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Smith will get his chance : Nucifora

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Blues coach David Nucifora is defending his lack of use of ex Hurricanes winger David Smith and says that the new Blues winger needs more time to develop.


Smith should get his second chance to impress this weekend after being named on the bench but he has yet to make his debut for the Blues.


Last year he earned 12 caps for the Hurricanes as a draft player in his rookie season and has 25 provincial appearances for Auckland.


The 22 year old clearly still has some work to do to convince Nucifora that he is as good as the likes of Joe Rokocoko, Anthony Tuitavake and Rudi Wulf.


“They have all been playing very well and they deserve their spots,” Nucifora told RugbyHeaven.


“David has played a little bit of Super 14 with the Hurricanes at the start of last season but didn’t feature a lot at the back end of their season,” said Nucifora.


Rokocoko’s injury could turn out to be Smith’s break as he looks certain to get more game time as the third placed Blues are now a wing down.


“His opportunities will come. He’s got to be patient and now obviously with Joe’s injury the opportunities are going to be more.


“So he has been doing a lot of work to improve his game and hopefully we’ll see the benefit of that when the opportunity does come at the back half of the season.”


The Blues are expected to beat the Brumbies this weekend and Auckland fans will be hoping the Blues remember how to score tries again. If they still can’t remember then perhaps when Smith does get his chance he will show them the way forward.

 

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