiefs final this time with a different outcome.

  • Comment 12, posted at 19.02.14 17:04:36 by BR Reply
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