Blackadder wants a lot more from Crusaders

Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder has named his squad for the 2016 Super Rugby season

Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder says he is pleased that his team have returned to winning Super Rugby matches but he knows that they have plenty of work to do.

The Crusaders recovered from a record 40-16 loss to the Chiefs by beating the Lions 34-6 with a bonus point in Christchurch.

Blackadder praised his players – in particular loosehead prop Wyatt Crockett – but he has also noted a number of problems that he wants sorted before they play the Cheetahs this weekend.

“I thought Wyatt Crockett was unbelievably strong, the whole eight did a great job,” Blackadder told Stuff.

“Against the Chiefs (in their 40-16 loss a fortnight earlier) we knew we didn’t have our best day at scrum time and just put the work in.”

Blackadder had been concerned last week that the Crusaders had lost the respect of their opponents after the loss to the Chiefs but he now feels they have repaired some of the damage.

The Crusaders coach wants his players to be more solid around the ruck fringes and prevent opposition players from making easy yards.

“I still think we have got some work to do. Defensively we were high today, tackling high and allowing them to get over the advantage line.”

Blackadder was also able to take positives from the way that Dan Carter made his return from a leg injury and the way that Kieran Read performed after an extended break.

Crusaders and Fijian wing Nemani Nadolo also showed glimpses of what is to come later in the season after playing his first match.

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