Nucifora’s Blues fitter than last year


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Blues coach David Nucifora who is now in his third year with the Blues after leaving the Brumbies says that his players showed great discipline over the Christmas period and this will put them in good stead for the Super14.

“The players managed themselves a lot better and they came back from Christmas in the best shape they’ve ever been,” Nucifora told NZPA.

Nucifora also said that he is happy with the teams fitness and that he feels that they are fitter than they have been in past years.

“The main part of this group have been together for three years now and we’ve improved each year,” added Nucifora.

If the Blues are fitter and improved from last year then other Super14 teams will have to take them very seriously when one considers that they came within a hair of a home Semi Final where they lost 34-18 to the Sharks in Durban.

Had the ill fated All Black recon programme not withheld some of their All Black stars away from them they would have surely scored one or two more points in seven matches to earn them a home semi final and things could have been very different.

Nucifora has done as much as he can this year so far and a new feature of the Super 14 will be Experimental Law Variations and he feels that he has done ample preparation for the new rules.

In order to further familiarize themselves with the new rules the Blues will play a preparation match under New Zealand referee Steve Walsh.

“We did a session before Christmas with Steve (Walsh) and that’s why we’ve asked him to do the game for us on Friday as well,” explained Nucifora.

“We all know the first few weeks are going to be a learning period for everyone – the players, the coaches, the referees included, I’m quite confident it’s going to be a positive step forward for the game,” he added.  


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