25 Jul 2013

McCaw on bench for Super Rugby semi final

4:52 pm on 25 July 2013

The All Blacks captain Richie McCaw has again been named in the reserves for the Crusaders for Saturday night's Super Rugby semi-final against the Chiefs in Hamilton.

The Crusaders have named the same 22 that beat the Reds 38-9 last week in Christchurch.

The Chiefs have won the last three out of four encounters with the Crusaders including last year's semi-final, which put an end to the Crusaders title hopes.

The two sides have met on two occasions this season and have come out level pegging with a win a piece.

They last met in round 19 of the competition when the Crusaders came away with an emphatic 43-15 win.

Since then the Crusaders have hit their straps and have won their last five matches in a row.

1. Wyatt Crockett 2. Corey Flynn 3. Owen Franks 4. Luke Romano 5. Sam Whitelock

6. George Whitelock 7. Matt Todd 8. Kieran Read (c) 9. Andy Ellis 10. Dan Carter 11. Zac Guildford 12. Tom Taylor 13. Ryan Crotty 14. Tom Marshall 15. Israel Dagg

16. Ben Funnell 17. Joe Moody 18. Luke Whitelock 19. Richie McCaw 20. Willi Heinz 21. Tyler Bleyendaal 22. Adam Whitelock