Sunday, March 13, 2011

No qualms for Crusaders - (14/03/2011)

Richie McCaw says the Crusaders players would have no qualms about playing their round five Investec Super Rugby match against the Sharks at Twickenham.

The match on Friday week can't be played at AMI Stadium due to damage sustained from the devastating earthquake which ravaged Christchurch last month.

Twickenham is one possible venue – Timaru the other - for the clash but an English premiership match involving Harlequins at The Stoop next door is scheduled for the same day and could yet force a re-think.

But McCaw, umpiring at the Fill the Basin for Christchurch charity Twenty20 cricket match in Wellington, said the displaced team would take it all in their stride if the match went ahead at the home of English rugby.

"If that happened you just get on and do it," said McCaw. "You look at it in the positive and enjoy it. It could all be good."
"If we did go there are a lot of guys who haven't played there before and it's a pretty cool place to play. You just get on with it rather than worry about it."

That determined attitude has been to the fore since the players returned to action in Nelson two weeks ago against the Waratahs and followed up with an emphatic 52-10 rout of the Brumbies at Trafalgar Park on Friday night.

"There's no point moaning about it [the situation] because there's a competition going on and we want to have a good crack at it," McCaw said. "Sometimes when you have a bit of adversity it brings you tighter so hopefully the boys will keep going."

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