Sam Whitelock returns to lead Crusaders

Date published: May 16 2019 - David Skippers

The Crusaders have been boosted by the return of All Blacks lock Sam Whitelock for their Super Rugby clash with the Stormers at Newlands on Saturday.

Head coach Scott Robertson has made three changes to the side that ran in seven tries in their 45-13 bonus-point win over the Bulls last Friday.

In the front-row, Joe Moody will be rested this week, allowing a leg wound he sustained against the Bulls, to heal. George Bower will start at loosehead prop and Harry Allan provides cover in the reserves.

Whitelock returns to captain the side from the second-row, having re-joined the squad in Cape Town earlier this week. The final change to the side sees Ethan Blackadder get an opportunity to start on the blindside flank, with Jordan Taufua shifting to the bench.

The Crusaders’ back-line remains unchanged from last weekend’s game, including man-of-the-match Richie Mo’unga at fly-half and right wing Sevu Reece, who ran in three tries against the Bulls.

Crusaders: 15 David Havili, 14 Sevu Reece, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Ethan Blackadder, 5 Sam Whitelock (c), 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Michael Alaalatoa, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 George Bower
Replacements: 16 Andrew Makalio, 17 Harry Allan, 18 Oliver Jager, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Jordan Taufua, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Mitch Hunt, 23 Braydon Ennor

Date: Saturday, May 18
Venue: Newlands
Kick-off: 17:15 local (16:15 BST, 15:15 GMT)
Referee: Nic Berry (Australia)
Assistant referees: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa), AJ Jacobs (South Africa)
TMO: Marius Jonker (South Africa)