Crusaders' victory 'is huge' - Israel Dagg
March 9, 2014
The Crusaders just about kept their season alive against the Stormers in Christchurch (video available only in Australia)
The Crusaders aren't getting too excited after recording their first win of the Super Rugby season; rather, they are relieved simply to be on the board not matter how the 14-13 victory against the Stormers was achieved.
The Crusaders now have not lost in 33 matches at home to South African teams since 2001, and they are nine-from-nine at home against the Stormers, but they seemed unlikely to maintain those proud records when they trailed 13-6 going into the final 10 minutes. Replacement centre Kieron Fonotia then scored a try in the 71st minute, with his first touch of the ball off the bench, and Tom Taylor landed the go-ahead penalty, but the Crusaders still had to withstand a ferocious spell of Stormers possession during which time they made life difficult missing a straightforward touchfinder.
"This is huge," Israel Dagg said simply of the result. "Three losses, it would have been a sad Sunday."
Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder accepted his side was "a long way off where we want to be", saying "we're too narrow, we're not attacking space, we're attacking into the heart of their defence so we need to work on that".
"At the moment, it looks like we're thinking too much rather than having a go," Blackadder said. "It's good to get some numbers on the board. This competition is incredibly tough."
Taylor said: "You could tell out there we really wanted it. At times things didn't go our way We've lacked a bit of passion and we showed that tonight, mainly through our defence."
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