The Blue Print: Round Eleven

The Blue Print: Round Eleven

THE BLUE PRINT
Match 10: Blues vs Crusaders
Where: AMI Stadium, Christchurch
When: Saturday 25 April, 7.35pm
Score: Blues 15 Crusaders 29

Halftime: Blues 10 Opposition 17
Blues Scorers:
Tries: Francis Saili, Brendon O’Connor
Conversions: Dan Bowden 1
Penalties: Dan Bowden 1
BEST & FAIREST (Selected by Mediaworks)
5 Points: Brendon O’Connor
For sheer hard work and non-stop performance, O’Connor was again outstanding. He stood up to the challenge and was rewarded for a late try.
3 Points: Akira Ioane
Just his second start, the teenager impressed everyone with his powerful and direct running, and strength in the contact. He has a big future.
1 Point: George Moala
Once again George was the best back in the Blues with some sturdy defence, and strong running. Played a hand in both tries with excellent passing skills.

WHAT THE COACH HAD TO SAY:
Like last week we allowed the opposition to get a good start on us and we paid for some defensive lapses. We also lost some of our lineout ball which didn’t help and of course playing with 14 men for 10 minutes didn’t help. That aside there was again some really good aspects when we play directly and show patience. It is a matter of continuing to work hard and eliminating the errors.
Coach John Kirwan

WHAT THE PLAYERS HAD TO SAY:
We had some opportunities. The Crusaders managed to win some of our lineout ball and converted that into points. It’s a tough road when you have to come back into a match but we are working hard and the performance was good in parts. We will definitely take some clear lessons from this.
Captain Keven Mealamu
Next Match: Vs Western Force, Eden Park, Saturday 2 May 5.30pm