Lam pleased with Blues’ effort against Sharks

Blues coach Pat Lam says that even though his team lost their sixth Super Rugby match this season he is pleased with the commitment they put in during the 23-29 loss to the Sharks.

The Blues managed to fight their way back from being down 13-15 at half time following two Sharks intercept tries to lead the match only to let the Sharks overtake them and win the match.

If not for the high number of errors made by the Aucklanders they could well have won the match but instead they lost for the eighth successive time to the Sharks.

Blues coach Pat Lam who was guaranteed his job until the end of the season has come under fire all week for the Blues performances this season but even though the lost again the coach says he is pleased with the effort his players put in.

“I put a massive pressure on the boys to front, as far as attitude, body language, fight for every inch of the game and stick to the structure,’ Lam said after the game.

“We had so many opportunities to win that game and win it well by halftime,” Lam told Fairfax.

“Unfortunately there were two intercept tries when we should be going the other way, when you’re low on confidence things go against you and it’s certainly frustrating not only for myself, but the players involved and out fans.

“We were 15-3 down and we worked our way back, we talked about it at halftime, we knew the reason why they’re called the Sharks, because they feed of your mistakes and unfortunately we were making them.

“In the second half we took the lead and wanted to build on that and unfortunately there was a try there [to Tim Whitehead] that the officials have admitted wasn’t right and you’ve got to live with that.

“But ultimately, we shouldn’t have been in that position in the first place, there are some individuals in the changing room who are pretty upset, pretty hurt because they know those decision affected us.

“There’s a question mark around that try, but it’s our fault for the two intercept passes.”

The questionable try was awarded after Whitehead fumbled the ball and recovered it after Hadleigh Parkes touched the ball which meant that a knock on should have been blown up.

Lam said that the Blues missed out on a number of try scoring opportunities so they can’t blame the loss on the incorrectly awarded try.

“In the first half there were tries we could have walked in if guys didn’t panic or throw their hands out at the last minute,” said Lam.

“The game plan gives us those opportunities but it’s terribly frustrating and the guys who make those mistakes are really hurting, the first thing they say to me is to apologise.

“Rugby is a team game, you can do a lot of the work, our set piece was good, we had good gain line and we’d put them under pressure, but then we’d just release it. If one guy doesn’t make the right decision, we all pay the price for it and that’s why a lot of guys are upset.”

Asked if this defeat definitely spelled a definite end to the Blues chances of making the playoffs, Lam admitted as much but said the team needed to battle on.

“We know that we’ve got to keep working day to day, the obvious (answer) is yes, we’re running out of games,” he said.

“We’ve got to get back to work and built on the attitude, effort and work rate.”

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