Blackadder won’t get rattled after another loss

Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder was not consulted about the new bonus point rules

Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder says that he get rattled after his team suffered another Super Rugby pre-season loss and another injury.

The Crusaders lost 26-29 to the Highlanders in their first pres-season match and on the weekend they lost 41-31 to the Hurricanes.

Halfback Willi Heinz suffered what is expected to be a season ending injury in the first pre-season match and wing Jone Macilai broke his arm.

In the Crusaders second Super Rugby warm up captain Matt Todd suffered an ankle injury.

Todd’s injury is however not too bad but there is no gaurantee that he will be back in time for the team’s final warmup match this weekend against the Reds in Brisbane.

Flanker Todd was appointed captain in Richie McCaw ad Kieran Read’s absence and injured his ankle in the first half and stayed off for the second half of the trial on the weekend.

McCaw is unavailable for this weekend coming’s trial match and Read won’t be back until Round 5 so Jed Brown is likely to come in to play.

If Todd is 50/50 Blackadder won’t risk him against the Reds as there are no points on offer and he would rather give him the extra time to recover in time for the season opener against the Rebels at AMI Stadium on February 13.

“The injury isn’t significant,” Blackadder told The Press.

“Often ankles can be strapped and they are fine, but if I don’t think it is worth risking him and if it is going to put him in jeopardy, I won’t play him.”

Blackadder said that the Cruaders performance against the Hurricanes showed up a number of things that the team were doing wrong.

“It was just that we were put under so much pressure,” Blackadder said.

“We just didn’t connect defensively and we were far too high with our tackles.

“But the pleasing thing was the way we fought back. There were some good lessons to come out of it.”

One positive note for Blackadder was that Dan Carter got some game time in and came through unscathed.

” Carter looked really sharp,” Blackadder confirmed.

“He helped get us back into the game in the second half – just outstanding and showed all his experience.”

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