Revenge mission for Blues

Date published: May 26 2016

Blues head coach Tana Umaga admits revenge will be in the air when they face off with the Crusaders at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday.

A tough 28-13 defeat was inflicted on Umaga's men in March as the Crusaders were dominant and have since gone on to enjoy a strong season.

The Blues meanwhile have bounced back well and currently sit on 29 points after six wins, 12 behind the Crusaders and 13 off the Chiefs. That makes Saturday's game vital to their play-off hopes, says Umaga.

"The forward pack have talked about it," he told NZ Newswire when the subject of their defeat in Christchurch earlier in the year came up.

"They know they have to stand up this week against a pretty formidable front-row and forward pack that the Crusaders have.

"We still remember the game we had down there where they did give us a bit of a lesson."

Unfortunately for the Blues, the Crusaders welcome back one of their star players, Nemani Nadolo, to the left wing following a recent suspension, something head coach Umaga thinks they have dealt with very well.

"They haven't missed a beat, really," he said.

"The guys who got the opportunity while he was away did pretty well too. I think it shows confidence in what they believe in and in their systems down there."