Lions v Crusaders

  • Crusaders

    1. Wyatt Crockett  2. Codie Taylor  3. Owen Franks  4. Luke Romano  5. Scott Barrett  6. Jimmy Tupou  7. Matt Todd  8. Kieran Read (C)
    2. Andy Ellis  10. Richie Mo’unga  11. Nemani Nadolo  12. Ryan Crotty  13. Kieron Fonotia  14. Johnny McNicholl  15. David Havili
    3. Ben Funnell  17. Joe Moody  18. Mike Alaalatoa  19. Sam Whitelock  20. Jordan Taufua  21. Mitchell Drummond  22. Ben Volavola  23. Sean Wainui
      Some players have been rotated (not due to injury) and 5/3 forwards/backs split on the bench (last week: 6/2). Sean Wainui comes into the 23, Tim Boys loses his spot on the bench.

  • Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Howard Mnisi, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies/Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley ©, 7 Warwick Tecklenburg, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira/Lourens Erasmus, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Dylan Smith.
    Replacements: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Ruan Dreyer, 19 Ruan Ackermann, 20 Cyle Brink, 21 Dillon Smit, 22 Jaco van der Walt, 23 Rohan Janse van Rensburg
    Jantjies to pass a late fitness test and Ackers can't decide between Andries or Lourens, IMO I would start with Lourens as he has the X-factor the Lions need for this match.

  • Jimmy Tupou getting a rare start at 6 - seems he's finally graduated to the forefront of Toddy's mind.
    A bit of cavalry on the bench - especially in the forwards with Moody, Whitelock and Taufua - but, I'm also pretty happy to see Wainui back and hopefully we'll be able to give him 20 minutes for Fonotia. 
    Would be great if we can somehow grab a second win in Jaapieland and hopefully head for home with a few more of our backs heading toward full fitness.

  • Hopefully Toddy has to chuck Taufua in at openside during the game, so he can finally make the move to a position that will get him into the ABs.
    Then someone can claim he's too flashy to be a test 7.

  • Taufua played his best game for the Crusaders last week I reckon, he was in everything.
    Will be (pleasantly) surprised if we win this. The lions have been the best African team I reckon, and Ellis Park is a cauldron

  • Hmmm I thought the $1.77 offered by the TAB was value.....

  • Israel Dagg back from injury this week too, playing for University on Saturday

  • Israel Dagg back from injury this week too, playing for University on Saturday

    Good to hear! That has been a long road to recovery for Dagg. Got injured on 24 September last year, so more than 6 months ago. Hope they can keep him in one piece during club rugby.

  • Yes very good news for the Crusaders. If Dagg can stay fit he has arguably the longest general kicking game in NZ. This will take pressure off Mo'unga and Ellis in general play. The Crusaders have been executing a territory based gameplan anyway, and he will only strengthen this.

  • I'm not sure who's worse. The ref or the commentators.
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  • How bout the groundsman? Jesus looks like they are scrumming on a beach.

  • Can anyone pm me a stream? I'm on tour and have woken early

  • 22 - 20 to the Crusaders at half time.
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  • This is the same ref that reduced the Crusaders to 12 men last year for some time. He just loves handing out penalties and cards, preferably against the visiting teams. He's the guy that wants to put his stamp on everything, and not in a good way.

  • 2 tries to Crotty. 36-20.
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  • Two?

  • Lions take scrum down about 5 times then he gives them the penalty!!!!
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  • Fonotia and Volavola waving a hooker in from 30 yards.
    FABJM strikes back laying on a try for Drummond

  • Easily McNicholl's best game as a Crusader. Mo'unga kicking much better too.
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  • Mcnichol having a great game
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