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Crusaders, Brumbies unchanged for semis

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Sportal.co.nz     25 Jul 2013     Getty Images

The All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw will again feature on the bench, from where he returned to first class rugby in last week's 38-9 qualifying final victory over the Reds.

He will provide cover for a forward pack made entirely of All Blacks who have amassed a total of 184 Test caps between them.

Meanwhile, Jake White has named an unchanged side as the Brumbies aim to upset the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld this weekend and qualify for the Super Rugby decider.

"The Bulls present us with a huge challenge this weekend. We know they will play through their forwards and use Morne [Steyn] to finish with points," White said.

"They have a good record here at Loftus and for our players to experience running on in front of a full house of more than 50,000 people will be fantastic.

"They are a typical South African side, very big and physical with some quality finishers out wide so it's up to our players to combat that with our own game."

If the Crusaders manage to upset the Chiefs in the other semi-final over the weekend, the winner of the Brumbies-Bulls clash would host next week's final.


Crusaders:
1. Wyatt Crockett, 2. Corey Flynn, 3. Owen Franks, 4. Luke Romano, 5. Sam Whitelock, 6. George Whitelock, 7. Matt Todd, 8. Kieran Read (c), 9. Andy Ellis, 10. Dan Carter, 11. Zac Guildford, 12. Tom Taylor, 13. Ryan Crotty, 14. Tom Marshall, 15. Israel Dagg.

Reserves: 16. Ben Funnell, 17. Joe Moody, 18. Luke Whitelock, 19. Richie McCaw, 20. Willi Heinz, 21. Tyler Bleyendaal, 22. Adam Whitelock.

Chiefs: TBA

Brumbies:

Jesse Mogg, Henry Speight, Tevita Kuridrani, Christian Lealiifano, Clyde Rathbone, Matt Toomua, Nic White, Ben Mowen (c), George Smith, Peter Kimlin, Sam Carter, Scott Fardy, Ben Alexander, Stephen Moore, Scott Sio

Reserves: Siliva Siliva, Ruan Smith, Fotu Auelua, Colby Faingaa, Ian Prior, Andrew Smith, Joe Tomane.

Bulls: TBA