Crusaders disappointed with pressure death




It was a case of pressure applied slowly which saw the Crusaders bow out of the competition against the Bulls on Saturday.

The champion side simply failed to make inroads into the game, and both skipper Richie McCaw and coach Robbie Deans conceded as much after the game.

“They played how you have got to in a semi-final,” said McCaw.

“They put us under a lot of pressure and those three points keep adding up, so at the end of the day they deserved their win.

“They put some big hits in and stopped our momentum dead still. They got their tails up and we struggled to get our game going.”

Meanwhile Robbie Deans was full of praise for the development of the Bulls’ rugby under the auspices of their coach Heyneke Meyer

“They are passionate for the game here.

“The guys gave it their best shot but we came out second

“The fact that there were no tries is indicative of how the match played out.

“Both sides gave away penalties but the field position where we gave ours away and Derick [Hougaard] made us pay.

“The Bulls have been making good progress. Heyneke’s [Meyer] done some great work – he is a real student of the game.”

The master coach also noted that the Bulls are definitely capable of winning the trophy when they travel to Durban on Saturday.


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