Blues ‘take a step back’

Blues coach Tana Umaga said that his team’s self-confidence has undergone a huge knock after their disappointing 43-5 loss to the Lions on Saturday.

The Blues came into the Lions game full of confidence after a 34-20 victory over the Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth the week before and the Auckland based outfit were looking to head home with a victory over the South African frontrunners.

It went horribly wrong for the visitors from the get go as they conceded one try after another before Kara Pryor registered the Blues first points of the game with a try in 73rd minute.

Umaga said after the game on Saturday: “We thought we'd been on a pretty good tangent, it's not a steep one but it's certainly improving. This one kind of puts us back a bit."

Umaga was unable to take out any positives from the performance and said that the team would take a hard look at their efforts.

“There's not too much to be positive about to be honest in terms of the performance. We're not taking it on the chin. There's some pretty distraught players around as well as our management," added Umaga.

The former All Black said that the Blues are only as good as their past performance and they will need to put this game behind them and focus on the task at hand when then they travel to nib Stadium to take on the Western Force on Saturday.

“We've got seven days to get out and give a better account of ourselves. We can't wallow in today because if we do we'll probably get the same kind of result," he said.