Kirwan feeling the pressure

Date published: March 27 2015

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John Kirwan admits the pressure is on as the Blues look to end their losing streak against the Waratahs this weekend.

The former All Black winger has been in the firing line as the Blues recorded their worst-ever start to a Super Rugby season, with five losses from as many games so far.

They were on a bye last weekend, but come back to face a tough game away to the defending champions in Sydney.

And while Kirwan insists his focus remains on the team, rather than the pressure on his own job, he is well-aware that things need to change quickly.

"Look, I'm under pressure," Kirwan said at Friday's captain's run at Allianz Stadium.

"I'm under pressure because I care about the fans and care about the job I'm supposed to be doing – and that's winning. We get paid to win.

"But you can't worry about that and I'm not worried about it because all I can focus on is what I can control.

"So everyone was calling for my head a couple of weeks ago and I can understand that. It's part of the job.

"There's going to be some pain and I might not survive to see the good days.

"But if you start worrying about that, you never get your job done.

"I'm really confident in the football team I have. I'm confident in the job we're doing and I'm really confident that the club's heading in the right direction.

"We've got a really good board, we've got a really good CEO, we're investing in the business, we're changing to a new facility and the team is in great shape.

"We just haven't won a football game. If you'd had a look at our games, we've got one (bonus) point out of (almost) every game, but we need to turn our season around."

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