Kaino: No favours for Saders

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According to Jerome Kaino there is no chance the Blues will simply roll over when they face the Crusaders at Eden Park on Saturday.

The Crusaders need to win, and to be safe grab a bonus point with it, to continue their remarkable run of semifinal appearances since 1998. They’ve made 10 out of 11 since then and can raise that figure if they put the Blues to the sword.

But Kaino, who is still playing for his position in the All Blacks squad, has warned the Crusaders to expect nothing less then 100% from the Auckland outfit with pride and places in national sides still on the line.

‘We’re going to play as if we’re in contention,’ said the All Black loose forward. ‘We’re not going to let them have an easy way into the semis. We wouldn’t expect it from them and they’re not going to get it from us.

‘We’ve got plenty to play for as far as pride we want to put back in the jersey and a lot of the boys have positions to play for in rep teams [All Blacks & Junior All Blacks]. We really want to finish on a good note.’

On a bad note for the Blues, veteran flanker Justin Collins has pulled out of the squad for Saturday’s encounter. Peter Saili will move into the No 6 jersey and newcomer Andrew van der Heijden will come on to the bench.