26 Apr 2014

All Blacks hopeful Kaino impresses

11:11 am on 26 April 2014

The loose forward Jerome Kaino sent All Blacks coach Steve Hansen a clear message he was returning to his best form as he helped the Blues to a 21-13 win over the New South Wales Waratahs in their Super Rugby match in Auckland on Friday night.

Kaino, who has returned to New Zealand after two seasons in Japan and was one of the players of the 2011 World Cup, made several storming runs and bone-crunching tackles for the Blues, who scored tries to Lolagi Visinia and Francis Saili while No.10 Simon Hickey added 11 points with the boot.

The Waratahs loose forward Jacques Potgieter's impressive physical performance was rewarded with a try, while first five Bernard Foley added a conversion and two penalties.

The Waratahs' impressive attacking axis was snuffed out by the Blues' defence, while the visitors also made too many handling errors at crucial times.