Lam plays it cool

Pat Lam says the Blues will not get carried away despite a morale-boosting victory over the Stormers.

Lam’s charges held on for a 14-8 win over the Stormers to take a haul of five points from their two matches in the Republic. They will be buoyed by the result ahead of a testing home fixture against the Sharks in Auckland on Saturday, but Lam refused to play up the significance of the win.

“It’s just another step towards our goal,” Lam told keo.co.za. “We’re happy to have bounced back after the defeat against the Bulls. The good teams always bounce back, so tonight was encouraging.

“But in the same way you don’t lose the tournament with one loss, you don’t win it with one win. The Sharks will be very tough and we’ll have to improve before that match.”

Asked about the difference between the Blues and Stormers, Lam said: “When games are tight it comes down to the teams who take their opportunities. The scoreline reflected that.”

Lam sounded a warning to the Stormers, who face the Bulls at Loftus on Saturday. He watched his side get mauled (59-26) and cautioned against an expansive approach (like the Stormers attempted tonight) against a very well drilled Bulls unit.

“The Bulls certainly have the advantage,” he said. “They know how to play the altitude to their advantage and their kicking game there is so good.

“We looked back on that game and would certainly have played differently. It’ll be massively physical and whoever does well in the forwards will probably win.”

By Ryan Vrede