No changes for the Crusaders

31st Jul 2014, 09:56

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Skipper: Kieran Read

Skipper: Kieran Read

Crusaders head coach Todd Blackadder has named an unchanged side to take on the Waratahs on Saturday in Sydney.


Crusaders head coach Todd Blackadder has named an unchanged side to take on the Waratahs on Saturday in Sydney.

The Crusaders and Waratahs will meet for the first time this season in this final clash of the 2014 Super Rugby competition.

Blackadder said the fact that the two teams haven't played each other yet this season just adds to the excitement of the occasion.

"There Is an unknown element given that we haven't played the Waratahs so far this year, but that goes for both teams. We are just focussed on being as prepared as we can be to put in the best performance we're capable of," said Blackadder.

"We know we have the game of our lives ahead of us but are not daunted by the challenge, we are looking forward to it.

"We've got a group of men who want this badly and who have the talent to do it."

The final will be played at ANZ Stadium in Sydney's Olympic Park.

Crusaders: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Kieron Fonotia, 13 Ryan Crotty, 12 Dan Carter, 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read (c), 7 Matt Todd, 6 Richie McCaw, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Wyatt Crockett
Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Nepo Laulala, 19 Jimmy Tupou, 20 Jordan Taufau, 21 Willi Heinz, 22 Tom Taylor, 23 Johnny McNicholl

Date: Saturday, August 2
Venue: ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Kickoff: 19:40 local (21:40 NZT, 11:40 SAST, 10:40 BST, 09:40 GMT)
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Assistant Referees: Steve Walsh (Australia), James Leckie (Australia)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)