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Reds want to win Super Rugby title for Mckenzie

Reds players want Director of Rugby Ewen McKenzie to go out on a high

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Article Published: Tuesday 16 July 2013|

Reds prop James Slipper says that they want to beat the Crusaders this weekend and win the Super Rugby title for outgoing Director of Rugby Ewen McKenzie.

The Reds boss will take over the Wallabies for the Rugby Championship straight after the Super Rugby season and new re-signings Liam Gill, James Slipper and Rob Simmons say that they are determined to send McKenzie out a winner.

"It's a huge focus," 37-Test prop Slipper said.

"Without a doubt we wouldn't be where we are now unless Link (McKenzie) came in."

"To repay him with a final and hopefully a championship would be something remarkable and something we are striving for."

Gill added: "That (sending out McKenzie a winner) is a big stepping point that we can use.

"We love playing for him," Gill told the Sydney Morning Herald.

The Reds have enjoyed some success against the Crusaders in recent years and have won their last three matches against them in Brisbane including the 2011 Super Rugby final.

However their last six visits to Christchurch have all ended in defeat as their last victory in the city was in 1999.

Former Force coach Richard Graham took over the coaching of the Reds this year and he says they will head for New Zealand with a lot of confidence.

"They have a fantastic record at home but certainly the Reds' record over the last four years have been very good against them, probably the best of anyone in the competition," Graham said.

"So we go over there with a lot of confidence on the back of beating all the other New Zealand teams this season."

When reminded of the Reds record against the Crusaders in Christchurch Graham said,"Records are meant to be broken.

"If we look back at history we have beaten them in the final, we have beaten them three times I think prior to that, and the boys know how to go to New Zealand and win."

The Reds expect to have captains James Horwill and Will Genia back from injury and Gill said that they will be out to prove a point against the Crusaders who will more than likely have All Blacks captain Richie McCaw back this week.

"We really want to showcase that we are a force to be reckoned with coming into the finals and there is no better way of doing it than coming up against arguably one of the best franchises in the finals," he said.

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