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Tamanivalu Starts For Crusaders

Fijian flyer Seta Tamanivalu is going to start for the Crusad­ers against Chiefs in today’s Super Rugby opener while Manasa Mataele is on the reserves. Crusaders head coach Scott Rob­ertson
24 Feb 2018 11:44
Tamanivalu Starts For Crusaders
Setareki Tamanivalu trains with the Crusaders. Photo: Zimbio

Fijian flyer Seta Tamanivalu is going to start for the Crusad­ers against Chiefs in today’s Super Rugby opener while Manasa Mataele is on the reserves.

Crusaders head coach Scott Rob­ertson has named his team to kick-off their Super Rugby title defence in Christchurch with Sam White­lock as captain.

According to Super Rugby, Rob­ertson has named a strong starting fifteen for the New Zealand derby match, including nine All Blacks with 281 test caps between them, led by Whitelock and vice-captains, Matt Todd and Ryan Crotty.

There are just two changes from the side that played their final pre-season match against the Highland­ers in Waimumu last Thursday.

Luke Romano joins the starting line up this week, and will lead the team to field for what will be his 100th match for the Crusaders.

Scott Barrett will provide locking cover on the bench. In the backs, George Bridge will start on the left wing, having spent some time at fullback during the pre-season. Billy Harmon could be set to earn his first Super Rugby cap tonight, if called upon in the reserves.

The 23-year-old loose forward, who has 20 provincial caps for Canter­bury to his name, will take a spot on the bench. Another familiar face re­turns to the match day 23 this week in former Crusaders and Highland­ers prop, Chris King, who will wear the No. 17 jersey.

The match kicks-off at 6.30pm

Crusaders: 15. David Havili, 14 Seta Tamanivalu, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Jordan Taufua, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Peter Samu, 5 Samuel Whitelock (cap­tain), 4 Luke Romano, 3 Michael Alaalatoa, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Wyatt Crockett. Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Chris King, 18 Oliver Jager, 19 Scott Barrett, 20 Billy Har­mon, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 Manasa Mataele.

Chiefs: 1. Aidan Ross , 2. Nathan Harris , 3. Nepo Laulala , 4. Bro­die Retallick , 5. Dominic Bird , 6. Mitchell Brown , 7. Sam Cane – Cap­tain , 8. Taleni Seu , 9. Brad Weber , 10. Damian McKenzie , 11. Solomon Alaimalo , 12. Johnny Faauli , 13. Anton Lienert-Brown , 14. Shaun Stevenson , 15. Charlie Ngatai (c)

Replacements: 16. Liam Polwart , 17. Atunaisa Moli , 18. Angus Ta’avao , 19. Liam Messam , 20. La­chlan Boshier , 21. Te Toiroa Tahu­riorangi , 22. Marty McKenzie , 23. Sean Wainui

Edited by Grace Narayan

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