Crusaders need to build on momentum

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Captain Kieran Read said a top six finish is still on the cards for the Crusaders.

"We are still very much in it. I think every team is still in with a shout for a place in the play-offs," he told South African journalists after their 52-31 win over the Cheetahs on Sunday (NZT).

"It's a very tough competition and we have to build on our momentum. Another big test awaits us next weekend against the Chiefs. We have to travel well and recover and take it from there," he said.

Read said the Cheetahs had hit his side hard during a 10-minute spell in the second half.

"That put us under a lot of pressure, but I'm proud of the way we just stuck at it and came back strong.

"Both teams were tiring near the end and it came down to moments of brilliance by a few guys. That's what happens, it's part of the work.

"Certainly we are happy to be on the right side of the result this time around. It was a job well done from our side. We saw what we are capable of it we attack. Now we just have to build on that," he said.

Cheetahs captain Adrian Strauss was frustrated after another game slipped away from them.

"We were in it at times, but our performance was nowhere near good enough," he said.

The side's disciplines and structures were found wanting. They were going into lineouts with calls and using kicking plays without effect.

"That put us under immense pressure and then we scrambled. And then you are in your own half against the Crusaders and they will always capitalise on that. We need to make a step up in our discipline and our own structures," he said.

The Cheetahs next game is against the competition leading Sharks.