Blues send Stormers warning
2 Apr 2006
Having bashed the Bulls in Auckland to get their Vodacom Super 14 campaign back on track, the Blues have now set their sights on the struggling Stormers.
The Blues have made a habit this season of winning a match and then losing their following fixture. They beat the Reds and then lost to the Crusaders, before beating the Brumbies and then losing to the Waratahs.
Blues assistant coach Joe Schmidt is eager to break the trend against the Stormers this Saturday.
“There’s still a fair bit of pressure on because we know we have to get consistency week to week,” he told xtramsn. “For people to have confidence in the team’s performances they have to be consistent.
“We struggled for consistency sometimes [against the Bulls] but I thought we looked more enthusiastic and keener than they were and that really showed up, particularly in broken play. We seized the ball and had a go with it.”
Schmidt said he was delighted by the performance of new flyhalf Isa Nacewa, who replaced the axed Tasesa Lavea.
“I thought he did pretty well really,” he said. “He’s pretty physical for a No 10 and one of the things we felt was that he would give us great defence. They tend to have guys coming around the corner and attacking but he threw himself at them. He controlled the game well and attacked the line well.”