Crusaders make one change

Date published: March 2 2016

Crusaders head coach Todd Blackadder has made just one change to the 23 that played the Chiefs last weekend for Friday's clash with the Blues.

Pete Samu comes onto the replacements bench in place of Reed Prinsep, who is recovering from a head knock suffered in that opening loss.

"While we didn't get the result we wanted against the Chiefs last weekend, we actually felt really pleased with the team’s performance," Blackadder said.

"The physicality and intent that the team showed for most of the game was fantastic, and we felt that we were dominant in many respects for a good portion of that game. That is what makes the loss even more frustrating for the players though.

"We know that those players will only be more determined this week to take another step up, so we want to give them the opportunity to go out there and show what they are really capable of."

Crusaders: 15 David Havili, 14 Jone Macilai, 13 Sean Wainui, 12 Kieron Fonotia, 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Tim Boys, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Samuel Whitelock (c), 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody
Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Mike Alaalatoa, 19 Jimmy Tupou, 20 Pete Samu, 21 Leon Fukofuka, 22 Ben Volavola, 23 Johnny McNicholl

Date: Friday, March 4
Venue: AMI Stadium, Christchurch
Kick-off: 19:35 local (06:35 GMT)
Referee: Paul Williams
Assistant Referees: Chris Pollock, Brendon Pickerill
TMO: Ben Skeen