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Sportal.co.nz     25 Feb 2014     Getty Images

The Blues will host the Christchurch-based side, and Mealamu, who missed the opening game, said he has prepared well and is raring to go.

Mealamu is expected to be propping alongside long-time front row partner prop Tony Woodcock in the game. While there was pressure on them to perform, they were putting just as much pressure on themselves, he said.

"We've been given an opportunity to get into good knick so now it is about making sure we transfer that onto the rugby field," he said.

Mealamu said they were all disappointed with the result, especially after travelling to Dunedin where it was known you had to be on your game right from the outset.

"We did well in the second half but to give them that many points is not good enough. We'll make sure we get better for the weekend," he said.

And it didn't get any easier because the side had a short turnaround and were carrying several injured players in the squad.

Both teams would be looking for points after their first round losses, but the Blues faced the extra pressure of knowing their next two games are in South Africa against the Bulls and Lions which made winning on Friday all the more important.

"We put Africa aside for now and just make sure we prepare well to win on Friday. We're not going to look any further than Friday, we need to make sure we prepare well and get the job done before we head away," he said.