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Halfback Hall in as sole Crusaders change

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 27/04/2017

The highflying Crusaders have made just one change to their starting side to face the Cheetahs as they look to extend their unbeaten run in Super Rugby. © Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images The highflying Crusaders have made just one change to their starting side to face the Cheetahs as they look to extend their unbeaten run in Super Rugby. The highflying Crusaders have made just one change to their starting side to face the Cheetahs as they look to extend their unbeaten run in Super Rugby.

Halfback Bryn Hall has been promoted from the bench to wear the No.9 jersey in Bloemfontein in a swap with Mitchell Drummond.

Apart from that, the Crusaders 15 that runs out on Sunday morning (NZT) will be the same as started in the 57-24 win over the Stormers in Christchurch last weekend.

Openside flanker Matt Todd will play his 100th Super Rugby game, after having brought up his century of appearances for the Crusaders against the Stormers.

The 29-year-old's other match for the team was against England in 2014.

Robertson says he has no doubt the eight-Test All Black will produce another typically committed display.

"Matt is an absolute workhorse who gives full energy and commitment every time he takes the field," he said.

"It wouldn't matter if it was his first game or his 100th."

The Crusaders, with Robertson in his first year at the helm, are the only side to have all eight of their matches so far.

The Cheetahs have managed just two victories and are trying to snap a five-match losing run.

Crusaders: David Havili, Seta Tamanivalu, Jack Goodhue, Ryan Crotty, George Bridge, Richie Mo'unga, Bryn Hall, Kieran Read, Matt Todd, Jordan Taufua, Sam Whitelock (captain), Scott Barrett, Owen Franks, Codie Taylor, Joe Moody. Reserves: Andrew Makalio, Wyatt Crockett, Michael Alaalatoa, Luke Romano, Pete Samu, Mitchell Drummond, Mitchell Hunt, Manasa Mataele.

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