Basics cost Blues

RICHARD FERGUSON updates followers of the latest Super Rugby news from New Zealand.

Basics cost Blues

All the momentum the Blues got from their start to the season has been lost after their shock defeat to the Bulls on Sunday.

The Bulls overpowered the Blues at the breakdowns, an arm-wrestle of a game that the Blues were never going to win. Once they loosened up though, basic errors cost them and they simply could not get into the match.

John Kirwan accepted responsibility for the inconsistent preparations with mixed training sessions in the week leading up to the match. Kirwan was disappointed that his team did not play the way they trained.

Rutledge switches allegiances

Out of contract hooker Jason Rutledge, has been called up to the injury ravaged Hurricanes squad.

The 35 year old hooker, previously with the Highlanders, has been called up due to injuries to Dane Coles and Matu Matu’u. Both players were injured in the Canes’ win over the Crusaders on Friday.

Coles has an ankle sprain while Matu’u has a shoulder injury.