Blues backing themselves
7 Mar 2008
The Blues expect the same game-plan from the Sharks and are planning on getting five points from the game.
Blues manager Ant Strachan told rugbyheaven.co.nz they don’t expect anything different from the Sharks, it’s just a matter of how they counter the Sharks winning formula.
“The game plan doesn’t seem to have changed a lot. I wouldn’t see too many differences from the way they (have) played. They probably haven’t scored as many tries this year on a weekly basis,” said Strachan.
Strachan was referring to the Sharks’ two victories over the Blues last year, despite only nine members remaining from Dick Muir’s squad for the semi-final last year. Strachan expects much of the same in tactical kicking for space, as well as a forwards onslaught, which secured home and away victories for the Sharks.
Muir knows his team are being targeted as the Blues expect a fourth straight bonus-point win.
“The Blues obviously set themselves a high target of achieving 15 points on the road, they’ve managed 10 and we respect a side that are in such fine form,” said Muir.