BLUES

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RE­CRUIT­MENT BAL­ANCE

Def­i­nitely been a good out­come on the re­cruit­ment front for the Blues. They have picked up three All Blacks, a bruis­ing for­ward [Jimmy Tupou] who could turn out to be ex­cel­lent and pos­si­bly in Stephen Pero­feta, they have their new Car­los Spencer. Been the best haul they have had in years. Maybe ever.

WHAT CAN WE EX­PECT TAC­TI­CALLY?

To build on what they showed last year – which was im­proved so­lid­ity from the for­wards in all ar­eas and a more pa­tient, struc­tured at­tack­ing plan. With the back­line they have as­sem­bled and the nat­u­ral gifts within their for­wards, they could play a high tempo, con­ti­nu­ity game strik­ing at the widest parts of the field.

GUT FEEL – RIS­ERS OR FALL­ERS?

The Blues are a side on the way up. The ques­tion is not if they will be bet­ter than they were last year, but by how much? As long as they hold their set piece and de­fen­sive sys­tems to­gether, we think they will be a lot bet­ter and good enough to keep it go­ing for the whole sea­son.

WHERE WILL THEY FIN­ISH?

We fancy they might just sneak into the playo s. Re­ally? Yep. They are go­ing to win more away from home and be good enough to beat the best New Zealand sides at Eden Park.

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