Battling Blues bid for play-offs

Blues coach David Nucifora told the media that if you were in the play-offs you had a chance of winning the Vodacom Super 14. And he believes his Blues team may just sneak a top four place.

The Blues recorded back to back wins against the Bulls and Stormers and Nucifora was honest enough to acknowledge that his team’s current form was not good enough for a play-off position, but that two wins in succession gave them a hint that a strong finish to the tournament was possible.

“We won’t kid ourselves,” Nucifora told XtraMsn’s Marc Hinton. “We know we’re not playing super footy just yet. But we’re getting better. And we’re getting better in a lot of areas where we haven’t been good at in the past I believe.”

The Blues, despite playing 15 against the Stormers 13 for 15 minutes, only scored the bonus point try in the last movement of the game.

But Nucifora applauded his team for grinding out the bonus point try, their first of the season.

“What I liked about that win was our ability to just to grind it out,” he said. “A lot of teams win ugly, but winning four tries to nil, I was pretty pleased with the way we managed to maintain the pressure on them and just take the points. We need to keep improving but I think we are seeing a gradual improvement in the side and that will continue over the next few weeks.”

The Blues play the Force in Albany next and Nucifora is confident that another five league points will put his team in the chasing pack.

“The main thing in this competition is to get yourself into the finals and when you’re there you’re a chance. We just need to make sure we give ourselves that opportunity by getting there. We know what we have to do each week and each week we have to deal with that. We know we’ve just got to keep winning.”