Delany wary of wounded Blues

NZ Newswire May 25, 2012, 1:30 pm

Last week Mike Delany was kicking the Highlanders to a hard-earned Super Rugby victory over the Bulls.

This Saturday, his impact will be limited to coming off the bench against the rock-bottom Blues at Eden Park, but the reliable first five-eighth is still wary of confronting the wounded Aucklanders at home.

The Highlanders have won just once at Eden Park, in 2002, in 17 years of Super Rugby and Delany has no expectation of an easy ride this weekend despite the fact that the Blues are backing up from a 59-12 demolition by the Crusaders.

"The thing is that the Blues are so unpredictable and they can beat anybody on their day," he said.

"They've got a lot of quality players, they've got nothing to lose and we're very wary of that. They could be very effective spoilers."

Delany says the Highlanders haven't put together an 80-minute performance for some time, and need to deliver one on Saturday.

Last time the two teams met, just over a month ago in Dunedin, the Highlanders edged home 30-27 with Delany contributing 20 points.

Delany's goal-kicking, four out of five, was also crucial in the 16-11 win over the Bulls, and he is confident the Highlanders can sustain the intensity of that match against the Blues.

"We were pretty happy with the outcome. It was good to snap our losing streak and hopefully that gives us confidence going to Auckland," he said.

"But there are definitely a lot of areas we can improve on. It was difficult to break the Bulls' defence."

Delany has taken over as the Highlanders' playmaker after season-ending injuries to Colin Slade and Lima Sopoaga, although back-up No.10 Chris Noakes will start against the Blues.

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  1. Perplexed05:54pm Friday 25th May 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Dear O Dear.Theres one in every basket ahPiG???????????

  2. PG05:24pm Friday 25th May 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    They should also be wary of having a beer with Zac Guildford.

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  3. Nigel05:21pm Friday 25th May 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    John, no doubt you obviously can play better than any of the Blues players? and no matter what sport there is, some team will be last. Cant happen any other way,

  4. StuR04:10pm Friday 25th May 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Go the Highlanders...

  5. 03:57pm Friday 25th May 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Delany is just looking to motivate his own team. If the Blues were worth a cold pie they would of shown it prior to now? They have been under enormous personal pressure due to diabolical form all season yet haven't delivered. Auckland rugby is a laughing stock at this point


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