Super Rugby 2020: Blues brace for physical challenge against unbeaten Stormers

It's been a happy first week in South Africa for the Blues after scoring a last-minute win against the Bulls in Pretoria.

In what was a much-needed win, first-five Otere Black landed an 80th-minute penalty to get them home 23-21 on Sunday morning (NZ time), after earlier tries from Mark Telea, Tom Robinson and Stephen Perofeta.

It's a big confidence boost after only winning one of their first three games. Coach Leon MacDonald praised his side for staying in the fight amid tricky weather conditions.

"We're obviously very pleased," he said. "I thought we showed a lot of fight right through until the end.

"We managed to get the play that counted, which was the last one, so really pleased."

There are some concerns about hooker James Parsons who sustained a shoulder injury. He will receive scans on Sunday morning (local time).

Blues lock Jacob Pierce.
Blues lock Jacob Pierce. Photo credit: AAP

Next weekend, the Blues face the South African conference leaders and undefeated Stormers, who earlier beat the Jaguares in Cape Town. 

"Coming up against a good Stormers side - they're always physical," captain Patrick Tuipulotu said in a post-match interview with South Africa's SuperSport. "We have to match that physicality and get around the park as well.

"It will be a tough match but we're looking forward to that."

Tuipulotu said they were happy to grind out a tough win against the Bulls.

"Coming to Loftus with a Bulls side against the wall - they pretty much fought right until the end.

"We had to work hard for it and I'm pretty pleased."

Tuipulotu told SuperSport he felt his side showed plenty of character to claim their second win on the road.

"The group of men we have here - we're hard workers and there's a good mix in amongst that group."