Taylor’s 100th adds to the occasion for the Crusaders

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Hooker Codie Taylor, who will achieve 100 caps for the side in the game, and will captain them, said he was pleased with the way the players had come back after their final success.


It was important they made the adjustment, he said because they knew wins were important if they wanted to be part of another final.


"I think we've done that really well…the boys are happy to be back into it, and we keep on rolling," he said.


Taylor said they had been watching the Australian competition and noticed that the Australian teams had picked up their game and were playing good football.


"The Australians are renowned for having a good set-piece and we've got the Brumbies who have a great maul and a great scrum. Those sorts of things are going to be different because it's not the same as in the New Zealand competitions where the straight pushing in the scrums can be different with the Aussies," he said.

Taylor said he remembered his debut in 2013 and was fortunate to play at home then, and it was nice he could achieve his century also at home.


Taylor had joined the wider training group in 2011 and had found the depth of experience in the franchise intimidating and he hadn't said too much in his first couple of years.


"It took a while to crack it, but with a franchise like this that's always going to be the case so I just had to stick it out to get the opportunity," he said.


Taylor said one of the most memorable of his games was the 2017 Super Rugby final at Johannesburg. Remembering how deep the side had to dig in the final 20 minutes was his clearest memory of the game that set in train the Crusaders' run of five consecutive titles.


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