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Erasmus backing Blues to go far

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The Blues may have been struggling over the past few weeks since they returned from South Africa but one of South Africa’s most respected coaches has warned not to write them off as their unpredictability makes them dangerous.


Rassie Erasmus, a rising talent on the South African coaching scene who turned down the chance to join the Boks at the world cup so that he could concentrate on his Stormers job saw his Stormers lose to the Blues in the last minute.


Ben Atiga’s last-gasp penalty gave the Blues a much-needed win after two losses but Erasmus believes the true dangers of the Blues were revealed much earlier in the match.


Erasmus says that Danny Lee’s 11th minute touchdown represented everything that is special about the Blues.


“The thing that is tough about the Blues to coach against is that there aren’t specific guys that you can mark. When you go through the team, or their 22, then there are only three or four who aren’t special with the ball in hand,” said Erasmus to RugbyHeaven.


He also noted that tight forwards like John Afoa, Keven Mealamu and Troy Flavell all regularly exhibited remarkable ball skills and running capabilities.


“If you go through the team as an opposition coach, there aren’t many guys who can’t make something special out of nothing.


“It happened again (against us). We put in a good kick, there was a good chase line and one missed tackle and then it’s a try.


“That makes them unpredictable.”


Erasmus believes that the Blues had more structure to their game than a team like the Chiefs but that it was their unpredictability that was perhaps their greatest asset.


“I think they will go far just because they have those brilliant game breakers,” said Erasmus.


“You can practice through the week and try and mirror those sort of players but when you get on to the park they can still step you.


“I think that is how they are going to be – some days those guys are going to score six or seven tries and sometimes they aren’t going to come off.


“But they are certainly a very difficult team to coach against. I don’t think they are going through a dip. They are third on the log, they won (against us) and I think they are doing well.”

 

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