Just more headaches for Blues and Umaga

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 07:47
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INJURY UPDATE: The troubling New Zealand franchise the Blues will travel to Tokyo for their must-win match against the Sunwolves without the injured Jerome Kaino and George Moala.

According to the New Zealand Herald, Moala sustained an arm injury, while loose forward Kaino suffered a hamstring strain during the side's 19-21 loss to the Chiefs in Hamilton last weekend.

The injuries are major setbacks for the side who travel to Tokyo with a definite sense of purpose, a single-minded focus that they have a job to do and nothing other than a victory will be acceptable against a team one place below them on the bottom of the table.

The last time the two sides met, the Blues suffered defeat in scorching hot weather conditions at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium.

However, this weekend the temperatures will be far cooler, and the key for the Blues will be to combine a red-hot intensity with cold decision-making – something they have been able to do just once in six matches this season.

Lock Patrick Tuipulotu, about to play his 50th game for the Blues, sat out last year's defeat with injury believes complacency is the reason behind their dismal performance. The lock also explained that this time the side head to Tokyo more focused on the job.

"[If we want to win] we should not to get complacent," Tuipulotu told New Zealand Herald.

"Last year, judging by the feeling of the boys, we didn't really prepare well. I don't think we went over there for the right reasons, whereas this time it's a lot simpler – we're going there to do one job and the focus is on that."

As for his 50th, it will be a lot more special if he can celebrate a victory. "It's coming," he said. "It's hard to stand here and say something like that after the last couple of years we've had, but it's something we're working on and something to look forward to.

"I love this club and even though we're going through tough times I don't think I'd want to do it anywhere else."

Source: @nzherald

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Fri, 27 April 2018
Hurricanes v Sunwolves 07h35 Wellington
Stormers v Rebels 13h00 Newlands
Leicester Tigers v Newcastle Falcons 18h45 Welford Road
Sat, 28 April 2018
Reds v Lions 05h05 Suncorp Stadium
Blues v Jaguares 07h35 Eden Park
Brumbies v Crusaders 09h45 Canberra
Kings v Cheetahs 13h00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Exeter Chiefs v Sale Sharks 14h00 Sandy Park
Worcester Warriors v Harlequins 14h00 Sixways
Gloucester v Bath 14h00 Kingsholm
Connacht v Leinster 14h05 Sportsground
Dragons v Scarlets 14h05 Rodney Parade
Bulls v Highlanders 15h15 Loftus Versfeld
Treviso v Zebre 16h00 Stadio Monigo
Cardiff Blues v Ospreys 16h35 Cardiff Arms Park
Munster v Ulster 16h35 Thomond Park
Edinburgh v Glasgow Warriors 18h35 Myreside
Sun, 29 April 2018
London Irish v Saracens 14h00 Madejski Stadium
Wasps v Northampton Saints 14h00 Ricoh Arena
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Sun, 22 April 2018
Racing Metro v Munster 27 | 22
Brumbies v Jaguares 20 | 25
Sat, 21 April 2018
Ulster v Glasgow Warriors 36 | 15
Zebre v Ospreys 37 | 14
Sharks v Stormers 24 | 17
Leinster v Scarlets 38 | 16
Bulls v Rebels 28 | 10
Reds v Chiefs 12 | 36
Crusaders v Sunwolves 33 | 11
Fri, 20 April 2018
Waratahs v Lions 0 | 29
Blues v Highlanders 16 | 34
Sun, 15 April 2018
Saracens v Bath 41 | 6
London Irish v Exeter Chiefs 5 | 45
Sat, 14 April 2018
Leinster v Treviso 15 | 17
Kings v Cardiff Blues 12 | 45
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Team P W D L Pts
Waratahs 8 5 1 2 24
Rebels 87 4 0 4 21
Brumbies 8 3 0 5 15
Reds 8 3 0 5 13
Sunwolves 8 0 0 8 2
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 8 6 0 2 29
Hurricanes 7 6 0 1 27
Chiefs 8 6 0 2 26
Highlanders 7 5 0 2 24
Blues 8 2 0 6 12
Pool SA
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 9 6 0 3 30
Bulls 8 4 0 4 19
Sharks 9 3 1 5 18
Jaguares 9 4 0 5 16
Stormers 9 3 0 6 14