‘Cheating’ McCaw won’t change game

Under-fire Crusaders captain Richie McCaw has dismissed claims that he’s perfected the art of cheating at the breakdown.

The flank was heavily criticised for slowing down Hurricanes ball in Wellington last weekend, but remained unfazed.

“Things like that, there’s no point reading – because if you don’t agree, it only makes you angry,” McCaw told the New Zealand media. “It’s someone else’s opinion and you move on. You can’t get away with it totally but you just have to have a thick skin and believe in what we’re doing here and what I do.”

McCaw said he wouldn’t change the way he played when he came up against the Waratahs’ Phil Waugh in Christchurch on Friday.

“As soon as you stop and think about it, things happen so damned fast and that’s what happens in rugby these days,” he said. “Guys are pretty quick around the track – big guys in a little area at a hell of a rate of knots – and you have to be in there as quick as you can or you lose your chance.”

SA’s Jonathan Kaplan will control Friday’s match and McCaw said he was happy to adapt his game to fit in with the referee’s interpretation of the law.

“If a referee’s going to ping you for something that you think is legal, there’s no point in keeping on doing it because he’s just going to keep pinging you. If he lets you get away with something that you think is right and it will be good for your team, then you may as well keep doing it.”