Crusaders were beaten by a better team

Todd Blackadder could be headed for Brisbane instead of Bath

Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder has conceded that his team were beaten by a better side in their 16-40 loss to the Chiefs.

The Chiefs put in their strongest peformance yet this season as they ran in five tries against the Crusaders.

“They put us under pressure, cleaned us out all over the field and when we lost the ball they pounced,” said Blackadder.

“There were just too many ‘soft’ outs right across the board,” he told Stuff.

Chiefs centre and try scorer Charlie Ngatai said that it was pleasing that they were able to put in such a complete performance against gritty a Crusaders team.

“The Crusaders really brought it to us in the first half and it’s one of those games where you have to grind out the full 80 minutes,” said Ngatai.

“But it really pleasing with the score at the end of the game.”

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie was thrilled with the performance and said that he was able to take quite a few positives out of the match.

“I think for the majority of the game, we controlled it pretty well,” said Rennie.

“We got over the chalk five times which has never been done in the history of the Chiefs and Crusaders,” he said.

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