The Daikin Cooldown: Crusaders vs NSW Waratahs with Simon Cron


By NSW Waratahs Media unit

The NSW Waratahs have narrowly gone down to the Crusaders 31-29 in Christchurch. In this week’s edition of the Daikin Cooldown, we caught up with assistant coach Simon Cron to get his take on the action in round 13.

1. The NSW Waratahs came firing out of the blocks, posting 29 points in the opening 30 minutes of the game. What can you attribute that early lead to?

Guys doing their roles and wanting to go at it right from the kickoff. The team showed good line speed in defence and transition speed in attack, these two areas crucial in contributing to that opening scoreline.

2. The Crusaders continued to threaten early. How were we able to sppress those threats in the opening half?

For the first 30 minutes or so we just stayed connected in defence and came off the line fast. We also made some good shoulder punches in the tackle zone and as a result, we were able to put some pressure on them at the breakdown.

3. It was a huge battle in the set piece, both sides taking turns in owning that momentum in the engine room. How important was the battle up front in round 13?

It was a big battle up front but we missed a couple of roles which ended up costing us. One in our maul defensive system on the line which was disappointing, and then as the game went on, we had a bit of a unique situation in losing four forwards so there was a bit of on-field improvisation around lineouts and scrums to complete the pack of eight.

4. The tables turned late in the first half and we struggled to maintain possession and territory until later into the second 40. What did the home team do to turn that result around?

They applied pressure and we should have been more clinical in our execution. We didn’t kick out on exits and as a result, we didn’t really release the pressure valve. Then we found ourselves defending back on our try line pretty quickly.

5. What lessons can we take out of this round against the Crusaders?

Every game there are some key learnings and the boys start to work on those as soon as they leave the field. Particularly in round 13, we lacked composure in a 15-minute block before halftime and that hurt us.

6. How do we take that into this next week as we turn our attention to the Highlanders?

At training, we will get back into our systems and work out the key areas to fix. We also need to keep doing the individual work for the players as a few of the boys have improved in areas they previously have identified as weaknesses. The players getting reps on those areas of work-on are really important.

7. What are you expecting to the Highlanders to bring to Sydney next weekend?

We know the Highlanders will bring with them plenty of their trademark strength, pace and physicality.

8. Next Saturday against the Dunedin outfit marks Club Rugby Round. To celebrate, the players will be pulling on their school or club socks while fans are encouraged to come along in their own club colours. Does that add to the excitement of the match from a team point of view?

Yes definitely - all the boys have strong links back into their clubs and schools, and that’s where it all starts so it’s a privilege for them to get to put those colours on again. It will be great to see the fans come together to celebrate all of rugby in NSW in their own club’s colours.

The NSW Waratahs will face the Highlanders on Saturday 19 May at Allianz Stadium. The round 14 clash will kick off at 7:40 pm (AEST).

Catch up on the action from round 13 at our match re-cap page now.






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