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Read : Crusaders won't change their gameplan

Crusaders captain Kieran Read says they still back their new game plan

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Article Published: Sunday 3 March 2013|

Crusaders captain Kieran Read says that they will continue to back their new game plan even though they lost their season opening Super Rugby match to a young and inexperienced Blues team.

The Crusaders agreed on a new more attacking game plan in the offseason but against the Blues they were unable to score a try.

The Blues had no such troubles and ran in five tries as they romped to a 34-15 victory over the Christchurch franchise.

The Crusaders face the Hurricanes in Wellington next week and they too will be desperate to secure their first victory of the season after losses to the Blues and Reds.

Read said that while the Crusaders were unable to score any tries in match using their new attacking game plan they did show "glimpses" of their potential in the second half.

"We certainly have the players in the squad to play attacking footy and that is what we want to achieve," Read told Fairfax NZ News.

"We will back ourselves 100 per cent in the way we want to play and will turn up next week and try and do that in Wellington."

The Crusaders can take something from the match although it will only frustrate them more as they did manage to put Israel Dagg away for a try only for the TMO to disallow it.

Part of the Crusaders problem was that they played Dagg at centre instead of fullback and the Blues repeatedly exposed the gaps in the first half.

In the second half they moved Dagg back to fullback when Fruean was replaced and Tom Taylor moved into the midfield.

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