Kirwan : Blues have to beat Chiefs in Hamilton

Blues coach Sir John Kirwan has admitted that the pressure is mounting for his Auckland based Super Rugby franchise after they lost their eighth match in a row.

The Blues have lost all six of their matches this year but ended last year with two losses so they are on an eight match losing streak.

The Auckland Super Rugby franchise were beaten 23-11 by the Waratahs on Saturday and Kirwan says they will now have to beat the Chiefs in Hamilton on Saturday this week.

Worryingly for Kirwan the Blues have also lost their last eight matches against the Chiefs including an 18-23 loss earlier this year.

The Blues are placed last in the overall standings and have earned just four points from six matches compared to the tournament leading Hurricanes 27 points.

Given the Blues position their chances of reaching the final six seems to be out of the question which makes one wonder what they will have to play for if they continue to lose.

Coach Kirwan has the worst record of any Blues coach in Super Rugby history but he still believes that they can turn things around and says that they can still be in with a shout if they win their 10 remaining games.

“We knew going in we had to win one of these two games away to stay in the hunt. We were hoping that was going to come tonight, so that doubles the pressure on next week,” Kirwan told Stuff.

“The pressure is mounting, you can’t deny that. But that’s where we’re at, and we just need to keep focusing on what we can control and that’s getting ready for the Chiefs.”

Kirwan said that he plans to play all of his All Blacks in the match against the Chiefs which is shaping up to be a last roll of the dice for the Blues.

“We need to win one of these games away if we’re going to stay in the race. I can’t afford to rest them and if the season is lost to us I don’t have to worry too much after that.”

“We couldn’t win a trick at the moment,” Kirwan said.

“We’re under pressure and the boys are playing with heart and commitment, but we’ve just got to cut out some of our discipline errors and make sure we execute a little better.”

Speaking specifically about the loss to the Waratahs Kirwan said that he felt the Blues paid the price for a lack of discipline in the final stages with a series of penalties and a yellow card for Jerome Kaino.

“Bemused is a good word,” he said explaining his mood.

“I didn’t think there was much in it really, and playing with one man less for the last nine or 10 minutes when we were still in the game was not easy.”

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