Crusaders name team for Kings match


The Crusaders take on new comers the Southern Kings this Saturday. While the Kings are new to the Investec Super Rugby tournament, their coach Matt Sexton is no stranger to the Crusaders and he will be out to show his old team mates what his South African team are made of.


Head Coach Todd Blackadder has named his team making four changes to the team that played the Bulls last weekend.

In the starting fifteen Willi Heinz takes the number 9 jersey while Luke Romano returns from injury moving Andy Ellis and Dominic Bird respectively to the bench.

On the bench, Codie Taylor will have the opportunity to make his first appearance for the Crusaders if called upon. Zac Guildford’s return to the Crusaders earlier this week sees him take the bench and the opportunity to play his first game in the Investec Super Rugby 2013 season.

Crusaders team:

1. Wyatt Crockett
2. Corey Flynn
3. Owen Franks
4. Luke Romano
5. Samuel Whitelock
6. George Whitelock
7. Matt Todd
8. Kieran Read (c)
9. Willi Heinz
10. Dan Carter
11. Johnny McNicholl
12. Ryan Crotty
13. Robbie Fruean
14. Tom Marshall
15. Israel Dagg


16. Codie Taylor
17. Joe Moody
18. Dominic Bird
19. Luke Whitelock
20. Andy Ellis
21. Tyler Bleyendaal
22. Zac Guildford

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  1. Expect to see Bleyendaal come on as early as halftime v the Kings. He needs gametime now that Tom Taylor is out injured and Carter is staying at home for the birth of his first child rather than traveling to SA to play the Stormers and Sharks. I see the Crusaders PR are glossing the loss of Carter and Taylor over by saying that Ellis and Heinz, both scrumhalves, can cover at flyhalf. Really? At S15 level?

  2. The Kings can only do better than the Bulls on defense.

    Watched the highlights of the Saders tries against the Bulls and the defense was shocking. Guys just falling off tackles. 30 Missed if I remember correctly?

    I do believe the Kings will put up a better showing in defense, but I can’t see them winning.

  3. I wonder if the kings will carry some of the gees with them on this tour. Their home crowd has been fantastic up to now, but not sure they will defend as well against the saders as they have so far. This is just a brand new challenge for them. They havent played away from PE in even one game, so I doubt they will overcome this hurdle.

    Good luck to them, but I fear this is going to be a looong 80 min’s for them.

  4. Reply to Aldo @ 12:13 pm:

    just a question if they can keep their shape in defense when things go bad – That will be the difference between losing and losing BIG!

    Bulls lost BIG – they lost the disiplin in defense and as soon as the structure goes the players start falling off tackles because they don’t get into the correct position.

    Saders were on fire in the 2nd half! :bowdown:

  5. JT I reckon not, the saders are a different kettle of fish than the Kings have ever faced. Remember they allways have a slow first 4 weeks, last weekend they were on fire, allthough the Bulls defended rather poorly. But the Saders really over whelmed the Bulls and were just much better. Good luck to the kings, allthough I strongly doubt that it will help.

  6. What is the biggest score so far in Super rugby? 92?

    Just hope it’s not beaten in this match. I’m a bit worried what affect the player disruption issue will have