25 Jul 2012

One change to Crusaders lineup for semi-final

11:56 am on 25 July 2012

There is just one change to the Crusaders lineup for Friday night's Super Rugby semi-final against the Chiefs in Hamilton.

Ben Franks starts at prop with his brother Owen now on the bench.

Number eight Kieran Read is still unavailable for selection as he's not fully recovered from the rib injury sustained last time the Crusaders played the Chiefs.

That means captain Richie McCaw will again play at number eight and Matt Todd at seven.

Despite the limited changes, coach Todd Blackadder is confident the Crusaders still have another couple of games left in the tank.

He says whether the side has to travel next week or not won't effect the determined side.

The Crusaders have had a loss and a win to the Chiefs in the regular season this year. The winner of this game will progress to the final, against either the Stormers or the Sharks.

The Chiefs team will be named later today.