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McCaw has suspected broken thumb

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Sportal.co.nz     28 Feb 2014     Getty Images

He was taken for X-rays after the game which saw the Crusaders go down 24-35 and if broken is likely to miss several weeks for the side which is without points in the two games in the competition so far.

The experience (of seeing his side throw away chances) wasn't a new one for Blackadder, he said he had experienced it before, but having to go through it again was 'very disappointing'.

During the first 25 minutes of the game in which the Crusaders got out to a 17-3 lead he felt they had shown 'real spirit' on defence.

"We were under a lot of pressure then we came back and it felt like we had control of the game.

"Then two mistakes and bang, bang, we were under pressure once again.

"Then in the second half we just piled the pressure back on ourselves by making those errors once again and you are into playing catch-up."

They would be addressing what had gone wrong. They had set out with a plan but failed to follow through with it.

"Once we had control of the game we just let the foot off the throat and allowed them to come back into it which was disappointing," he said.

"Momentum shifts [like those in the game] quite often come down to individual errors and mistakes made allow a team back in, and then another mistake's made and it is really around individual skill sets at critical times," he said.

That was why when teams were in control of matches they needed to do the little things, the basics, really well.

Captain Kieran Read, who was playing his first game of the season said it was just little things the side was doing wrong that were costly.

"It's just a couple of little errors that let a good side back in and the Blues are a really good side at taking that momentum and running with it. Either side of half-time is really important and we just weren't switched on," he said.

In that phase the Blues scored their four tries.

Reid said he didn't think the Crusaders had taken the win for granted when up 17-3. But in the position it was possible to slip off things.

In the game it had been a one-on-one tackle and a cough up of the ball that had given the Blues their chances.

"And if you give the backs that they have got those opportunities and they are pretty lethal on the counterattack," he said.

Read wasn't totally downcast by the effort. The first and final quarters had been good efforts and they had scored some good set-piece tries.