Blues coach rates Reds showdown as a quarter-final
May 11, 2000
Auckland Blues coach, Gordon Hunter, is looking on his side's clash against the Reds at Ballymore in Brisbane on Saturday night as a quarter-final.
Hunter said this morning that the Blues were in a must-win situation to progress further in the Super 12 competition.
"In my opinion, if we can't win then we don't deserve to be in the semi-finals," he said.
The coach emphasised that no attention had been given to losses in Super 12
"That means zip to this group of players," he said. "I love going to Ballymore and the team is positive about it. We are looking forward to it.
"We have great respect for our opponents. They played a huge game against the Brumbies in the last round and they are in very good form."
Hunter said Justin Collins had come back into the team as a specialist
Eroni Clarke at centre will have a significant role against the Reds'
Blues captain, Robin Brooke, said the team would target the win and four
"But we cannot be too conservative," he said. "We have to go out and get on with it from the start, and we will, otherwise the game might drift away from us."
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