Taylor sees Reds as opportunity for redemption

Crusaders centre Tom Taylor wants to use this weekend’s Super Rugby qualifying final to make up for an error he made last weekend against the Hurricanes.

Taylor spotted a gap last weekend and darted for the tryline but ignored an unmarked Ryan Crotty outside him.

The centre paid a heavy price for his indiscretion as the gap closed and he failed to score the try and he took a heavy knock from Hurricanes fullback James Marshall.

“I don’t really know what I was thinking, I can’t really remember too much either to be honest,” said Taylor who has been cleared to face the Reds told Fairfax.

“But, yeah, I have looked at the clips and it was certainly on to pass.”

Taylor went down after a while of lying in the AMI Stadium grass he walked off and was told by team doctor Deb Robinson that his game was over.

Despite Taylor’s mistake the Crusaders won the match 25-17 and have progressed to the play offs. Taylor however still can’t remember which part of Marshall’s body he connected with.

“I’m not too sure. I think it was the elbow or the shoulder. It was something hard, anyway, and I definitely just dropped.

“It was just a bit of a bell ringer really. I was on the ground with the ringing in my ears and it was a bit of a shock really. “

“But I have been happy with the way I have been feeling this week which has been really good.”

With Taylor being fit the Crusaders didn’t have to contemplate moving Dan Carter to second-five and bring Tyler Bleyendaal into No 10.

Taylor says that he will have to target Ben Tapuai on the drift defence from set plays as keeping their defensive lines in place will be crucial in ensuring that Quade Cooper has no time to relax.

“He plays really well when guys give him time and space. I think if you can just get into his face and shut him down before he has the time to use his feet and do stuff he does really well.”

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