Deans plotting Waratahs downfall


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This week Crusaders coach Robbie Deans is plotting the downfall of Australian players in the Waratahs team.


On Monday he will be Wallabies coach and will be looking at ways to make some of the same players excel on the rugby field ahead of the Wallabies test against Ireland on June 14.

But if there is a myriad of emotions zipping through Deans’ mind as he counts down his final hours as the Crusaders’ coach, he has been masking it well.

“It’s no different than any other campaign. I have been at this point 12 times, not always in the final,” Deans told The Press after a light training at Rugby Park yesterday.

“That obviously has the realities with it, that our blokes don’t enjoy. But there’s no certainty for anyone. That’s the same for management as the players.”

Crusaders captain Richie McCaw maintained that there had been no talk about the need to send the coach off in style at AMI Stadium in Christchurch.

“Not really. Obviously after the game you think about those things,” McCaw said.

“We have got other guys going this year as well. But that’s secondary and Robbie himself drives that. We have got to go out and play a final.”

McCaw said the players would not be going out to give Deans the ultimate high of winning his fifth title since taking over as head coach in 2000.

“We shouldn’t need any extra motivation. That’s the way we are going to approach it and that’s the way we have got to.

“It’s just business as usual. I guess the outside influences are talking about it, but we have just to leave that to them and focus on what we do.”

Deans said his last week in charge of the Crusaders would be spent focusing on managing his players to ensure they were in top shape for the final, and keeping them fresh.

“Recovery is important. We obviously pull back at this time of the year, there is not much point pushing too hard with our conditioning in the gym or even out on the pitch.”

Deans added that there was no point in pushing his players in training but that they would not shy away from physical contact.

Instead, he said the volume of training would be less.

“There’s no point in flogging that area. It’s about recovering fully and entering the game in the right frame of mind. Because the mind is the key at this point.”

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