'The belief's there' - Leon MacDonald says loss to Canes 'is a good thing'

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Crusaders coach Leon MacDonald believes his side's 31-22 loss to the Hurricanes on Saturday has done his team more good than harm.

Leon MacDonald said the Crusaders will be up for the challenge come Saturday against the Highlanders.
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The Crusaders were looking to remain unbeaten for the Super Rugby round robin season, but came undone against a fiery Hurricanes pack.

MacDonald said they will stick to their game plan and structures when they come up against the Highlanders on Saturday in Christchurch.

"You don't go chucking it all out because the result didn't go your way one week. If anything it is a good thing for us to happen right now," said MacDonald.

"We have got a great leadership group that will help drive that (confidence) and the coaches as well."

MacDonald said his side is confident in their ability and that Saturday's clash will be a tough battle against their southern rivals.

"The belief is there, you don't win 14 games in a row without being a good team.

"We just got to make sure that our preparation this week is really honest and we won't be sugar coating anything and we'll be ready to go in the weekend."

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