TOUGH TASK: Crusaders

Among the changes, Ryan Crotty comes back at inside centre for Tim Bateman after sitting out last weekend’s clash against the Sunwolves, while All Blacks prop Owen Franks also comes back.

Robertson, meanwhile, knows they will be in for one of their toughest challenges of the season to date.

The unbeaten coach tells the New Zealand Herald: “Their counterattack has definitely changed.

“They’ve got some players who are backing themselves and backing their skills.”

He adds that the battle will be won up front and says: “They’ve still got their strengths – their scrum and lineout which is very strong."