Rawli’s not blue after early shudder

Two losses from two attempts, but South African-born lock Greg Rawlinson has cautioned those ready to write off the Blues as a force in the Vodacom Super 14.

Speaking to Kiwi website Xtramsn, Rawlinson said that even thow spirits were a little low following consecutive defeats to the Hurricanes and Highlanders, composure was now the key to a revival.

“Obviously there’s a bit of a downer after a game like Dunedin, but we don’t want to lose the plot,” he said.

“You’ve sort of got to keep your composure and keep your heads up and move on. Other teams that have done well have lost their first two games. We can’t throw the toys out of the cot, but at same time we’ve got to get ourselves on to it this week.”

Rawlinson reiterated that this weekend’s encounter with the Reds is a virtual must-win for the Auckland side to kickstart their campaign.

“We’ve got to start producing now. Those little mistakes we keep making each week – we’ve got to tidy those up now.”

“We’ve got to just keep our composure a little bit once things start going wrong. That’s one of the key aspects.”