Robertson ‘relieved’ after making history

Crusaders coach Scott Robertson was a relieved man after his side beat the Lions in Saturday’s Super Rugby Final in Johannesburg.

Robertson, a former All Blacks back-row forward won four titles as a player with the Crusaders between 1998 and 2002, made Super Rugby history as his team’s win over the Lions means he became the first man to win the title as a player and coach.

“It is massive for me,” he told Stuff

“I played for eight years, I was the most capped Crusader when I left with 86 games. It is something I actually regretted, going to Perpignan. I wanted to be the first Crusader to get to 100.

“And now to come back as a coach, I have hit the 100-mark in being involved in the Crusaders and to win a fifth title… It has helped. The questions were in my head, and I have answered a couple of them for sure.”

The triumph is a fairytale finish to the Crusaders’ campaign as it means they finish the tournament with just one defeat – against the Hurricanes in the final game of the regular season.

“There’s a sense of relief,” said Robertson after his side’s 25-17 victory. 

“Back when I was playing, and I don’t I say that lightly, we had a championship team and you get a feeling. That is the feeling we had.”

The Crusaders’ previous Super Rugby win came back in 2008 which meant Robertson was desperate to give his players the chance to experience the emotions which comes with winning a title.

This victory means the Crusaders have now chalked-up their eighth title win. Only three members of their current squad were part of the Crusaders team that last won the competition nine years ago.