Fiji Time: 12:42 PM on Sunday 23 July

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Crusaders aim for eighth title

Planet Rugby
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

CHRISTCHURCH - The Crusaders will travel to Sydney to play in the Super Rugby Final undaunted and full of excitement next weekend.

Coach Todd Blackadder talked up the prospect of playing at the Olympic Stadium in Sydney against the Australian side, who topped the Super Rugby table and then defeating the Brumbies to book their spot.

The Crusaders will be gunning for a remarkable eighth Super Rugby title, but their first since 2008.

With Richie McCaw and Dan Carter back in the fold the Crusaders appear to peaking just at the right time.

"I don't think we'll be daunted by the challenge at all. If anything it's a great opportunity for us," said Blackadder.

"We're really excited about the opportunity.

"The Olympic Stadium is a great venue, we haven't played the Waratahs, don't know them that well although obviously we've seen a lot of their footage and they're the top qualifier.

"I think the past is the past and the last couple of years we haven't quite got across the line but we've got a group of men here who are pretty excited to do something special this year so the want and desire is definitely there."

Meanwhile Waratahs lock Will Skelton's incredible carry settled Saturday's semi-final win over the Brumbies, but his focus after was elsewhere.

Skelton was penalised for a clumsy tackle on Brumbies scrum-half Nic White that might have cost his side had the visitors been able to break through the defence.

Admitting that his height was no excuse, the two-metre tall second row underlined that he would be working on his tackling technique.

"I've just got to get lower, full stop. I'm pretty tall but I can't use that as an excuse. You don't want to cost the team," Skelton told AAP.

"I'll try my best to work on that this week."








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.63190.6129
JPY 56.703853.7038
GBP 0.38510.3771
EUR 0.43100.4190
NZD 0.68430.6513
AUD 0.63360.6086
USD 0.50330.4863

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 21st, July, 2017

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Police detain chief
  2. Village has own brand
  3. West festival raises awareness on climate change
  4. Travel is a struggle
  5. Improve skills and accuracy
  6. Ministry awaits full results of WHO probe
  7. Faith-based impact
  8. Rehabilitation works finish
  9. Climate threat not new
  10. Spinal injury group targets 4 projects

Top Stories this Week

  1. Cane field murder Tuesday (18 Jul)
  2. Body of baby found in Nabua Wednesday (19 Jul)
  3. No threat, says RFMF Monday (17 Jul)
  4. Journals from the UK Friday (21 Jul)
  5. Former soldier seeks forgiveness Tuesday (18 Jul)
  6. Mother and children perish in fire Thursday (20 Jul)
  7. Space to share Thursday (20 Jul)
  8. $30m absence Monday (17 Jul)
  9. Radradra in for RLWC Tuesday (18 Jul)
  10. Baber hunts for speedsters Friday (21 Jul)