Todd : Crusaders just weren’t good enough

Crusaders stand in captain Matt Todd has admitted that they will need to make improvements after they were beaten by the Melbourne Rebels.

Seven time Super Rugby champions the Crusaders were beaten 10-20 at home by a touring Rebels side that included a number of players making their debuts for the Melbourne side.

The Crusaders are known for making slow starts in Super Rugby but it was thought that the inclusion of All Blacks Dan Carter and Richie McCaw would be a big boost to the side and lift them to victory.

The victory will not come as too much of a surprise to Rebels fans as they showed good form in the preseason by beating the Reds and Highlanders while the Crusaders were beaten by the Reds, Hurricanes and Highlanders in the pre-season.

In the coming weeks the Crusaders will be boosted by the return of players such as Andy Ellis, Israel Dagg, last year’s joint top try scorer Nemani Nadolo and Sam Whitelock.

Read and Whitelock will only be back in Round five but Dagg and Nadolo could return much sooner. Ellis will complete his commitments in Japan and then return to Christchurch.

Todd however was unable to hide from the reality of the loss to the Rebels and admitted, “We just weren’t good enough tonight.”

“We’ll have to have a look at that game and make some improvements, that’s for sure,” added Todd.

The Crusaders face the Highlanders in Dunedin next week. The last five matches between the Crusaders and Highlanders have all been won by the men from Christchurch.

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