Crusaders vs Sharks



  • Match Crusaders v Sharks @ Christchurch Stadium, Christchurch
    Referee Brendon Pickerill
    AR1 Mike Fraser
    AR2 James Munro
    TMO Glenn Newman



  • Sharks: 15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 Sibusiso Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Louis Schreuder (captain), 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Philip van der Walt, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Kerron van Vuuren, 1 Thomas du Toit.
    Replacements: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Mzamo Majola, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 Hyron Andrews, 20 Jacques Vermeulen, 21 Cameron Wright, 22 Robert du Preez, 23 Marius Louw.

    Veteran Springbok prop Tendai Mtawarira has returned home from the team’s Australasian tour with an MCL injury to his left knee.



  • Crusaders:

    1 Joe Moody
    2 Codie Taylor (vc)
    3 Michael Alaalatoa
    4 Mitchell Dunshea
    5 Scott Barrett
    6 Jordan Taufua
    7 Matt Todd (c)
    8 Kieran Read
    9 Bryn Hall
    10 Mitchell Hunt
    11 George Bridge
    12 Jack Goodhue (vc)
    13 Braydon Ennor
    14 Sevu Reece
    15 Will Jordan

    Reserves:
    16 Ben Funnell
    17 Isi Tu'ungafasi
    18 Oliver Jager
    19 Luke Romano
    20 Ethan Blackadder
    21 Mitch Drummond
    22 Brett Cameron
    23 Tim Bateman



  • Will Jordan, Sevu Reece, Braydon Ennor, Jack Goodhue, George Bridge, Mitch Hunt, Bryn Hall, Kieran Read, Matt Todd (captain), Jordan Taufua, Scott Barrett, Mitchell Dunshea, Michael Alaalatoa, Codie Taylor, Joe Moody

    Reserves: Ben Funnell, Isi Tu'ungafasi, Oliver Jager, Luke Romano, Ethan Blackadder, Mitchell Drummond, Brett Cameron, Tim Bateman


    https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/super-rugby/112381432/super-rugby-crusaders-shift-all-blacks-centre-jack-goodhue-to-secondfive-eighth



  • Razor is being adventurous haha.

    Mo'unga still needed a mandatory break, so I guess this is it. Glad Hunt is starting and not Cameron. Havili getting a rest, too.



  • Some interesting comments by Razor in that article. Obviously Ennor,Goodhue looking like 2020 mid field for The Crusaders.
    VC Taylor and Goodhue preparing players for leadership roles. Seems to point to Razor's thinking come 2020 Captain decision.
    And probability Goodhue and Ennor to resign with the Crusaders.



  • @Stargazer said in Crusaders vs Sharks:

    11 George Bridge
    12 Jack Goodhue (vc)
    13 Braydon Ennor
    14 Sevu Reece
    15 Will Jordan

    Arguably the most exciting backline the Crusaders have fielded in years.



  • @Canes4life all round pretty amazing team sheet, even with several AB's crocked/rested! It'll be a slaughter!



  • @Canes4life Exactly what I thought. I wondered whether Goodhue/Ennor was at the request of Shag?



  • @Jailbreak7 said in Crusaders vs Sharks:

    @Canes4life Exactly what I thought. I wondered whether Goodhue/Ennor was at the request of Shag?

    Because he's got a distinct lack of quality 12s running around NZ rugby so decided to add another into the mix?



  • @Stargazer said in Crusaders vs Sharks:

    Razor is being adventurous haha.

    Mo'unga still needed a mandatory break, so I guess this is it. Glad Hunt is starting and not Cameron. Havili getting a rest, too.

    Will be interesting to see how we go with Richie not there. Mitch Hunt has done pretty well in steering the ship in his absence in previous seasons, but in my view Mo'unga is the most crucial part of the machine.

    Looks like Razor is employing a bit of rotation in the outside backs. I think Havili had played the most consecutive games in the outside backs, so his turn for a rest. Might be Sevu next week.

    Razor getting his commitments to the AB selectors out of the way early - though I guess Moody, Taylor, Read and Bridge all still need a rest somewhere in this stretch of seven games. Moody the only one that's problematic!



  • @Chris-B said in Crusaders vs Sharks:

    @Stargazer said in Crusaders vs Sharks:

    Razor is being adventurous haha.

    Mo'unga still needed a mandatory break, so I guess this is it. Glad Hunt is starting and not Cameron. Havili getting a rest, too.

    I guess Moody, Taylor, Read and Bridge all still need a rest somewhere in this stretch of seven games. Moody the only one that's problematic!

    All of them have been out with injury for several weeks; I wonder whether they count for the mandatory ABs rest weeks?



  • @Stargazer We'll find out, but I'd tend to think the limitation on consecutive games applies.

    In any case, I don't think it will be a problem to find a spot to rest Bridge, Read and Taylor. There are guys baying for their chances! Interesting Makalio doesn't appear on the bench this week - he's not injured is he?



  • Didn't some one recently have an injury then still into an enforced rest? There was some ranting here about them not telling us the rules for the rests.



  • @Chris-B I saw on instagram that he was suffering from gout. Maybe that's the reason?



  • @Stargazer Could well be. Gout tends to be joked about a bit, but from what I've seen it can be pretty nasty!



  • @Chris-B said in Crusaders vs Sharks:

    @Stargazer said in Crusaders vs Sharks:

    Razor is being adventurous haha.

    Mo'unga still needed a mandatory break, so I guess this is it. Glad Hunt is starting and not Cameron. Havili getting a rest, too.

    Will be interesting to see how we go with Richie not there. Mitch Hunt has done pretty well in steering the ship in his absence in previous seasons, but in my view Mo'unga is the most crucial part of the machine.

    Looks like Razor is employing a bit of rotation in the outside backs. I think Havili had played the most consecutive games in the outside backs, so his turn for a rest. Might be Sevu next week.

    Razor getting his commitments to the AB selectors out of the way early - though I guess Moody, Taylor, Read and Bridge all still need a rest somewhere in this stretch of seven games. Moody the only one that's problematic!

    We have looked dicey at best without Richie running the cutter this season. From my armchair it looks to be a combination of things too - standing deeper, not varying the play, lacking a bit of confidence, and one major factor, they’re just not as good 😎



  • @ACT-Crusader said in Crusaders vs Sharks:

    We have looked dicey at best without Richie running the cutter this season.

    This applies to the All Blacks too 🙂





  • Crusaders at $1.06
    Sharks $8.50

    Are we that hot of favourites without Mo'unga and Whitelock?


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