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McCaw :Crusaders were let down by composure

The Chiefs celebrate victory over the Crusaders

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Article Published: Friday 27 July 2012






Crusders captain Richie McCaw said that they had been let down by their composure and blamed some crucial mistakes for their 20-14 Semi-final loss to the Chiefs.

Last year's finalists the Crusaders were knocked out of the title race by the Chiefs who won the New Zealand Conference and finished ahead of the men from Canterbury.

Super Rugby's most succesful team the Crusaders have now not won a title since 2008 when Robbie Deans was in charge.

The Crusaders have built their seven titles on an ability to prevail in the clinches and five of their last six matches against the Chiefs have been won by seven points or less.

But their players couldn't find the answer on Friday to the questions posed by the Chiefs.

"The Chiefs put us under pressure and we made crucial mistakes," Richie McCaw said.

"We never really got our game going which probably comes down to a good Chiefs team - but we were let down by our composure as well."

Chiefs captain Craig Clarke said he was so pleased with the result he could hardly believe it.

"It's pretty unreal at the moment. We just have to look at the scoreboard and let it sink in a little bit," Clarke said.

"Their try just before halftime certainly made the game interesting."

Clarke was a key member of Chiefs pack who reversed a set piece drubbing that suffered at the Crusaders hands only three weeks ago.

"It was better, it wasn't perfect," Clarke said.

"A couple of scrums went backwards and a couple of lineouts were overthrown or too slow. It certainly wasn't perfect but it was good enough."

The Chiefs will now wait until early morning New Zealand time to find out who they are facing in the final and if the Sharks can beat the Stormers which would give the Chiefs home advantage in the final.

 
 
 
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