Super Rugby round 14 - Crusaders v Blues
Blues 'must learn to play field position'
May 19, 2013
The Crusaders' Owen Franks and Luke Romano tackle the Blues' Tim Perry, Crusaders v Blues, Super Rugby, AMI Stadium, Christchurch, May 18, 2013
The Blues were unable to trouble the Crusaders © Getty Images

The Blues must appreciate the need to play field position when required, coach Sir John Kirwan said after the 23-3 loss to the Crusaders in Super Rugby round 14 at AMI Stadium in Christchurch on Saturday night. Kirwan also lamented the inability of the kicking game to get the side out of trouble, and the ill-discipline as a result of the pressure exerted by the Crusaders.

Kirwan said he didn't think there was any spectacular difference between the sides, but the Crusaders had been able to grind the Blues down. "A charge-down try and a maul try was probably the difference, so they strangled us a wee bit," Kirwan said.

Kirwan felt the Blues scrum had taken a step forward, but the side lacked ball in the second half and they had one ruck in one 20-minute stage. "They pinned us down in our half and lived off our mistakes so we need to pick ourselves up for next week," he said. "We probably lost the kicking battle so we got stuck in our half and didn't get out of our half as well as what we should have."

The Crusaders had done nothing the Blues weren't expecting, Kirwan said, but his side hadn't dealt with the hosts' game plan.

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