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Hard News: Really The Blues

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  • DexterX,

    Walked there and walked back - got in just as the rain started - the win should give them a heads up for a better rest of the season.

    I hope Nonu makes the ABs - his ability to stand in the tackle and make a break and then deliver a killer pass is worth inclusion as is his ability to “think” the game.

    Wepu was more than worthy.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1224 posts Report Reply

  • Matthew Littlewood,

    Without wanting to rub it in (again), I actually think tonight's 27-20 loss against the Highlanders tonite was more emblematic of their season than last week's embarrassing capitulation against the Crusaders. Rather than playing like they had nothing to lose, the Blues were unfocused, and failed to capitalise on several unforced errors from the Highlanders, who were able to control the match up to the 65 minute mark by going about their business making sure they snaffled their opportunities.

    The Highlanders' two tries early into the second half exemplified this- Gear's finishing was clinical, while Thomson looked like the kid in a candy store as he nabbed quite possibly the easiest one of his career off a seriously bizarre Blues defensive lineout.

    And yet the Blues' last 10 or so minutes showed that if they had bothered to play with some purpose and flair, they could well have snatched it. Nonu and Braid looked really up for it. Granted, the Highlanders have made a habit this season of starting strongly, fading away and then holding on for grim life in the dying stages. But they were still vulnerable, particularly considering many of their front-line would've been knackered after their victory over the Bulls the week previous.

    The Blues have had more bad luck than any of the NZ S15 sides, particularly in regards to the horror run of injuries. But they haven't done many of the simple things when it matters the most.

    Today, Tomorrow, Timaru • Since Jan 2007 • 449 posts Report Reply

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