Blues coach laments poor control in Rebels loss

Blues coach Pat Lam lamented his team’s poor ball control in their 34-24 loss to the Rebels in Melbourne on Thursday.

The match was the first ever Super Rugby match held on a Thursday but sent the Blues to the bottom of the Super Rugby standings.

The Blues started the season being unbeaten in all three of their warm up matches and were tipped to win the New Zealand conference.

This fifth loss from six matches leaves the Blues with a mountain to climb if they are to qualify for the play offs in July.

Lam has been coach of the Blues in Super Rugby July 2008 season but his position will be under enormous pressure with this latest loss.

“We just couldn’t maintain pressure,” Lam said.

“Credit to the Rebels, because they kept coming at us, particularly in that last 20 minutes.”

Melbourne coach Damien Hill said his team didn’t panic despite losing the lead early in the second half.

“We came off at halftime leading, but we were frustrated with the way we were playing,” Hill said.

“Then to concede a try early in the second half, things could have gone south very quickly. “

“It’s a credit to Delvey (Gareth Delve) and the team and to our defence.”

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