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Crusaders pleased Waratahs moved the final

Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder is happy that the Waratahs have switched venues

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Article Published: Wednesday 30 July 2014|

 Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder says that they are glad the Waratahs moved the Super Rugby final from the Sydney Football Stadium to ANZ Stadium.

The Waratahs are unbeaten this year at the Sydney Football Stadium (SFS) and have agreed to move the final to the bigger ANZ Stadium at Olympic Park in order to cash in on the opportunity.

The SFS can hold up to 44 000 fans while the ANZ Stadium can seat 83 500 fans and the Waratahs are hoping to break the tournament record of 55 000.

"There is no way I would ever give-up home advantage to anyone," Blackadder told The Press.

"This could only be the accountants and not so much the players (making the decision). I don't think it will make a difference to them, no-one is going to be hamstrung by it.

"But for us it is just the psychological aspect of going to a neutral stadium is just fantastic."

Blackadder said that he was pleased that the Waratahs have moved the match as it may have taken some of the Waratahs home advantage away.

"I'm pleased we are playing there and not the other stadium where they have had so much success," he added.

"It almost feels like it is a neutral venue for us."

Crusaders back Ryan Crotty agreed with his coach about the Waratahs giving up the chance to play where they have been so succesful this year.

"Yeah it's a wee bit weird. I know we wouldn't be taking ours away from AMI. That's interesting, it doesn't change (things) for us. "

"We still have a job to do when we get over there."

Blackadder said that they learned a few things from the last time they were in a Super Rugby final when they faced the Reds in Reds in 2011.

"What we learned from 2011 is that we actually need to get out and get fresh air. We were cooped-up in the hotel, there was no natural sunlight, no fresh air.

"It just didn't serve us well; we almost felt lethargic and went into the game lethargic."

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