The Crusaders have rested their two most influential and effective forwards in Richie McCaw and Chris Jack for their encounter with the travelling bonus point, otherwise known as the Cats, in the Vodacom Super 14.
The match is perfectly placed for the champs. Five wins from five already has them as the strongest possible favourites for a home semi, and five points now whilst enabling the stars to rest is literal manna from Heaven for coach Robbie Deans.
Just when they thought they thought it couldn’t get any better in Christchurch, along comes Frans Ludicrous and the travelling Catastrophe. How the experience of the Vodacom Super 14 differs for some sides.
Dan the Man Carter is still there to kick, run and tackle the Cats to shreds. Tha backline is first choice and will be until the bonus point is secured, after which Deans will surely empty the bench.
SADERS SIDE TO PLAY THE CATS
15 Leon MacDonald, 14 Rico Gear, 13 Casey Laulala, 12 Aaron Mauger, 11 Scott Hamilton, 10 Daniel Carter, 9 Kevin Senio, 8 Brad Mika, 7 Johnny Leo’o, 6 Reuben Thorne (c), 5 Ross Filipo, 4 Kevin O’Neill, 3 Greg Somerville, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Ben Franks. SUBS 16 Tone Kopelani, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Chris Jack, 19 Richie McCaw, 20 Andrew Ellis, 21 Cameron McIntyre, 22 Caleb Ralph