Super Rugby

Todd to lead Crusaders against Bulls

Matt Todd (Getty)
Matt Todd (Getty)

Pretoria - Crusaders head coach Scott Robertson has made four changes to his starting XV to take on the Bulls in Pretoria on Saturday.

The big news is that All Blacks openside flank Matt Todd will captain the side in the absence of secondrow Sam Whitelock, who is serving a two-week suspension, and injured All Blacks skipper Kieran Read.

In the forwards, Wyatt Crockett wears the number one jersey this week with Joe Moody providing cover off the bench.

Lock Luke Romano comes into the starting line up to pair up with Scott Barrett, while Quinten Strange comes into the reserves. The loose forward trio will be made up of Pete Samu, Todd and Jordan Taufua, with Heiden Bedwell-Curtis coming into the match day 23 to provide cover.

In the backs, Mitchell Drummond rotates with Bryn Hall to start at scrumhalf this week, and Tim Bateman comes in at inside centre with Ryan Crotty taking a spot on the bench.

The last time these two teams met was also in Pretoria in 2015, and on that occasion the Bulls came away with the win (31-19).

Teams:

Bulls

15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Jamba Ulengo, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Hanro Liebenberg, 7 Jacques Potgieter, 6 Nick de Jager, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Pierre Schoeman


Substitutes:
16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Jacobie Adriaanse, 19 RG Snyman, 20 Jannes Kirsten, 21 Rudy Paige, 22 Francois Brummer, 23 Jan Serfontein

Crusaders

15 David Havili, 14 Seta Tamanivalu, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Tim Bateman, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo'unga, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8 Jordan Taufua, 7 Matt Todd (captain), 6 Pete Samu, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Wyatt Crockett 

Substitutes: 16 Andrew Makalio, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Michael Alaalatoa, 19 Quinten Strange, 20 Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, 21 Bryn Hall, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 Ryan Crotty

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