'Attitude over altitude' summed up Blues' win

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Sunday, March 11, 2018    Getty Images

It was only the second win in South Africa for the Blues since 2012, and the other win was over the hapless Southern Kings in 2016.


Key to the Blues' win was the 67 percent of possession they enjoyed, a fair percentage of it gifted to them from Lions mistakes. But coach Tana Umaga, who said the win rated high for the way the team ground out the win more than anything else, paid tributed to the side's attitude.

"People question the culture within our group. I think you got a good glimpse of what it is. These boys play for each other.

"They want to do it for each other. We need to make sure we are consistent about that. We know it's in there, we just need to pull it out.

"It's about them being themselves and expressing themselves, having belief in the way they want to play," he told South African media after the game.

The Blues hadn't shown any of the attributes on display in Johannesburg in their earlier outing against the Chiefs in Auckland.

"We've got some good things to come out of this. We need to get back on track in Cape Town and do it again," he said.

At the same time Umaga acknowledged that it had been good to get on a plane after last weekend's loss and all the criticism that followed.

"It was probably well deserved and we were a bit embarrassed by that. This, however, is definitely something to build on," he said.