Saturday, June 25, 2011
This weekend the two qualifiers for the Super Rugby semi finals took place, with the Blues and Crusaders both heading through to the last four. The Blues beat the Waratahs 26-13 yesterday, so here's a look at some of the highlights if you missed the game. Other clips, such as tackles etc, might be posted separately.
The Waratahs, ravaged by injury, simply couldn't get up for this one as their lack depleted side struggled to cope with a strong second half showing from the the Blues.
Center Tom Carter, who scored for the 'Tahs, says that getting close simply isn't good enough.
"If this group is fair dinkum about winning the comp, we probably have a year or two left realistically. We can't keep blowing opportunities. We have made the semis three of the last four years and that's incredible, and we'd like people to recognise that. But we are also very aware that turning up and having a close semi-final isn't good enough in professional sport," he said.
Blues captain Keven Mealamu was predictably more upbeat following the win for the three-time champions. They will face the Reds in Brisbane next weekend.
"We're really happy with the way we're going at the moment," he said. "There was a lot of emotion during the week and that's probably why we didn't get off to as good a start as we would have liked.
"But after 20 minutes we got back into our work and I was really happy with the team."