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Tahs calling out the Honey Badger

Nick "Honey Badger" Cummins is the man the Waratahs need to stop if they want to defeat the Force.

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Christchurch Stadium, Saturday 5.30pm (AEST)
Last meeting:
Semi-final 2011 - Crusaders 29 bt Stormers 10 in Cape Town
Head-to-head:
Played 16 Crusaders 12 Stormers 4 Drawn 0
Referee:
Chris Pollock (NZL)
TV:
Live, FoxSports 3
TAB Sportsbet:
Crusaders $1.55 Stormers $2.35

Greg Growden writes: Even for a resourceful team such as the Crusaders, it is not the right time to meet the in-form Stormers on your first game back from a road trip to South Africa. The Crusaders have fiddled around with selections, moving Dan Carter to inside centre, but that probably won't be enough.

AAP writes: After a slow start to the year, the Crusaders looked closer to their all-powerful selves in last week's 32-30 loss to the Bulls, but will need to lift another gear when they host the unbeaten Stormers. Still without champion flanker Richie McCaw (foot), the home side made one big change - moving Dan Carter for just his second game at inside centre in seven years. Tom Taylor takes over the five-eighth jersey and also the goalkicking duties, with Carter's wayward boot letting the Crusaders down last round. This is the second leg of a difficult four-game away trip for the Stormers, who will be desperate to atone for last year's home semi-final loss to the Crusaders.

CRUSADERS: Israel Dagg, Sean Maitland, Robbie Fruean, Dan Carter, Zac Guildford, Tom Taylor, Andy Ellis, Kieran Read (c), Matt Todd, George Whitelock, Samuel Whitelock, Tom Donnelly, Ben Franks, Corey Flynn, Wyatt Crockett. Reserves: Quentin MacDonald, Owen Franks, Luke Romano, Luke Whitelock, Willi Heinz, Ryan Crotty, Tom Marshall.

STORMERS: Joe Pietersen, Gerhard van den Heever, Juan de Jongh, Jean de Villiers (c), Bryan Habana, Peter Grant, Dewaldt Duvenage, Duane Vermeulen, Rynhardt Elstadt, Siya Kolisi, Andries Bekker, Eben Etzebeth, Brok Harris, Tiaan Liebenberg, Steven Kitshoff. Reserves: Deon Fourie, Frans Malherbe, De Kock Steenkamp, Nizaam Carr, Louis Schreuder, Burton Francis, Gio Aplon/JP du Plessis.

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Eden Park, Auckland, Friday 5.35pm (AEST)

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nib Stadium, Perth, Friday 9.10pm (AEST)

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