Blues coming along nicely : Lam

Blues head coach Pat Lam believes things are starting to take shape for the start of the Super 14 even though they have lost warm up matches to the Chiefs and the Hurricanes.

Most recently the Blues managed to hold on and beat the Reds 24-22 which puts some positivity into their preparations.

They still have another warm up match to come which is on Thursday afternoon when they host the Highlanders at Albany.

Lam has 10 All Blacks at his disposal for this year’s campaign which starts with away matches to the Western Force, Bulls and Stormers.

With a gruelling start on the road the Blues will need to cut out the rustiness which has brought on some sloppiness against the Reds.

Lam used his All Blacks cleverly to provide the impact when needed and they made a noticeable difference.

“Yeah, just little errors let us down but certainly the shape of the game is coming along.” Lam told RugbyHeaven.

“We scored some good tries from set piece and that shows that our game is working rather than just off broken play,”

“As soon as you bring those AB players back in (to the set piece) … it’s a huge improvement on last week.

“We started off against the Chiefs strong, we dropped off against the Hurricanes.

“Straight away you bring a bit of experience in there and you saw the amount of pressure we were able to apply (to the Reds) at scrum time and lineout.”

Lam said that even though the win was a close one the end result would boost the confidence of his team and in particular the younger players.

“I think so. We played a lot of good rugby but we also showed that when we turned the ball over we were vulnerable. If we don’t look after the ball we are going to get punished.

“If you look at all of their tries they were from our mistakes whereas we were able to build some good rugby and score some good points and certainly take a lot of confidence.

“You can see the shape of our game coming and it’s now up to individuals to ensure that we keep our errors down.”

Lam added that he and his assistant Shane Howarth would use their final warm up match against the Highlanders to finalise their touring squad of 26 for the trip to Western Australia and South Africa.

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