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McCaw :Chiefs can win their first Super Rugby title

Richie McCaw has backed the Chiefs to win the title

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Article Published: Saturday 28 July 2012|

Crusaders and All Blacks captain Richie McCaw says that having played the Chiefs twice in the last month he has no doubt that they can win their first Super Rugby title.

The Chiefs will have home advantage in the Super Rugby final when they play the Sharks at Waikato Stadium on Saturday.

McCaw's Crusaders were unable to beat the Chiefs in the Semi-final and lost 20-17 on Friday.

The All Black captain admitted that the Crusaders were "a few notches off" their best but lauded the Chiefs for their performance and said they have what it takes to go all the way if they can continue to play at that level.

"That's always the challenge in sport but if they're able to get to that level again, then there's no reason that they can't."

McCaw said that the Chiefs ability to win quick ruck ball against his team had proved decisive especially in the first half when prop Sona Taumalo and flanker Liam Messam scored the Chiefs tries.

The Crusaders captain said that this led to his team back-pedalling defenders falling off far too many tackles.

"And they ran particularly hard at us, guys like Liam and Sonny (Bill Williams), and when you're a bit flat-footed, they're hard men to tackle."

Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder admitted that they made too many mistakes to deserve a place in the Super Rugby final.

However his counterpart Dave Rennie said that the Chiefs were far better prepared mentally than in their last two regular season matches which they lost to the Crusaders and Hurricanes.

"We don't want to use it as an excuse but we just weren't as desperate in those last couple of games," Rennie told AAP.

"This time you could see from the opening whistle there was more intensity in everything we did.

"There were a lot of guys who made big contributions defensively so it made a massive difference."

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