Blues play ‘Polynesian basketball’


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Reds coach Eddie Jones, the master of pre-match hype, has been at it again, describing the Blues as a team that plays “Polynesian basketball”. The Blues host the Reds in a Super 14 Round Four match in Auckland on Saturday.

Jones said he expected the New Zealander franchise to pose a far greater threat to his team’s backline than the Brumbies did in their 6-3 win over the Reds in Brisbane last week.

Jones felt that his team will need to stick to a “structured game plan” and not being sucked into playing a more expansive style if they hope to beat the Blues for the first time in Auckland.

“The Brumbies, in reality, didn’t really trouble us in the backline greatly,” said Jones.

“Auckland have a rich mixture of Samoans, Tongans, Fijians, Maoris in the mix with New Zealanders. They play this fantastic style where they offload, they play off quick line-outs, they play off quick turnovers.

“They want the game to be unstructured like a basketball game, we want to have structure in the game. We can’t beat them at that game but we certainly can beat them at a structured game.”


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