POOR FORM, a growing injury list and another player facing suspension.
These are the problems Blues coach Pat Lam is facing as his side prepares to confront the Hurricanes in a must-win clash at Eden Park this Friday.
The Auckland-based franchise is 14th on the table after only winning one of its four games this season.
Making matters worse is skipper Keven Mealamu has a calf strain and will need to prove his fitness this week.
If he is ruled out of the match against the 'Canes, he will join a casualty ward which already includes Jerome Kaino (gone for the season), Isaia Toeava, Anthony Boric and David Raikuna.
Luke Braid faces the possibility of joining the suspended Rene Ranger following his hit on Stormers player Nizaam Carr.
It’s easy to understand why Lam is a little anxious.
“We've just got to tidy our game up, get back and re-group,” he says.
“It's just a case of attitude and recovery and get on with it – it's a big game on Friday back at home against the Hurricanes who are going well.”« Back to Articles
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