Battered Nucifora not feeling blue

Blues coach David Nucifora cautioned critics of his team that there were still 12 matches to be played in the Vodacom Super 14 after Friday’s humiliating season-opener against the Canes.

“You’re always under pressure in this competition,” Nucifora told reporters. “Sure you want to win that first game, but there’s 12 hard ones to come.”

The Blues, playing at home, lead 16-3 at halftime but were overwhelmed 34-3 in the second 40.

“We really have to dust ourselves off, look at our performance, be honest with ourselves and improve. We know we’re a better side than that, but we’ve got to play for 80 minutes and we’ve got to be smarter than that. I think we showed enough glimpses of being able to play some reasonable football in that first half. We have to learn from some poor judgment and physically we need to stand up to sides like that.”

Nucifora identified his pack’s performance as critical to the defeat.

“They disrupted our ball from the back of the scrum and it probably snowballed from there. We lost a bit of composure, they played field position and put the ball in behind us. Once that happened their loose forwards came into their own and really out-muscled us from that point.”