Perofeta enjoying a good stint of game time at Blues

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Perofeta said his body was in good shape this year and that was down to using the resources available to the side at training and making this his priority.


By doing that, the playing would look after itself, he said.


Since coming back from a broken foot suffered just after rugby resumed after the Covid-19 lockdown that disrupted Super Rugby last year, he has enjoyed his longest stint in the professional ranks without injury.


"The pleasing thing is there are no little niggles, fingers crossed, so I'm fully fit ," he said.


While his preferred position is first five-eighths, he has enjoyed the consistency of selection at fullback this year. Knowing he would be settled in that role while Otere Black handled first five-eighths, he had been able to prepare well and also to put in the required homework for games.


But he wasn't without hope of keeping in touch with the first five-eighths role, especially with the system the Blues were playing where he often appeared at first or second receiver and was able to apply his skills as if starting in the role.


That was apparent when he took the gap that set up second five-eighths TJ Faiane for his try against the Highlanders in their last outing.



"It suits our style of play, and what we are trying to achieve in that area, but I prefer 10 [first five-eighths], but I am enjoying 15 at the moment," he said.


Perofeta said he felt the Blues side was in a good place and it had been bad habits creeping in that had contributed to the two losses they had suffered. They were old habits and that point had been reinforced to remind them that they were not quite where they needed to be.


"It was a good reminder for the boys, and a good wake up call to not let that complacency slip in," he said.


The next few weeks were about making the most of every training day they had to get better in games, starting with the Highlanders in Dunedin on Friday.


"We know what the Highlanders can bring, and seeing what they did two weeks ago against the Crusaders, they are a team that can fire from everywhere, so we've got to stay on top of that. But they are also a gritty team, so they can stay in the scrap until the 85th minute.


"They're a skilful team too, but we've got to do what we do best," he said.


Perofeta was conscious of the growth in maturity within the playing group in recent years that had exhibited itself in improved patience.


That was also something the less experienced backline needed to develop as they looked for continuity and cohesion, something he felt was growing for the combination.



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