McCaw ready to go for final
July 5, 2011
Richie McCaw has come through Sunday's semi-final with no injury concerns © Getty Images
Crusaders and All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw has declared he has no fitness concerns heading into the Super Rugby final after his troublesome foot pulled through last Sunday's semi-final without any issues.
"The 'hoof' is fine. I just got buckled up a bit and everything else is sore but that is the least of my worries," he told The Press.
"I was happy enough out there and we were in control so I didn't actually feel like the legs were too bad. I felt pretty good."
The last time the Christchurch-based side suffered defeat was on May 29 at the hands of the Reds, and after that experience, McCaw says his side will be keeping a close eye on talented halves duo Will Genia and Quade Cooper.
"If you allow them to get front-foot, the nine and 10 dictate things well.
"From a team point of view it was pretty disappointing to lose last time, so we have got a chance to tip them up in the critical one. They played well against the Blues but we have got to back ourselves."
McCaw says the travel his side have had to undertake due to the damage caused by Christchurch's earthquake has enabled the team to bond, something that will be of great benefit in the decider.
"No doubt that for the first couple of days after travelling, you don't feel that good. But what you keep reminding yourself is that by Saturday, you'll be ready to go.
"If you take that attitude, you don't get down, and you tick off what you need to do at training, even if it's not 100 per cent, so that you can perform on Saturday.
"[Cape Town] was a great example of that. Now we've just got to bank that and know that we can do it again next week.
"And with it comes a chance to bring some silverware back to a devastated city.
"We made a decision early on that we want to stand up for the people at home and to show what the Crusaders are all about. We have that chance now," McCaw said.
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