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Blues coming closer to the boil: Kaino

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 30/03/2017

Jerome Kaino of the Blues makes a break during the Super Rugby pre-season match between the Blues and the Rebels. © Simon Watts/GETTY IMAGES Jerome Kaino of the Blues makes a break during the Super Rugby pre-season match between the Blues and the Rebels. The shackles have come off the Blues but Jerome Kaino doesn't want it to go their heads.

All Blacks hard man Kaino reckons last week's 38-14 dissection of the Bulls marked a possible season turning point, having put the attacking accelerator down to devastating effect in the second half.

Level 7-7 at the break, something clicked in the second spell as five further tries were racked up, including a double to in-form winger Matt Duffie.

Such fluency wasn't on show in their three preceding Kiwi derbies, resulting in losses.

"It was huge for us. How we approached the first half wasn't how we want to play, we tried to push passes and got too expansive too early," Kaino said.

"In the second half we trusted our fitness and our skills.

"The focus this week is to make a solid start and maybe push passes in the second half."

They remain at Eden Park on Saturday to face another struggling outfit, the Force, who have lost three of four games including last week's 28-point thrashing from the Crusaders.

While a second win over the Blues in 11 meetings seems unlikely, the Perth-based outfit won't be under-rated by Kaino.

He said the uncertainty surrounding the number of Australian teams in next year's competition would be playing on the minds of the visitors.

There is speculation the Force will be axed, with an announcement expected soon.

"I think it will galvanise them. There's a grey area in terms of their future but we have to focus on what we can control and what result we need to get."

Kaino was reluctant to voice his thoughts on whether Sanzaar should trim the 18-team tournament or retain the status quo.

He said player opinion seemed to hold little sway with Super Rugby bosses anyway.

"Each year we just rock up, see the structure and try to get as many wins as we can.

"I don't think they listen too much to what we want or what we need."

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