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Crusaders are staying positive after a spate of slow starts

Crusaders Assistant Coach Jason Ryan  Rebecca Brebner

Assistant coach Jason Ryan said the team had a lot to work on ahead of this weekend's clash against the Waratahs in Sydney.

The Crusaders have quickly got themselves a reputation of being slow starters this Super Rugby season, but things seem to be looking up. 

The Highlanders, Reds and Blues were all victims of the Crusaders late comebacks, the Reds being robbed of victory after the final whistle with a late penalty kick by Mitchell Hunt on March 11th. 

But the side turned themselves around by surging ahead of the Western Force by 11 points at half time last week, breaking their three game streak of coming from behind in the second half. 

Assistant Coach Jason Ryan said the team had plenty to work on, but they were remaining positive after their slow starts.

Crusaders Assistant Coach Jason Ryan ahead of this weekends clash with the NSW Waratahs.

"We talked about starting fast and we didn't. We just said boys, we've got to take our first job as being positive action."

"We've got a lot of parts of our game that we're not happy with that we need to grow and obviously sorting our scrum out is one focus this week," Ryan said.

Facing the Waratahs this weekend away from home won't be an easy feat, but Ryan said the team knows what they have to do.

"We know we can finish games but we've just got to be consistent right through our whole 80 minutes," Ryan said.

The Crusaders will play the New South Wales Waratahs this Sunday at 6.05pm NZT at Allianz Stadium in Sydney.