Todd break a setback for Crusaders
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"It's really important we keep our rhythm and momentum, a bit of consistency," he said on Thursday.
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"They've got big men, an international-experienced forward pack and they're quality, playing good footy," he said.
Stepping up into Todd's boots will be Billy Harmon. He showed his ability when coming off the bench against the Chiefs last weekend and had been exceptional, Robertson said.
"He played well at the Tens and was incredible in the pre-season and off the bench as well. He deserves the opportunity, he is confident," Robertson said.
The champions now have six All Blacks on the sideline: Kieran Read, Joe Moody, Owen Franks, Israel Dagg, Tim Perry and Todd.
There wasn't any room for sentimentality in the side named for the game. Lock Luke Romano may be set to make his 100th Super Rugby appearance, but Scott Barrett has been preferred to partner Sam Whitelock as the starting locks. Romano will come off the bench.
Robertson said of his 31-Test All Black Romano that he was 'an incredibly giving bloke, a real ideas man'.
"He's big, strong, a little bit old school in the way he plays but new school in the way he thinks, always challenging me around how we can do things better," he said.
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