We also big time missed Coles, Ben Smith, Ryan Crotty to a lesser degree and a goal kicker.
See I'd say I felt Ryan Crotty was missed a lot, he is very much like Conrad Smith, he communicates well, and see's things that other players don't. He is dependable on defense and doesn't give away a lot of penalties.
If Ben Smith had been in that last game, we would not have scored the Laumape try as he wasn't tall enough to catch that BB kick I don't think. It was near the maximum of JB's 6.5" reach.
I thought Codie Taylor afforded himself well at hooker.
Yes true about Crotty and if he is out for the playoffs in super rugby the Crusaders don't win it.
I am hoping that neither of those things are true as a Crusaders fan, however, you may be right. This week will be telling. I have great hopes for Jack Goodhue, I wasn't surprised to see him included in the AB's Squad.
Yes, and if he is injured they need to still keep Havilli at fullback also.
Not sure about this weeks game. They have to win to keep 1st place but do you play the front row and Whitelock?