Cheetahs beware

Richie McCaw believes the Crusaders have plenty of room for improvement, despite being unbeaten in the Vodacom Super 14 this year.

The Crusaders play the Cheetahs in Christchurch on Saturday and are looking for a complete performance.

“I think in both the last two games we’ve started the games really well,” McCaw told *XtraMSN Rugby. “But we almost got to a point where we were a little bit disappointed we didn’t finish the job off. It felt like by half-time we were in the box seat, doing things that were really good, then came out after half-time and let the foot off the throat.”

The Crusaders have indeed struggled to finish teams off over the last two weeks. They led 17-6 at half-time against the Hurricanes and held on for a 20-11 win, while they led 14-3 at half-time against the Waratahs, and only desperate defence ensured a 17-11 victory.

“I think a bit of credit has got to go to the teams we were playing against because they don’t give up. But we were forced into a few mistakes and perhaps went into our shells a bit. And that was something we’re a bit disappointed with.

“If we’re realistic about our whole season,” added McCaw, “we haven’t really put together a whole performance. We’ve done good in places and done enough to win, but we haven’t quite put together a full performance which is something we’ve got to keep aiming for.”

CRUSADERS’ SUPER RUGBY RECORD (1996-2006)
Played: 132
Won: 89 (67%)
Lost: 40
Drawn: 3