McCaw: We don't want to return

2011-05-05 07:48

Stephen Nell

Cape Town -The Crusaders always enjoy a visit to South Africa’s' Mother City, but part of the motivation for Saturday's Vodacom Super Rugby match against the Stormers at Newlands is to ensure that they don't have to return later this season.

"This match may be important when we get towards the end of the competition. The Stormers (second on the overall log) are right at the top and the reality is that you want to be in the top two when it comes to the knockout stages," said Crusaders captain Richie McCaw.

"If we allow the Stormers to get away it could mean that we have to come here again to win it."

The Stormers are leading the South African conference with 42 log points. They are two points ahead of the Crusaders, who are fourth on the overall log and second in the New Zealand conference behind the Blues.

Each of the three conference winners will automatically qualify for the knockout phases irrespective of their positions on the overall log.

However, the two conference winners with the most points on the overall log will go straight through to the semi-finals and therefore receive another bye.

New Zealand referee Chris Pollock will officiate in the game and McCaw believes the best way for both teams of staying on the right side of him will be to dominate the gain line.

"How you go at the breakdowns depends a lot on what is happening at the gain line. It's a lot easier when you're going forward," he said.

“It will be important this week because the Stormers have showed that they exert a lot of pressure at the breakdowns.

"When you get go forward ball and you get it in the right areas, it doesn't matter. That way you make sure the referee's interpretation does not cost you."

Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder said earlier in the week that last year's 14-42 defeat had not featured as a talking point in their camp ahead of this weekend's game.

However, McCaw mentioned that it was still in the players' memories.

"We still remember last year and it didn't go well. We want to sort that out," said the captain.

He is encouraged by the Reds' recent win over the Stormers.

"The Reds showed they are beatable. They played a smart game and attacked in the right areas of the field. No defence is infallible. If we are able to stretch them, there will always be some space."


  • justitiae - 2011-05-05 07:54

    You can bet your ass the Stormers wont be as lame as against the Reds. Just remember, gaps appear on both sides when you stretch the game. Go Stormers!

  • rugby_guru - 2011-05-05 08:03

    Stormers can sure do it, Saders not bee on fire the last few weeks after the loss of Carter... Good luck Stormers! GO SHARKS!

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-05 08:47

      Morning Guru :) Your boys will be fine this week...I foresee a taming of the shrews (whinging Brumbies) at Kings Park. I think the shrews will be smashed by the Sharks. Stormers / Saders tough to call - but I am relying on us starving them of possession (hopefully).....winning the battle of the breakdown....and stopping 'em in their tracks on attack. I also think Lionel will put in a dominant performance so that the rest of the country can see why some of us rate him so damn highly.

  • Anneleen - 2011-05-05 08:22

    Knock 'em out Stormers!!!

  • Anneleen - 2011-05-05 08:41

    Goeiemore Lloyd! Ja, skottelgoed is gedoen, matte gesuig, vloere ge"polish", ontbyt gemaak, vensters gewas...nou kry die Suid-Afrikaanse spanne my onverdeelde aandag, met die Sharks natuurlik heel eerste!

      Lloyd - 2011-05-05 08:59

      Ek is bly. Maar ek dink jy is n te nice meisie om hier rond te hang. Dinge kan ongenaakbaar raak op hierdie forums. Veral as ek nie die vrede bewaar nie.

      ZOLLAZAP - 2011-05-05 09:15

      Lloyd Die Beste sherriff in die news 24 geweste

      Edd Legend - 2011-05-05 09:51

      Brilliant comeback Aneeleen! Well, said. Go Stormers and Sharks!!

  • Anneleen - 2011-05-05 09:32

    Lloyd, moenie stres nie...ek is soos die Sharks...always one for a challenge!!

      jan du preeaz - 2011-05-05 21:02

      of n' moerse pak slae as jy laas saterdag se wedstryd onthou

  • Carl Muller - 2011-05-05 10:08

    Hate him if you will, but you have to respect him. He is playing with the All Black spirit of playing to the end to win...

  • Kok - 2011-05-05 10:32

    Go Lloyd!!!!!! Ek is 'n vuurwarm All Blacks en Crusaders ondersteuner.

      Lloyd - 2011-05-05 11:01

      Ek is n vuurwarm enige-iets-anti-Stormer ondersteuner.

      Sam - 2011-05-05 11:42

      @ Lloyd, every time that I look at your picture I laugh, I just love hating you. Kiwis rule but Lloyd sucks

      Sam - 2011-05-05 11:57

      Zolly, I'm a kiwi, it's 9.55 pm, misty, I used google translation for Afrikaans..... shouldn't you be at school?

      ZOLLAZAP - 2011-05-05 12:22

      Sam so what is your so called translation of Hottie?

  • thumper - 2011-05-05 12:27

    You see Lloyd and Zolla just confirm how good the Stormers are. If they sucked then nobody would bother talking so much about them everyday? The Stormers success irritates them and that makes me smile. McCaw doesn't want to come back here??? Who says the Crusaders are even gonna make it to the playoffs? Arrogant twat!

      ZOLLAZAP - 2011-05-05 12:50

      Thumper ek en n paar van my pelle is net hier om die tyd om te kry en die k-k uit julle te irriteer maar n feit bly n feit 11 year no cups

      Lloyd - 2011-05-05 12:57

      "The Stormers success". What success would that be?

      ZOLLAZAP - 2011-05-05 13:03

      The success of not being relegated to Vodacom cup after a 10 year no cup streak

      thumper - 2011-05-05 13:06

      Thats right guys. Keep it up, I'm beginning to enjoy reading your stupid comments and seeing the reactions from first time readers. In the meantime Lloyd, don't shout to loudly for the Stormers on saturday and give your game away.

  • jan du preeaz - 2011-05-05 21:09

    richie, most south africans cannot wait to see hou you thump these arrogant stormers into the sea, just be careful though, skalk and his billy ray cirys wannebe tjommie duan like to hand out cheap shots from behind, because they know they can get away with it as skalkie's uncle is the citing commissioner at that game. afterwards make a hasty retreat from the staduim, 45000 wine and tik abusers can get really nasty. lastly, i hope you guys find toilets with walls...

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