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Crusaders And Chiefs Both Name Formidable XVs For Super Rugby Semi-Final

This season’s Super Rugby competition is nearing its conclusion with the semi-finals set to take place this weekend. First up is the all New Zealand clash between the Crusaders and the Chiefs in Christchurch before the Lions and Hurricanes battle it out in Johannesburg. 

The home side has name an unchanged team to the one that defeated the Highlanders in biblical conditions at the AMI Stadium last week. Conditions this time around should be drier but very cold temperatures are expected in the South Island city.

BNZ Crusaders team to play the Chiefs:

1.   Joe Moody
2.   Codie Taylor
3.   Owen Franks
4.   Scott Barrett
5.   Sam Whitelock (C)
6.   Jordan Taufua
7.   Matt Todd (VC)
8.   Kieran Read
9.   Bryn Hall
10. Richie Mo’unga
11. Seta Tamanivalu
12. Ryan Crotty (VC)
13. Jack Goodhue
14. Israel Dagg
15. David Havili

16. Ben Funnell
17. Wyatt Crockett
18. Michael Alaalatoa
19. Luke Romano
20. Pete Samu
21. Mitchell Drummond
22. Mitchell Hunt
23. George Bridge

This is the third time these two sides have faced off in the Super Rugby semi-finals with the Chiefs emerging victorious on the last two occasions, but those matches were played in Waikato. Crusaders head coach Scott Robertson believes things will be different this time around.

“They used their home ground advantage on those occasions, but this time we have earned the chance to play in front of our own supporters and that means a lot to us.  To see so many of our supporters still come out to the game last weekend in such miserable conditions was humbling, so that is even more motivation for the team to put on a performance to make the fans proud this Saturday night,” Robertson told the club’s official website.

Meanwhile, the Chiefs have made two changes to the starting XV which overcame the Stormers in a bruising encounter in Cape Town. Charlie Ngati has recovered from an ankle injury to start at inside centre while Tim Nanai-Williams comes in on the right wing spot.

The Christchurch battle kicks off at 08:35 UK and Ireland time on Saturday morning.

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Author: Sean McMahon

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