Super Rugby 2021 live scores: trans-Tasman Crusaders vs Brumbies Melbourne Rebels vs Blues Western Force vs Chiefs Round 1
CRUSADERS vs BRUMBIES, Saturday 5.05pm AEST in Christchurch
Hooker Codie Taylor will captain the Crusaders of their trans-Tasman opener after coach Scott Robertson named common skipper Scott Barrett on the bench to play the Brumbies.
It might be Taylor’s a centesimal sport for the champion membership.
“His work ethic is phenomenal, he’s got better with age, and experience and his leadership, he captained us last year to a trophy,” Robertson stated.
“He’s a vice-captain who leads with not just mana and heart, but also a compassion for the team. He understands how to get the best out of the young fellas. He can also look you in the eye and tell you that’s not our standard as well.”
Star fullback Will Jordan is lacking after struggling a minor foot damage within the Aotearoa remaining towards the Chiefs.
George Bridge will put on the No.15 jersey as Manasa Mataele and Braydon Ennor earn promotions to the beginning group.
Meanwhile, former NRL star Solomone Kata will make his first Brumbies begin of the season after being named on the suitable wing rather than the injured Andy Muirhead.
Lock Cadeyrn Neville was one other casualty of the heartbreaking grand remaining loss to the Reds.
Giant Nick Frost – who performed blindside flanker within the remaining – strikes to a extra acquainted place within the second row, with Henry Stowers promoted into the No.6 jersey.
Other adjustments embrace Ryan Lonergan beginning forward of Nic White (hip flexor) at halfback and Folau Fainga’a coming in for Lachlan Lonergan at hooker.
Bathurst-born Tom Hooper is in line to grow to be the eighth debutant for the membership this season after being named because the substitute lock.
“It’s great to see Sol Kata and Henry Stowers get a start, and Tom Hooper likely getting his debut off the bench against some of the best locks in the game,” Brumbies coach Dan McKellar stated.
“We’ve talked a lot this week about getting straight back on the saddle, and this is a challenge we’ve been excited about for a long time.
“We actually really feel there is no higher problem in world rugby than going to Christchurch and taking the Crusaders on however having stated that, we’re going over there with the mindset to win the sport.”
CRUSADERS (15-1): George Bridge, Manasa Mataele, Braydon Ennor, David Havili, Leicester Fainga’anuku, Richie Mo’unga, Bryn Hall, Cullen Grace, Tom Sanders, Ethan Blackadder, Sam Whitelock, Mitchell Dunshea, Michael Alaalatoa, Codie Taylor (c), George Bower
Reserves: Brodie McAlister, Tamaiti Williams, Oliver Jager, Scott Barrett, Brendon O’Connor, Ere Enari, Fergus Burke, Sevu Reece
BRUMBIES (15-1): Tom Banks, Solomone Kata, Len Ikitau, Irae Simone, Tom Wright, Noah Lolesio, Ryan Lonergan, Rob Valetini, Rory Scott, Henry Stowers, Nick Frost, Darcy Swain, Allan Alaalatoa (c), Folau Fainga’a, Scott Sio
Reserves: Lachlan Lonergan, Harry Lloyd, Tom Ross, Tom Hooper, Luke Reimer, Issak Fines-Leleiwasa, Reesjan Pasitoa, Mack Hansen
Referee: Paul Williams (NZ)