Rugby: Coach Scott Robertson refuses to be daunted by Crusaders' injury woes

Crusaders coach Scott Robertson isn't panicking, despite two more injuries hampering his side's quest for a fifth straight Super Rugby title.

Bouncing back from a shock defeat to the Highlanders last week, Robertson's team showed their nerve with a golden-point win over the Hurricanes in Wellington, as David Havili nailed a field goal in extra time for a 30-27 victory.

But that victory has come at a cost, with not one, but two All Blacks helped from the field injured.

Within the space of five minutes, Jack Goodhue (knee) and Joe Moody (foot) both left and didn't return, with the Crusaders awaiting scan results to assess the damage.

And with flanker Tom Christie (shoulder), centre Braydon Ennor (knee) and hooker Andrew Makalio (neck) also out of action for the season, the Crusaders would be forgiven for panicking over their depleted stocks.

But not Robertson, who is taking it all in his stride.

"It's never going to be all smooth," he says. "There is going to be a bit of chaos in there.

"You're going to have a few injuries, you're going to be down, you're going to get some calls from the refs and you're not. That's just part of it.

"There are always injuries - we were actually talking about it, ironically, saying we'd been pretty good. Braydon was coming back in a few weeks and going to plan, Tom Sanders broke his cheekbone, otherwise we were in pretty good nick.

"One game, five minutes of a game, things change pretty quickly, but to win a championship you need to go deeply into your squad. Teams are doing it and it includes us."

News on the state of Moody and Goodhue's injuries are expected back on Tuesday, as the Crusaders prepare to face the Chiefs in Hamilton on Saturday.

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