Faumuina: Blues can lift performance for Lions

All Black front rower Charlie Faumuina says that the Blues can lift their performance for this week’s Super Rugby match against the Lions on Saturday in Johannesburg.

The Auckland based Super Rugby team lost 38-22 to the Bulls in Pretoria last week and move an hour south this week to play the Lions at Ellis Park.

In the run up to the match the Blues lost talisman and hooker Keven Mealamu who returned home with a calf injury but Faumuina says they have the ability to beat the Lons.

The All Black prop says that they already know that they need to address the slow starts that have cost them matches this season.

“We get behind and then there is too much ground to make up,” Faumuina told Sportal.

Faumuina said that the team started better against the Bulls but he felt they eased off which allowed the Bulls to score the opening try in the match.

“The Lions will be the same as other South African sides. They will be a little bit direct, will maul well and have a pretty good scrum.”

“They like to run it a bit, and especially if they get good ball off the top of the lineout.”

“We’ve got to make sure we hold onto the ball. We’ve been making too many errors and we need to make sure we get out of our own half and play the game in theirs,” he said.

The Lions play at a similar altitude to the Bulls but Faumuina says he is confident that it would not be an issue for the team as they are now more acclimatised.

As a bonus for the team Faumuina said that there was ‘a little bit of excitement’ in the team ahead of this week’s match.

“We want to come home with some points out of South Africa, not give too many penalties away, so that we can come home next week and get into it (the season)’,” he said.

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