Crusaders are no ‘one-man band’

Nemani Nadolo might grab the headlines with his talent out on the wing but the Crusaders feel they're far more than a 'one-man band'.

That was the opinion of assistant coach Brad Mooar as the side begin to prepare for their return at action in Round 11 against the Reds.

The seven-time champions went into their bye week having won seven of their eight matches to date and with one of the best attacking records in the competition.

Despite playing less games the Crusaders have made the most clean breaks in Super Rugby so far this season with 130, along with the most offloads 121.

Naturally the presence of Nadolo means a lot of the resulting praise has been directed towards the Fijian talisman, but Mooar was quick to praise the rest of the Crusaders' talented attackers.

David Havili, Johnny McNicholl, Ryan Crotty and now the returning Israel Dagg have all benefited from top service at half-back by Andy Ellis and Richie Mo'unga.

Meaning that it's not all about the excellent Nadolo, who they will have to do without in upcoming matches following his four-week suspension.

"We don't think that," Mooar told Stuff.

"We have utter faith in everybody and to be fair we are seeing people break the line and cause issues for defences, and not just Nemani.

"We don't think we are a one-man band."