Saders sweat on Maitland

Sean Maitland will face a late fitness test ahead of the Crusaders’ clash against the Reds on Sunday.

The winger is struggling with an ankle injury and has been bracketed with Adam Whitelock in the starting line-up. If Maitland is ruled out, Whitelock’s promotion will be the Crusaders’ only change to their run-on side.

This sees Dan Carter remain at inside centre, while flank Richie McCaw’s slow introduction to the 2012 season continues as he features among the reserves for the second consecutive week.

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