Blues stumble to Super Rugby loss

Cathy Walshe, NZ Newswire April 27, 2012, 9:31 pm

The Blues' horror Super Rugby season rolled on unabated at Eden Park in Auckland as they stumbled to their eighth loss of the season, falling 23-11 to the Queensland Reds.

The Blues were hard hit by Reds' tries early in each half, their disorganisation on defence out wide punished as the defending champions ran in three tries for their fifth win of the season.

The home team never really recovered from a horror start, conceding two tries inside the first seven minutes.

Centre Digby Ioane crossed barely a minute after Friday night's kickoff, the Blues scrambling defence found wanting after Reds first five-eighth Ben Lucas kicked wide.

The Blues' defensive shortcomings were underlined soon after, as quick ball from Wallabies halfback Will Genia again left them at sixes and sevens, and fullback Luke Morahan scythed through some weak tackling to dot down.

Former North Harbour first five-eighths Mike Harris added the extras, and the visitors led 12-0.

With their set piece working efficiently, and the Blues lineout under pressure, the Reds continued to dominate.

But the Blues battled back, punching through in the midfield with powerful running from second five-eighth Ma'a Nonu and stretching the Reds out wide as winger Rudi Wulf attacked the line.

They were rewarded in the 25th minute when their lineout finally functioned smoothly, with captain Luke Braid powering over to haul one back for the home team.

Harris and Blues first five-eighth Gareth Anscombe swapped penalties, but with the Blues continuing to concede turnovers at crucial times, the Reds went into halftime with a 15-8 lead.

Genia's sharp eye and a cut-out pass to winger Dom Shipperley put the Reds ahead 20-8 just four minutes after the restart.

The Blues narrowed the gap through Anscombe's boot 10 minutes later, but another Harris penalty and some solid, no-frills rugby in the closing stages saw the Reds home.

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  1. Rob05:58pm Monday 30th April 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    What a disgrace, of a out of form pig! He'll be lucky if any franchise will want the camel hump behind. The Hurricanes will laugh at him. Him & his pathetic puha beer pot belly. He should go & play for the PNG netball team, so he can lose some of that flab. Waste of space! Fk off Taniwha Weepu. Dances like a drag queen as well...hahaha

  2. Kiwi10011:46am Sunday 29th April 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Do the decent and honorable thing Pat and resign.

  3. 04:21pm Saturday 28th April 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    If the Players put as much effort on the field as they do to theirhaircuts, then Maybe... only maybe they might have a chance. Over Groomed, Over Paid, Over Weight and time most of them went Overseas

  4. 03:54pm Saturday 28th April 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    The Blues are not losing by 40 points. Most of the issues are lack of intelligent play and poor handling. The stupids passes are now no longer being thrown thank heavens. They are starting to kick more and when required rather than running everything - that's a plus. To me their main problem is slow ball and forwards hanging back and not driving into rucks looking for turnover. The highlanders know how to attack the ruck when the opposition aren't numbering up.

  5. Russell11:26am Saturday 28th April 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    DR PHIL yes the same islanders that when Grant Fox was taking kicks for goal on his home ground for the A/B,S vSamoa they booed him off the park .Thanks for that

  6. gorden11:16am Saturday 28th April 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    thae auck blues play like poos then they loose the crowd boos was good time to snooze most of their players come from zoos

  7. flyer10:48am Saturday 28th April 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    they have to come right soon these losses must have a effect on their game

  8. Brian10:46am Saturday 28th April 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    If the pupil hasn't learnt then the teacher hasn't taught. This applioes to rugby coaches as well. Sorry Mr Lam but you are only OK when surrounded by great players who need little coaching. The current Blues team are OK but the coach will have to be replaced.

  9. Fred10:26am Saturday 28th April 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    pat please go

  10. PAT10:09am Saturday 28th April 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    This is the team which represents the biggest biggest city in NZ? The little provincial teams would give them a run for guts and heart. Too much time spent on decorating the body and not enough on hard training. Pat lamb too close to 'the boys'.


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