Carter to steer Saders’ ship

Dan Carter starts his first game for the Crusaders since returning from injury.

Carter played off the wood last weekend but runs on for their match against the Lions at Ellis Park on Saturday. Carter, however, admitted he has doubts about finishing 80 minutes on the Highveld. ‘I was definitely pretty tired after just 40 minutes last week, so 80 might be a stretch,’Carter said.

‘Once you get out there, you communicate with the coaches and see how you are feeling. I will definitely target the first half and re-assess at half-time to see how I am going.’

In other changes, Tom Taylor replaces Ryan Crotty at inside centre. Wyatt Crockett comes in at loosehead prop for Ben Franks and George Whitelock will replace brother Luke at blindside flanker.

Crusaders - 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Sean Maitland, 13 Robbie Fruean, 12 Tom Taylor, 11 Zac Guildford, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read (c), 7 Matt Todd, 6 George Whitelock, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Subs: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Ben Franks, 18 Tom Donnelly, 19 Luke Whitelock, 20 Willi Heinz, 21 Ryan Crotty, 22 Tom Marshall.