Sunday 22 October 2017

Confident Crudin determined to make mark

Hugh Farrelly

NEW All Blacks out-half Aaron Cruden wants to keep Dan Carter "on his toes" by making his mark in tomorrow's third Test against Ireland.

Carter spared the world champions' blushes last Saturday in Christchurch with a last-minute drop goal and the 23-year-old Cruden admits it's a hard act to follow.

However, he is relishing the opportunity to play in front of his home crowd and says the move to Hamilton from the Hurricanes to play for Chiefs has provided him with new confidence.

"I suppose a couple of years ago, I was (in awe)," he admitted. "I wasn't as mature as I am now. The move up north had really helped me.

"It seems to be going well and I'm definitely going to be out there trying to stake my claim and keep Dan on his toes.

"Hopefully, I can add to the team. I'm just looking to play my natural game, get out there and make tackles and then, with ball in hand, just be a threat and use those guys around me to try and exploit Irish weaknesses.

"The timings for the Chiefs compared to the All Blacks might be a little different, but you just try and keep it as similar as possible, so that you make sure you're ticking all the boxes. Ireland will give us another tough match."

Irish Independent

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