Playoffs for Blues still Kirwan’s plan

Date published: April 9 2015

Blues head coach John Kirwan is still being optimistic about the Super Rugby strugglers making this year's playoffs.

The Blues are yet to win a game in Super Rugby this year, suffering seven losses from seven games.

Taking on the Brumbies on Friday is the next challenge ahead for Kirwan's group of players, with a side including Jerome Kaino, Steven Luatua and Charles Piutau named for Friday's clash in Auckland.

Running out at Eden Park for the first time this year, Kirwan knows the odds are slim but the plan remains to try and make it to the knockout stages of this year's Super Rugby competition.

"Mathematically if we win all our games with bonus points we should be in the playoffs. It's optimistic. But that's the plan." Kirwan, who exudes positivity like Paul Henry emits arrogance, backed up that view.

"We're running out of runway but we're certainly really positive," he said.

"We've got a strong run home, lots of home games, and it's fantastic to be back at Eden Park. But we need to start winning. It's certainly not over. We believe we can push for a playoff spot, but it comes down to Friday night.

"You know what you're going to get with the Brumbies.

"They're incredibly disciplined, incredibly organised, and they've got a great kicking game. It's going to be another big night for us. We need to make sure we're ready for their kicking game and ready for their pressure round the set piece, and also their organisation around attack.

"It's a big ask but we're confident if we play like we've been playing the last couple of weeks, and cut out some of our errors, we'll be in the hunt."