Blues can beat Hurricanes says Ali Williams

DAVID LONG
Last updated 11:48 04/05/2012
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The week has gone well and all the Blues need to beat the Hurricanes tonight is a bit of luck, according to Ali Williams.

They may not have had a win for the past eight weeks, but there is a surprisingly high level of optimism in the Blues camp this week.

When they lost 25-26 to the Hurricanes in March it was because of a last minute try by Conrad Smith and while they're rooted to the bottom of the points table it's fair to say they haven't had the best of luck with injuries, refereeing decisions or the bounce of the ball.

Williams says it's about time a bit of luck started going their way and if it does they can finally grab that elusive second win.

''If we can get a bit of luck that helps, but to get luck you've got to do things right during the week, which I think we've done,'' Williams said.

''We've had a pretty good week and now it's about putting the icing on the cake in terms of making sure all of the little things are ticked off and then we have to go out there with the right attitude.''

Despite losing to the Sharks and Highlanders in recent weeks, it did look as if the Blues were building towards a win, but the abysmal start against the Reds last Friday ruined any chance of that happening as poor tactics, poor handling and poor decisions enabled the

Reds to keep them at arm's length.

''It wasn't that big a step back, but the start was so disappointing,'' said Williams.

''They walked in two tries without us getting a hand on them. It's simple stuff too.

''Why is it happening? We're putting it down to maybe people being confused and thinking about the result rather than the process.

''If you think about the win you're probably not going to get it, but if you think about playing well a win is the by-product of it.''

Critics of Williams have suggested his form has been bad this year and he admits he didn't start the campaign off well. But he feels he's been improving in recent weeks and regardless of what anyone says, Williams will be picked in the All Blacks squad for the Ireland tests.

''My game is definitely building and I'm getting back into the swing of things. the last four games have been good,'' he said.

''Does it look as well as some of the other guys who've been playing around? Well it never is when you're on a losing side.

''There is a bit of both there, you get yourself right individually right, but you care about the team and you need to do what's best for them too.

''I've made it no secret that I'd love to be playing for the All Blacks and I'd love to be selected for them again. It's another part of the I can right.

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''If it happens it's brilliant and by no means am I chucking that side of it in. People are always going to comment on me, good or bad.''

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