Reds coach and former World Cup-winning All Black Brad Thorn said his side paid the cost of missing far too many tackles in their 26-53 DHL Super Rugby Pacific loss to the Blues at Eden Park on Saturday.
Blues backs Stephen Perofeta and Beauden Barrett are fast becoming DHL Super Rugby Pacific’s most effective one-two punch and the younger half of the dynamic duo has revealed clear, simple communication is the not-so-secret key to their success this season.
Start early, keep at it and develop a simple process was the advice for junior rugby players from Highlanders first five Sam Gilbert after he knocked over a perfect 8/8 conversions to guide his team to a 61-10 win over the Western Force in Dunedin on Friday night.
Facing Australia's best three teams over the next three rounds of DHL Super Rugby Pacific, starting with the Reds in their final round-robin game in Auckland on Saturday, will be a next-level step for the Blues.
The Gallagher Chiefs have named a strong side to travel to Melbourne to take on the Rebels at AMII Park on Sunday. With a 4pm kickoff (NZ time), the Gallagher Chiefs are chasing a vital game as they push for a top-four spot and home field advantage for the upcoming playoffs in DHL Super Rugby Pacific.