2013 Season Preview: CRUSADERS

by Brendan Bradford - If there’s one team that has dominated Super Rugby from inception to expansion, it’s the Canterbury Crusaders. They’ve won seven titles, made the play-offs in 14 of 17 seasons, produced some of the best players and coaches in the world and are consistently ranked by players at other franchises as the most likely side to win the competition. But, they haven’t actually done that in four years. It’s a fact that rankles fans and motivates players and one of the reasons why, even after this long at the top, ‘good’ isn’t good enough – only perfection will do. Last season they were defeated 20-17 in the semi-finals by the Chiefs, in what many regarded as one of the best games of the year; in 2011, they were beaten finalists in Brisbane as the Queensland Reds lifted their maiden title and in 2010, home advantage was enough for the Bulls to end thei
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