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Crusaders keep the faith

The Crusaders have followed the Waratahs in naming an unchanged side for the Super Rugby Final in Sydney.

The Crusaders, the seven-time champions, booked their place in the final with a 38-6 demolition of the Sharks.

And coach Todd Blackadder has kept faith in the same 23 players for Saturday's concluding game to the season.

The match is the first time the two sides have clashed in 2014 and Blackadder believes this adds to the occasion.

"There is an unknown element given that we haven't played the Waratahs so far this year, but that goes for both teams," said Blackadder.

\"We are just focused on being as prepared as we can be to put in the best performance we're capable of.

"We know we have the game of our lives ahead of us but are not daunted by the challenge, we are looking forward to it.

"We've got a group of men who want this badly and who have the talent to do it."

Crusaders: 15 Dagg, 14 Fonotia, 13 Crotty, 12 Carter, 11 Nadolo, 10 Slade, 9 Ellis, 1 Crockett, 2 Flynn, 3 O Franks, 4 Bird, 5 S Whitelock, 6 McCaw, 7 Todd, 8 Kieran Read (c)Replacements: 16 Funnell, 17 Moody, 18 Laulala, 19 Tupou, 20 Taufau, 21 Heinz, 22 Taylor, 23 McNicholl