Topic: Rugby

Undefeated Blues ready for first Super Rugby match

By Rahia Timutimu
  • Auckland
  • South Island

The Blues are in a good space ahead of their first match of the Super Rugby season tomorrow, although it'll be a tough match against last years winners, the Highlanders.

The Blues may find their first match difficult. They were dealt a blow this week, with captain Jerome Kaino side-lined after unintentionally punching Chiefs prop Pauliasi Manu in the face.

This means James Parsons will captain the side tomorrow night. He admits they've prepared the whole week for this match.

"We've built during the week, we've got our messages in place and it's about the individual being ready for tomorrow night." says Parsons.

Despite the Blues placing 14th out of 15 teams last year, it's a new year with new results for the side. The Auckland based team has won all their pre-season matches this year.

Parsons says both the senior and junior players of the side have added value to the team this year.

"There's a lot of energy from the young kids, and the older heads coming back, some coming back from overseas, they're adding value. There's a lot of energy and willingness to work for the group," he says. 

The Blues will host the Highlanders tomorrow night at Eden Park.