Crusaders make 2 changes for Super Rugby final; Jaguares 3
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The Christchurch-based Crusaders made two injury-enforced changes on Thursday to their starting lineup for Saturday’s Super Rugby final against Argentina’s Jaguares.
All Blacks center Ryan Crotty and lock Scott Barrett are unavailable after sustaining hand injuries in last weekend’s semifinal against the Wellington-based Hurricanes. Crotty has a broken thumb and Barrett a broken index finger.
Mitchell Dunshea will start at lock ahead of former All Black Luke Romano, who has been named on the bench. New All Black Brayden Ennor will start at outside center and Jack Goodhue will move to inside center in a backline reshuffle.
Jaguares coach Gonzalo Quesada made three changes to his starting side from the one that beat the ACT Brumbies 39-7 in the semifinals.
Winger Ramiro Moyano, flanker Marcos Kremer and prop Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro were named in the starting 15 while Sebastian Cancelliere, Tomas Lezana and Mayco Vivas move to the reserves.
The Crusaders are attempting to win the Super Rugby title for the 10th time and for the third straight year. The Jaguares will play in the final for the first time.
Crusaders: David Havili, Sevu Reece, Brayden Ennor, Jack Goodhue, George Bridge, Richie Mo’unga, Bryn Hall; Kieran Read, Matt Todd, Whetukamokamo Douglas, Sam Whitelock (captain), Mitchell Dunshea, Owen Franks, Codie Taylor, Joe Moody. Reserves: Will Jordan, Mitchell Hunt, Mitchell Drummond, Jordan Taufua, Luke Romano, Michael Alaalatoa, George Bower, Andrew Makalio.
Jaguares: Emiliano Boffelli, Matias Moroni, Matias Orlando, Jeronimo de la Fuente (captain), Ramiro Moyano, Joaquin Diaz Bonilla, Tomas Cubelli, Javier Ortega Desio, Marcos Kremer, Pablo Matera, Tomas Lavanini, Guido Petti, Santiago Medrano, Agustin Creevy, Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro. Reserves: Julian Montoya, Mayco Vivas, Enrique Pieretto, Juan Manuel Leguizamon, Tomas Lezana, Felipe Ezcurra, Domingo Miotti, Sebastian Cancelliere.