3 Mar 2016

Crusaders coach keeps faith

6:24 am on 3 March 2016

Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder has kept the same starting XV for tomorrow night's Super Rugby game against the Blues in Christchurch.

Kieran Read

Crusaders No. 8 Kieran Read. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Blackadder has kept faith in the side that lost to the Chiefs in their opening game.

There is just one change in the reserves with loose forward Pete Samu replacing Reed Prinsep, who is recovering from a concussion suffered in that game.

"While we didn't get the result we wanted against the Chiefs last weekend, we actually felt really pleased with the team's performance," Blackadder said.

"The physicality and intent that the team showed for most of the game was fantastic, and we felt that we were dominant in many respects for a good portion of that game. That is what makes the loss even more frustrating for the players though.

"We know that those players will only be more determined this week to take another step up, so we want to give them the opportunity to go out there and show what they are really capable of."

The Blues beat the Highlanders in their first game.

Crusaders team to play the Blues:

1. Joe Moody

2. Codie Taylor

3. Owen Franks

4. Scott Barrett

5. Samuel Whitelock (C)

6. Jordan Taufua

7. Tim Boys

8. Kieran Read

9. Andy Ellis

10. Richie Mo'unga

11. Nemani Nadolo

12. Kieron Fonotia

13. Sean Wainui

14. Jone Macilai

15. David Havili


Ben Funnell

Wyatt Crockett

Mike Alaalatoa

Jimmy Tupou

Pete Samu

Leon Fukofuka

Ben Volavola

Johnny McNicholl