Crusaders driven by fear of missing out

NZ Newswire July 4, 2012, 4:36 pm

Fear of missing a place in the Super Rugby play-offs for the first time in 11 years has fired up the Crusaders ahead of their clash with competition leaders the Chiefs in Hamilton on Friday night.

The Chiefs, 24-19 winners when the two teams met in Napier in March, have cemented top spot in the New Zealand Conference spot.

However, the Crusaders, reeling from a 23-22 loss to the Hurricanes last Saturday, are fifth on the log and face dropping out of the top six if they lose at Waikato Stadium.

Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder says the return of All Blacks Israel Dagg, Dan Carter and Kieran Read from injury has helped to fuel the desire within the squad to give everything for the cause.

"The guys are pretty fired up," he said on Wednesday.

"They were really disappointed with last weekend."

Blackadder said the players' motivation meant the coaching staff hadn't had to do much this week apart from select the side and be clear about the game plan.

The naming of the team was delayed until after the final training in Christchurch to ensure Dagg, Carter and Read emerged unscathed.

Their inclusion means the seven-time champions will have 12 All Blacks in their starting line-up, including an entire pack with Test experience.

"We're pleased we've got a good line-up for a big game," Blackadder said.

"We're playing the best team in the competition and they deserve the right to say they're No.1."

He said the fixture came at a good time.

It was straight after a loss and it gave his team the chance to show they were better than the performance they put out against the Hurricanes.

"We're disappointed we didn't nail it as we had every opportunity," he said.

"But it's been one of those seasons where we haven't nailed those moments, so this is a good test for us and we've got to bring our A game against the Chiefs."

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  1. il Duce04:36pm Thursday 05th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    The pills aren't holding you, porky hamm, need to up the're still deluded. Unfortunately there's nothing you can take that will ameliorate your stupidity.

  2. John hamm04:09pm Thursday 05th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    the chiefs have better forwards.....better half back ...better no10 ....better no12...better wings....better full back....all younger and has beens

  3. tom02:54am Thursday 05th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    "Penalties" resumes Friday night.Watch the ref blow his whistle/raise his arm/point his finger/mouth his words.Watch the Game of Penalties decide who wins and who loses.Watch the sideline refs ignore blatant off sides/forward passes/and obvious tries."Penalties'-this Friday-"Squaws"vs "Blackadders".

  4. otago4ever10:39pm Wednesday 04th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    the chiefs are in dooo darrr land hahaha

  5. skypilot08:00pm Wednesday 04th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    its true that fear gets the adrenalin pumping . just last night i nearly lost it on the approach to GATWICK luckily my 2nd disconnected the AUTO PILOT and performed manually , much to the hosties enjoyment . and then we landed !

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  6. ROMMEL07:12pm Wednesday 04th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    so is it true that the chief fan brings his girl friend to every game and she gets tb tested at half time ,,,,ja

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  7. WharfiesBiatch07:11pm Wednesday 04th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Stu, you da one gonna get herself hurt if you doned leeff my wharfie alone dis friday. I wan him home erly, not play fiddling games wid you all nite! You go play wid PG, he like it a lot too. Pansi boys.

  8. Lisa06:57pm Wednesday 04th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    I knew them band-aiders were scared well they are gonna be even more scared after this weekend they are gonna leave waikato stadium wondering wtf just happened :)

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  9. 06:39pm Wednesday 04th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    PG your still a wanker -you must be a soccer lover where's your boyfriend WOOFFIE

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  10. Perplexed06:38pm Wednesday 04th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    not fur pewtrid giule then ya,best yu stick tu that beuitiful culles an kisses game


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