Umaga: ‘Destiny is in our hands’

Date published: May 9 2016

Blues head coach Tana Umaga has regained confidence in his side's chances of making the play-offs following their bonus point victory over the Kings on Saturday.

Umaga believes that despite them having to work hard for there five table points reward, against a struggling Port Elizabeth outfit, they are on track to make the Super Rugby play-offs later this year.  

The Auckland outfit currently at the foot of the New Zealand Conference table have played nine matches so far – winning five, losing three and a 25-all draw against the Reds. 

The three-time champions, who have one game in hand, find themselves six points adrift the fourth placed Hurricanes.

"Right from the outset, we always knew the New Zealand conference was going to be tough," Umaga told NZ Herald.

"We've always been looked at as the ones that were going to miss out by a long way but, as we've shown, we hang in there, whether it's by a finger or a whole hand.

"That's through our guts and determination to do that, and so we have put ourselves in the right places, and we'll just keep doing what we're doing to get ourselves back up the ladder. We enjoy that challenge."

With the New Zealand Conference table all but decided, the next few weeks will have season-deciding games for a few of the New Zealand franchises. 

The Blues face the Lions in Johannesburg this Saturday and a week later they take on the Force en route to Eden Park where sides like the Crusaders, Hurricanes and Brumbies lie in wait for them.

"We've got to keep trying to put out the best side," the All Black legend said.

"Other sides have that depth and confidence to change but we don't have that luxury.

"We're still a newish side so it's about becoming comfortable and confident in the systems we're putting in place and we're still getting there.

"We'd like to get three wins if we can but we're a side that can't look too far ahead. Our destiny is in our own hands and we control that."