There would have been little sleep for Blues head coach Pat Lam and his troops as they flew to South Africa from Sydney yesterday pondering a disastrous start to their 2012 campaign.
Following a narrow one point loss to the Crusaders in round one, The Blues were out-passioned by the Chiefs 14-29 in Hamilton on Friday night and now face the daunting challenge of taking on South Africa’s two best sides, the Bulls and Stormers, on their home turf.
But head coach Pat Lam doesn’t see it as daunting; rather a challenge for his side and a test of their resolve and character.
“It’s not daunting; it’s a challenge for us as a group and as a team,” Lam said.
“It’s not obviously not a good start but it’s not how you start, it’s how you come back that makes the difference. At the end of the day we’ve got two losses, we’re not happy about it as a team and now it’s a good test of our resolve.”
Lam paid credit to the Chiefs but rued fundamental errors as the reason for his side’s downfall.
“The Chiefs played well, they deserved the win. They were outstanding tonight and well done to them. For us we need to regroup, get away to Africa and obviously take the lesson and move on,” he said.
“It’s plain for everyone to see (what went wrong). We didn’t control the ball and we paid the price. The Chiefs scored some good tries and put us under good pressure. There are things there that we need to sort out and it’s now time to show the character of the team. We’re getting away now and there’s a chance for us to do that.
“The bottom line is we win as a team and we lose as a team and now we face a mighty challenge and a real test of character.”
The Blues arrived in Johannesburg this morning and will take on the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld on Sunday morning (6.10am NZT).