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Flynn ready for a ‘pearler’ of a match

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One of this weekend’s big clashes is between the Crusaders and the Blues and it has been described by some of the players as grudge match.


For Ali Williams who left the Blues after being sent home ahead of the Semi final it’s going to be just that.


The Crusaders will be coming off their first loss this year which dented their pride and the Blues will be looking for a much needed win to ensure that they stay in the hunt for a play off.


“We always knew it was coming, and as it’s panned out it’s going to be a pearler of a game,” Crusaders hooker Corey Flynn told RugbyHeaven after completing the first training session of the week in Christchurch.


“Friday night footy is always good and with the Blues coming down, it’s a bit of a grudge match I suppose.


“We’ve got Ali here and he’s going to be up for it. The boys today you could see they want to put last week behind us and really get on to this week.”


Crusaders coach Robbie Deans has put his team through an extra long session as they looked to blow out the cobwebs from Hamilton and Flynn has shrugged off any suggestions thats it’s the Blues who have it all to play for at AMI Stadium.


“All the talk will be on the Blues being desperate and blah, blah, blah. But we’re by no means safe.


“We’ve had a good start but if we can’t get to the end of the round-robin and be in a commanding position then it’s all for nothing. We are pretty desperate and it’s about how we react to it.”


Flynn says that he is wary of the position that the Blues have put themselves into and said, “A Blues team that’s desperate is one of the most dangerous teams I’ve encountered.


“I’ve played against them before when we’ve been the in-form team and they’ve been the ones with the desperation, and they’ve come out and absolutely given us a hiding.”


Flynn, who has played three tests for the All Blacks but been in the international wilderness since 2003, describes last weekend’s Chiefs hiccup as a “timely wakeup call”.


“We were coasting along quite nicely,” says Flynn.


“We had everyone patting us on the back, cheering us along. That can bring a little bit of, I suppose, heads in the clouds. We definitely got that knocked out of us last weekend.”


Flynn says the Crusaders will learn from last week’s loss, “We all knew what we needed to do to be successful against the Chiefs, we were all on the same page but we just didn’t execute it. That’s the biggest concern.”


“We didn’t dominate, we didn’t take it to them as we wanted to. There’s a couple of old school guys here that will feel that, feel the pressure.


“The only way we can address it is to get out there this Friday night and give the Blues some.”

 

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