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Blues lift gloom with win

AT last, long last, the Blues can look down on a team below them on the Super Rugby ladder.

It didn't come soon enough to save Pat Lam his job as coach - it was announced this week the position for 2013 will be advertised - but it lifts a little of the gloom around Eden Park.

Admittedly the win came against the Lions, the weakest of the South African sides and the franchise who now occupy the bottom rung on the ladder, but it was a win nonetheless and one of those hadn't come since the 29-23 defeat of the Bulls in Pretoria on March 11.

In truth, they should have won much more easily than they did. They dominated the opening half, spending 11 of the first 25 minutes camped inside the Lions' 22, but often muddled their way through.

Their first-half try was their best, when Michael Hobbs scored after a good scoot up the middle from Piri Weepu, but a rare highlight as the Blues made too many errors. They would push a forward pass 2m out from the Lions' line and with an overlap, spill the ball or concede a silly penalty.

Read more on the NZ Herald.