Super Rugby Pacific: Blues play down ruthless start to season despite tabletopping victory over Highlanders

The Blues delivered a statement performance to open their Super Rugby Pacific campaign, but they insist they're far from the finished product.

Last year's runners-up sent a message to their rivals with a 40-point demolition of the Highlanders, giving their tortured fans some hope this could be their year - but they're warning supporters to not get too carried away.

Make no mistake, the Blues are adamant they're yet to get into the swing of things. They insist the 60-20 trouncing of the Highlanders was more a par performance.

"You look at the score and stuff like that, and get carried away," said winger Mark Telea. "You think you can show up next week and throw the ball around, but you've just got to get back into our basics, our fundamentals."

The 40-point demolition papered over 25 missed tackles, 18 turnovers conceded and two yellow cards.

"They slowed a lot of our ball, particularly from the set-piece," said assistant coach Dan Halangahu. 

"We didn't launch as well as we'd have liked. That's one key area to keep working away at and then our discipline."

Past greats agree they're far from cooking in their bid for a first title in 20 years.

"These guys are professional," said former Blues and All Blacks lock Ali Williams. "It's what they do.

"They know how to judge their emotions, have their ups and downs and that sort of stuff. You just leave it to the professionals and watch like a good supporter.

"It's cool." 

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