Crusaders skipper Richie McCaw has paid tribute to the vision of his coach Robbie Deans for resting him against the Bulls.
McCaw revealed the champion coach had to twist his arm to get him to buy into his controversial omission from the weekend’s Super 14 clash against at Loftus Versfeld.
And the brilliant openside flanker has fended off the conspiracy theorists who suggested he was carrying injury problems that forced his withdrawal at the weekend, saying he’s fresh, revived and keen to play against the Brumbies on Friday night, extramsn.co.nz reported.
It is indeed good news for the Sharks and Bulls, who will be hoping the Crusaders can crush the Gregan-less Brumbies on Friday and leave the door open for one of them to sneak into the play-offs the next day.
The All Black captain-in-waiting left no doubt as to his backing for the coach who has masterminded the last three Crusaders title triumphs, saying the decision was vindicated:
“Definitely. I think that’s been his strength over the years, and why the team’s done so well. He’s able to see past one match which can be a tough thing to do when you’re in certain situations,” McCaw told extramsn.co.nz.
“Even myself, when we first talked about (being left out of the Bulls match), I was like ‘ohhhh…’ but the way I’m feeling now I’ve been able to get over some niggly injuries and stuff like that.”
“I’m doing a lot better, and come this weekend I’ll be really excited to play. I have to go out and perform now. I feel good for that (break), and to be able take yourself out, with the team under a bit of pressure because we hadn’t performed, and make the right call…”
The right call it was and now the Crusaders have regained top spot and have momentum heading into the business end of the competition.