Super Rugby Pacific: ‘I want to win’ says Luke Romano as he puts history with Crusaders aside

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Blues veteran Luke Romano is not worried about his history with the Crusaders and is only focused on winning the Super Rugby Pacific final.

Romano played over 100 games for the Crusaders over a 10-year period before joining the Blues at the beginning of the season, where he has made a massive impact as a leader.

Aiming for the title

However, the second-row is only focussed on winning the competition, and past allegiances will not get in the way.

“I’ve got a lot of history there, but I’m with the Blues now. I came up here to do a job, that was to win Super Rugby, and that’s what I’m focused on,” he told Stuff. “You’re just playing another rugby team, and it just happens to be one I played a lot of years for. But for those 80-odd minutes it’s just work.”

Romano knows he cannot let emotions get in the way of good performance, and he plans to execute his role in the game plan.

“There is … I’m competitive and I want to win,” he said. “I can’t get caught up in the emotion because that will distract from the team. If I go out thinking ‘it’s the Crusaders, I want to beat them myself’, that won’t work. I’ve got to do what’s best for the team. The best team will win and I’d hate to be the reason we potentially lose.”

Knowing the Crusaders inside and out is an advantage for the 36-year-old, who knows how detail-oriented coach Scott Robertson’s side is.

“They are really big on the details,” he said. “Those one-percenters that can get overlooked. A lot of the time these games come down to one or two key moments, and if you’ve done your homework and nailed those details at training, when they present themselves you can take them and make them your moments.

“That’s what’s always served the Crusaders well.”

Romano simplifies the pressure of a final by trusting the process and simply going out and executing your role in the structure.

“It’s just another game of rugby. If you put the pressure on yourself through all the hype that comes around these games, it can affect you. It’s another game, our game, and what we do as individuals and as a team, we’ve proven it works this year. Go out there and be yourself, and do what you do best, because that’s why you’re picked for this team,” he said.

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