Completion rate in the spotlight for Crusaders ahead of Waratahs clash

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After the side's review of their win over the Rebels, assistant coach Andrew Goodman said attention will also be paid to skill-sets issues and decision-making on whether to pass or hold the ball.

The Waratahs were always a gritty, niggly team to play against.

"They've got some powerful ball carriers, they defend really well. They've got a couple of little different things they do with their nines [halfbacks]. So we're going to have to be right on with our defence, especially around our one-on-one tackles.

"We've had a good look at them and talked that through with the boys, and shown them some good pictures today. We're preparing for a tough game which we have generally had over here in Sydney," he said.

"The forwards have been through the detail of their set-piece which has been strong. They're a team that don't go away, you've got to stay on top of them. If they hadn't had some cards against the Chiefs it would have been a lot closer," he said.

Goodman said he thought second five-eighths Jack Goodhue, on his comeback from a year off with his knee injury, did an amazing job, especially considering it was off the back of one club game.

"He had a solid 50 minutes and contributed off both sides of the ball and he'll keep improving as he gets chances over the next few weeks. There was a big smile on his face afterwards and all the group are stoked for him," he said.

Goodhue was on a graduated return, and his time playing would be managed as his confidence grew, he said.

The concept of a super round of rugby was a great initiative, especially over Anzac Weekend that created a buzz around Melbourne. It had been good to be playing the Australian sides again, and the Crusaders were looking forward to improving during their next three weeks across the Tasman.


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