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Blues had enough ball but were too clumsy

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Sportal.co.nz     24 Mar 2012     Getty Images

He couldn't help but think with 60 seconds of Friday night's match with the Hurricanes remaining that he was finally going to have one in the bag.

That was until the Beauden Barrett brilliance which split his backline and presented Conrad Smith with the try-scoring chance that would allow Barrett to claim the win with a conversion.

The side had conceded soft tries to the Hurricanes in the first half from their own mistakes turning 16-19 down but had come out with an intent to solidify their game.

"We got off to a good start and then some missed tackles and clumsy play and they came right back into the game. There were three mistakes by us and that was disappointing," he said.

They had dug their way out of a hole and got into a position to win the game.

"But obviously in the last 30 seconds we blew it so we're pretty disappointed," he said.

But the Hurricanes did extremely well to take the game, he said and there could be no complaints from the Blues as they did enough, and had enough possession, to win the game.

The lineout, troubling as it had been in earlier games, started well with eight clean takes but then the malaise set in and they lost four in a row.

"We've got to go back and look at that. We spoke about it at halftime and we looked better in the second half. We had enough possession and again we were just a little bit clumsy at times and whether that's travel or just errors, and that put us under pressure," he said.

There was only one way to sort the problem and that was for the group to work together to bounce back.

They have the bye next week before travelling to Melbourne to play the Rebels on the Thursday before Easter.

The injury news didn't get any better either with Alby Mathewson off to hospital for an X-ray of an ankle while No.8 Brad Mika had concerns after an accidental poke in the eye.