Monday, April 23, 2012

Crusaders beginning to have fun

Other teams should start to get worried when the Crusaders say they are having fun, with the seven-time champions beginning to click up the gears as the second half of the regular season begins.

Timing a run is something the most decorated franchise in Investec Super Rugby history knows a thing or two about, and with the Waratahs next up in Sydney, a titanic battle up front beckons.

The NSW forwards are beginning to find form, with Wallaby forwards littered throughout their pack, while the Crusaders scrum is beginning to look ominous.

Captain Kieran Read, who is leading his team from the front, and arguably the form number eight in the tournament, said that the Crusaders wanted to put the squeeze on the Hurricanes forwards in Wellington.

“The boys really stepped up,” he said.

“We knew that was an area we could put some real heat on them and this tight five is working really well.”

With the Hurricanes showing their danger throughout the season, the Crusaders made a point to start with all gun’s blazing, and their 32-0 halftime lead was testament to arguably the best 40 minutes played by Read and his troops this season.

While the pack is firing, what was most pleasing was how backs like Israel Dagg, Robbie Fruean and Zac Guildford went looking for work – while Dan Carter brought up his 100th Super Rugby match in style.

The highest point’s scorer in Super Rugby history was presented with a traditional mere at the end of the match.

Read said the Crusaders strong opening dictated how they wanted to play the game.

"It is great fun playing footie when the boys start like that," Read said.

"The way we started it is pretty hard for them to contain us."

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