Quick links: Rugby Video | Six Nations Rugby | Premiership Rugby | LV= Cup | Rugby Championship | Heineken Cup Rugby | Pro 12 Rugby | Super Rugby | Currie Cup Rugby | Rugby World Cup
 
 
 

Blackadder: It came down to fingertips


Email Article | | Print Article | Click here for a free $150 Bet

Article Published: Saturday 25 February 2012


Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder has admitted that his team were fortunate to come away from Eden Park as the winners of the 18-19 Super rugby match.

"It came down to some fingertips" was Blackadder's summation of the Crusaders victory.

Blues first five-eighths Piri Weepu attempted to win the match with a drop goal but wing Israel Dagg got his fingers to the ball which sent the ball wide of the posts.

"It was certainly an arm wrestle. There was a lot of pressure out there and both teams at times made a few uncharacteristic errors but you'd expect that under pressure."

"Once again it came down to the wire against a good side," Blackadder told Sportal.

Blackadder compared the contest to a boxing match which had nerves on edge in both coaches' boxes.

"I felt watching the game the momentum went back and forth, back and forth and two heavyweights slugging it out to win the critical moments," he said.

"A dropped ball can turn into a breakout, a counter attack. Not being able to execute set piece pressure."

"If you don't win your lineout or your scrum opportunity lost. It was a little bit like that and then it is hard to get that momentum.

Blackadder said that the Crusaders had wanted to start their Super Rugby campaign on a win and to show that they had learned the lessons from last year.

"In the back of our minds too, with the earthquake and the anniversary we really wanted to do it for our people so I am really pleased our guys gutsed it out.

"We are really pleased. To win ugly, I know it was messy at times but we're really pleased that we got a good result and we'll take a lot from the game and be far better next week," he said.

bet365
 
 
Heineken Cup Rugby News
European Champions Cup to kick off in November
Europe's Rugby Champions Cup and the Challenge Cup will kick off in the middle of November later this year due to the Rugby World Cup which finishes in October.
Read more on this Rugby news article

Other recent news
European Champions Cup quarter finalists confirmed
Munster end on a high by smashing Sale Sharks
Bath survive Glasgow charge and qualify for last 8

More Heineken Cup Rugby News

Aviva Premiership
Cockerill : Tuilagi may not play again this season
Leicester Tigers Director of Rugby Richard Cockerill has revealed that their star England centre Manu Tuilagi could spend the rest of the season on the sidelines due to injury
Read more on this Rugby news article

Other recent news
Harlequins sign Scotland winger Tim Visser
Bath victory means London Welsh are relegated
Cipriani helps Sale Sharks beat Gloucester

More Aviva Premiership News

Anglo Welsh Cup News
Six Nations Rugby
Ritchie: England finishing second is 'not acceptable'
Rugby Football Union (RFU) chief executive Ian Ritchie has said that England's fourth consecutive runners-up finish in the Six Nations is "not acceptable".
Read more on this Rugby news article

Other recent news
Frenzied 6N finale sends World Cup warning
Mike Brown slams lacklustre Italy and Scotland
Ireland end 60 year wait for back to back titles

More Six Nations Rugby News

 
Rugby Week Sponsor
 
 
Latest Rugby video