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Blues to mend broken defence

Blues coach Pat Lam will be looking for a quick-fix for his side’s defencive frailties ahead of Friday’s clash against the Waratahs at Eden Park.

The Blues defence had more holes in it than Joost van der Westhuizen’s underwear during their 63-34 hammering by the Chiefs at the weekend and the tackle bags will surely be called upon this week as they look to bounce back.

Lam’s side has the worst defence in the entire competition, having conceded 196 points in their six matches, which equates to just over 32 points a game. Record defeats to the Bulls and the Chiefs have certainly bumped that figure up, but there can be no doubt as to which area of their game requires the most work.

‘We’ve got to go back and look at everything,’ said Lam. ‘When teams break you like that you check your system and you check the individuals. We’ll go through that process.

‘We’ve conceded a lot of tries through guys coming out of the system. It’s a big area we need to work on if we want to have any chance in this competition.

‘We’re disappointed with the amount of points conceded, and the tries we’ve conceded. There are soft ones and it’s probably more disappointing when we gift opportunities to the other teams.’

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