Blues ready to bounce back against Jaguares

Date published: March 29 2016

The Blues are keen to return to their winning ways when they return to action against the Jaguares in Albany on Saturday.

There's a strong sense of urgency in the Blues camp after their bye in Round Five. They haven't won since their 33-31 triumph over the Highlanders in their opener and are currently languishing at the bottom of the New Zealand Conference table on seven points from four matches.

They are seven points adrift of their nearest New Zealand rivals, the Crusaders, while tabletoppers the Chiefs are 12 points ahead of the men from Auckland.

Flanker Blake Gibson said the Blues know that beating the Jaguares, who also have one victory from four matches, is imperative if they want to make a success of their season.

"We know this week is really important," he told Fairfax Media

"We've got three games before we get a break again, and all those next three games are vital. We want to start well, and we're looking to refocus this week.

"We're feeling fresh after a couple of days off. The boys are really excited about this week. We want to be on top of our game and make sure everything clicks this week."

In their previous match, against the Reds in Brisbane, the Blues dominated early on but had to fight back to secure a draw in the end. That result gave them much to reflect on over the past week.

"We made the opportunities but just weren't clinical enough and dropped too much ball," added Gibson. 

"They kicked it down our end and had us under pressure when we really should have had the pressure on them. We need to gel this week, simplify things and hopefully build pressure."

Gibson said the Blues will not underestimate the Jaguares, despite it being their first year in the tournament.

"They're pretty good, they're big boys, and they've probably got the best offloading game in the competition. We need to shut that down and hopefully run them around the field."