Samu on the bench for Super Rugby final

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by AAP

Pete Samu has been labelled an impact specialist by Crusaders coach Scott Robertson, which is why the Wallabies international is still on the bench for the Super Rugby final.

Coach Scott Robertson was forced to make one starting change for Saturday's showdown with the Lions in Christchurch after flanker Jordan Taufua broke his arm in the semi-final.

It was expected Samu would wear the No.6 jersey but Robertson plumped for the more industrious Heiden Bedwell-Curtis.

It will be the ninth bench appearance of the season for fleet-footed Samu, who was also employed in an impact role in all three Tests against Ireland when he made his Australian debut in June.

"Heiden has been extraordinary every time he has played for us and it is probably more that Pete is exceptional off the bench," Robertson said.

"He can change the pace of the game up, it is a real strength of his."

Pete Samu will come off the bench for the Wallabies in Melbourne. Photo: RUGBY.com.au/Stuart WalmsleyThere is one bench change from the team which thrashed the Hurricanes 30-12 last week.

Reserve hooker Sebastian Siataga also broke his arm in what was his Super Rugby debut.

Andrew Makalio will take that spot if he shakes off a calf injury. Otherwise fifth-ranked Cruaders hooker Sam Anderson-Heather will be the backup to All Black Codie Taylor.

Robertson revealed he struggled with another bench choice, where he stuck with Tim Perry as loosehead prop reserve rather than Wyatt Crockett.

It means Crockett will be in the stands for what would have been his 203rd and final game for the Crusaders.

Super Rugby's most capped player, Crockett is ending a 13-year association with the eight-time champions.

"It was the hardest decision I have had to make as a coach, I will be honest with you," Robertson said.

"Great man, great Crusader. Highest capped and given more to this team than anyone else. We want to send him out the way he should be sent out, and we promised we would."

The Crusaders host the Lions in the Super Rugby final on Saturday August 4, kicking off at 7:35pm local, 5:35pm AEST, LIVE on FOX SPORTS and via RUGBY.com.au RADIO.

TEAM

Crusaders to face the Lions

1. Joe Moody

2.   Codie Taylor    

3.   Owen Franks    

4.   Scott Barrett    

5.   Sam Whitelock (C)    

6.   Heiden Bedwell-Curtis    

7.   Matt Todd (VC)

8.   Kieran Read

9.   Bryn Hall

10. Richie Mo'unga

11. George Bridge

12. Ryan Crotty (VC)

13. Jack Goodhue

14. Seta Tamanivalu

15. David Havili

Reserves

16.  Sam Anderson-Heather

17.  Tim Perry

18.  Michael Alaalatoa

19.  Luke Romano

20.  Pete Samu

21.  Mitchell Drummond

22.  Mitchell Hunt

23. Braydon Ennor

Lions team for the Crusaders

1. Jacques Van Rooyen

2. Malcolm Marx

3. Ruan Dreyer

4. Marvin Orie

5. Franco Mostert

6. Kwagga Smith

7. Lourens Erasmus

8. Warren Whiteley (C)

9. Ross Cronje

10. Elton Jantjies

11. Aphiwe Dyantyi

12. Harold Vorster

13. Lionel Mapoe

14. Ruan Combrinck

15. Andries Coetzee

Reserves

16. Corne Fourie

17. Dylan Smith

18. Johannes Jonker

19. Hacjivah Dayimani

20. Marnus Schoeman

21. Dillon Smit

22. Courtnall Skosan

23. Howard Mnisi

24. Cyle Brink

25. Shaun Reynolds