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Friday, July 08, 2011

Behind the scenes with the Crusaders ahead of the Super Rugby final

The Crusaders underwent a serious amount of travel of late, and now find themselves in Brisbane, as they've been preparing for the biggest match of the season, the final against the Reds tomorrow. This great video takes us behind the scenes leading up to it.

The region of Canterbury has been through a lot in recent times, and the scars live on as their beloved Crusaders side have had to play away from their home ground for most of the season. On top of that, the natural disaster has robbed the city of Christchurch of their Rugby World Cup matches later this year.

Through it all, the Crusaders have continued to play their stock-standard high quality brand of attacking, intelligent rugby. The fact that they've done it away, and home-away-from-home repeatedly is a real reflection on the feeling in the squad.

They do it year after year though, somehow, and this season has been no different. In fact earlier today we shared a clip on the RD Facebook Page that showed how they've won the tournament 7 out of 15 times. That's an unbelievable achievement, and you can be sure that tomorrow they'll be confident of taking their eighth.

Of course they have the Reds to contend with, and a fired up Suncorp Stadium, but as you can see in the video below, their preparation and composure seems to be as good as ever. The team spirit, probably strengthened by what the community have gone through, is fantastic too.

This clip, made by ONSportNZ, is a great insight into what they got up to this past week, and shows that even some of the old timers aren't afraid to try their hand at planking. Enjoy, and check out ONSportNZ's youtube channel for more great clips.

Time: 04:35



  • first or summat, whatever thats all about

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 08, 2011 8:03 pm  

  • Second!!!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 08, 2011 8:13 pm  

  • Can't freaking wait!!! This is gonna be epic!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 08, 2011 8:19 pm  

  • Mate, I'd rather have the Waratahs inside show back... Any chance RD?

    Prediction: Reds score two tries (Cooper and Davies) to win, Quade then grabs the trophy and starts running away from the pitch!

    By Anonymous Juggernauter, at July 08, 2011 9:38 pm  

  • Haha kiwis are funny! Good video.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 08, 2011 11:56 pm  

  • If you're interested, go back into their account (onsportnz) and watch the interview with Freuan. It's quite good. They're doing some great videos ... and regarding the Waratahs doco, someone's been uploading them to Across the Tasman.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 09, 2011 12:31 am  

  • Was enjoying that up to the point where it suddenly metamorphosed into an adidas advert!

    I reckon Crusaders by 10.

    By Anonymous Von, at July 09, 2011 1:11 am  

  • Crusaders by 18+ points. The Reds to be shell shocked during the game due to lack of experience in finals.

    By Anonymous OutsideCentre, at July 09, 2011 2:12 am  

  • fruen likes to plank lol

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 09, 2011 6:23 am  

  • haha good stuff RD!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 09, 2011 9:56 am  

  • dont know whats so funny about planking!
    they should make some videos showing them swaffelen something.
    thats funny

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 09, 2011 12:29 pm  

  • Makes it much more entertaining watching it after they've lost.

    By Anonymous Mart, at July 12, 2011 1:52 am  

  • what boots were those white ones

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 17, 2011 4:01 pm  

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