Blues captain Jerome Kaino knows his side will have to front up to the physical challenge posed by the Waratahs this weekend.
Kaino took note of the 'Tahs performance last Sunday in their win over the Brumbies in a fesity Australian derby,
"We had a look at how the Waratahs fronted up and for us that's a non-negotiable. We have to front up physically," Kaino told the NZ Herald.
"We've had a good rest, we've come off a bye, we're feeling fresh. It's good timing for us to get some physical work in. It was a good session."
Winless so far in Super Rugby and bottom of the table, Kaino revealed the criticism his team have received had been tough to hear but also fair.
"The boys have been trying hard, we're improving every week but we just haven't managed to get that win. The boys know that what we've been doing works if we put an 80-minute performance together," added Kaino.
"The key is our leaders leading … we have a lot of young guys in our squad who in these tough times look for direction and it's important we keep performing and setting that example, they'll follow and the results won't be too far away.
"I try to shut it [criticism] out, but living in Auckland it's everywhere. The harsh reality is we're in a results-based industry and we have to perform and if we don't we're open to that criticism."