LIVE: ‘Rising’ Force up for heavyweight challenge


Three big outs for the Crusaders, who are resting All Blacks trio Richie Mo’unga, Sam Whitelock and Sevu Reece for the opening clash of round four.

They will be taking on a Western Force side who are looking to avenge their disappointing loss to the Hurricanes last week.

And could this be the opportunity for the Force to cause an upset?

“This is a huge one,” Allana Ferguson told Stan Sport.

“Richie Mo’unga being out alone is a big opportunity. I can’t wait to see what the Force turn up with and the strategies they want to play with.

“I think they’re a team that can strangle the opposition.”

CRUSADERS (1-15): Tamaiti Williams, Codie Taylor, Michael Alaalatoa, Scott Barrett (c), Mitchell Dunshea, Whetukamokamo Douglas, Sione Havili Talitui, Cullen Grace, Bryn Hall, Fergus Blake, Leicester Fainga’anuku, David Havili, Braydon Ennor, Manasa Mataele, Will Jordan

FORCE (1-15): Tom Robertson, Feleti Kaitu’u, Santiago Medrano, Jeremy Thrush, Sitaleki Timani, Fergus Lee-Warner, Kane Koteka, Ollie Callan, Tomas Cubelli, Domingo Miotti, Richard Kahui, Kyle Godwin (c), Tevita Kuridrani, Toni Pulu, Jake Strachan

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