Crusaders v Rebels



  • Rebels

    1 Tetera Faulkner
    2 Jordan Uelese
    3 Sam Talakai
    4 Matt Philip
    5 Adam Coleman
    6 Angus Cottrell
    7 Richard Hardwick
    8 Isi Naisarani
    9 Michael Ruru
    10 Matt To’omua
    11 Tom English
    12 Billy Meakes
    13 Reece Hodge
    14 Jack Maddocks
    15 Dane Haylett-Petty

    Reserves
    16 Anaru Rangi
    17 Matt Gibbon
    18 Jermaine Ainsley
    19 Luke Jones
    20 Ross Haylett-Petty
    21 Harrison Goddard
    22 Quade Cooper
    23 Marika Koroibete

    Wallabies halfback Will Genia will miss the Rebels' trip to Christchurch among a host of changes to Melbourne's starting XV this weekend.
    
    Rebels coach Dave Wessels confirmed after last week's match that Genia still had one week left in his rotation quota under the Wallabies' World Cup resting policy and it was expected that the Crusaders game would be used to fulfil that.
    
    Michael Ruru will start in Genia's place while Harrison Goddard comes onto the bench for the match.
    
    Matt To'omua has been handed the playmaking reins for the clash with Quade Cooper named on the pine, while Tom English starts on the wing.
    
    In-form winger Marika Koroibete will come off the bench in a bid to lighten his load in a big season.
    
    In the pack, Jordan Uelese gets his first start since returning from an ACL injury, while Angus Cottrell starts at blindside flanker in place of Luke Jones.
    
    The Rebels need to win one of their final two matches to secure their first finals berth and the Crusaders' clash looms as a more difficult task than a round 18 match against the Chiefs at home.
    

    https://www.rugby.com.au/news/2019/06/06/super-rugby-rebels-crusaders-team



  • Definitely not the strongest Rebels line-up, but I expect several Crusaders players to be rested as well (I think Mo'unga and Bridge still need an AB rest week?).



  • David Havili, Sevu Reece, Jack Goodhue, Ryan Crotty, Braydon Ennor, Richie Mo'unga, Bryn Hall, Kieran Read, Matt Todd, Whetukamokamo Douglas, Sam Whitelock (captain), Scott Barrett, Michael Alaalatoa, Andrew Makalio, Joe Moody
    Reserves: Ben Funnell, Tim Perry, George Bower, Luke Romano, Jordan Taufua, Ere Enari, Brett Cameron, Ngane Punivai




  • Okay, so it was only Bridge that still needed a rest. Disappointing that Franks is still not able to play, but at least Perry is back from injury (not that I expect him to be named in the RWC squad, but as back-up in case of injury, it's good news).



  • From the Crusaders media release:

    BNZ Crusaders Vice-Captain Ryan Crotty is set to bring up his 150th Investec Super Rugby game this weekend, as the side prepares for their final home game of the regular season against the Rebels.
    
    The West Stand at Christchurch Stadium has been renamed the 'Ryan Crotty Stand' for this match, and members of Ryan's New Brighton Rugby Club and former school, Shirley Boys' High School, have been invited to attend. 
    
    There are just two changes to the team this week, with Vice-Captain Matt Todd returning to the starting side in place of Billy Harmon, and Bryn Hall, in his 50th Crusaders game, also moving to the starting line up. Ereatara Enari will provide cover at halfback. 
    
    It's also a welcome return to play for prop Tim Perry, who makes his Super Rugby return following a lengthy arm injury. Perry has been named in the No. 17 jersey. 
    

    https://crusaders.co.nz/news/1358-ryan-crotty-to-make-his-150th-appearance-for-the-bnz-crusaders-against-the-rebels



  • The whole temporarily renaming stadiums and stands thing is already getting cringe worthy and its only happened a handful of times but mostly recently. A one off and unique event such as Wyatt's 200th game, sure. But since then it's been done in netball and now a stand for Crotty which a) seems kitsch and b) seems a bit of a token gesture as well. I mean a single stand, in our dump of a stadium? And I think the West Stand is the open one behind the posts as well. Wow.



  • I am fucked if i would sit in a Ryan Crotty stand. The fucking thing would break just before half time.



  • I think a journo has just misunderstood when someone said it’s a grotty stand.



  • It's quite funny how some of you blokes constantly talk about Crotty breaking all the time and then look at the stats to find out that he has played 12 games this season, which is only one game less than Laumape, Ennor and Proctor; two games less than Faiane; and the same number as ALB and Nonu.

    I hope I haven't jinxed him now ...



  • Let google decide

    Search: Ryan Crotty injury - 242,000 results (.40 seconds)

    Search: Anton Lienert-Brown injury - 44,700 results (.41 seconds)

    the internet has spoken



  • @mariner4life said in Crusaders v Rebels:

    Let google decide

    Search: Ryan Crotty injury - 242,000 results (.40 seconds)

    Search: Anton Lienert-Brown injury - 44,700 results (.41 seconds)

    the internet has spoken

    And for once Crotty is faster than ALB.



  • @Stargazer said in Crusaders v Rebels:

    It's quite funny how some of you blokes constantly talk about Crotty breaking all the time

    Probably because Crotty is breaking all the time



  • @SammyC He's not missing many games though.



  • @Stargazer said in Crusaders v Rebels:

    @SammyC He's not missing many games though.

    Yeah it's more that he so often doesn't finish them...



  • @Donsteppa said in Crusaders v Rebels:

    @mariner4life said in Crusaders v Rebels:

    Let google decide

    Search: Ryan Crotty injury - 242,000 results (.40 seconds)

    Search: Anton Lienert-Brown injury - 44,700 results (.41 seconds)

    the internet has spoken

    And for once Crotty is faster than ALB.

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  • @mariner4life said in Crusaders v Rebels:

    @Donsteppa said in Crusaders v Rebels:

    @mariner4life said in Crusaders v Rebels:

    Let google decide

    Search: Ryan Crotty injury - 242,000 results (.40 seconds)

    Search: Anton Lienert-Brown injury - 44,700 results (.41 seconds)

    the internet has spoken

    And for once Crotty is faster than ALB.

    alt text

    Stop it



  • @shark you love it secretly



  • Referee: Glen Jackson
    AR1: Paul Williams
    AR2: James Munro
    TMO: Ben Skeen



  • Well at least Crotty will have finals games....to break in.

    So suck on that Chiefs supporters.



  • Will Jordan injured? (steepling fingers and evil cackle, in the hope his girlfriend is leafing through Dunedin rental property brochures)


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