'Hopefully that gives us a bit of momentum' - Matt Duffie stoked for young Blues after Brisbane 10s win

Blues winger Matt Duffie says while the gameplans used at this year's Brisbane 10s tournament probably won't make the cut for the upcoming Super Rugby season, the positivity and comradery the tournament generated amongst the team will.

Duffie, who didn't compete at the tournament, told TVNZ1's Breakfast this morning that winning the tournament was a big deal for the Auckland-based franchise.

"When I jumped on board a couple of years ago, we weren't going that great," Duffie said.

"I think we're going in the right direction... the boys went over to the 10s and did well so hopefully that gives us a bit of momentum for the season.

"Last year, I went over to the 10s and played three games and we didn't make finals!"

The Blues start their season with a bye before facing the Highlanders at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin to start the second round on Friday 23 February.

Duffie said while the strategies used in Brisbane probably won't help this season, the vibe the winning start has generated will. Source: Breakfast


Watch: Rowdy Blues fill changing sheds with burly rendition of 'Sweet Caroline' after winning Brisbane Tens

The Blues continued their celebrations after leaving the pitch with the Brisbane Tens trophy in hand, opting to fill the Suncorp Stadium changing sheds with their joyous singing.

The Auckland-based Super Rugby franchise won the second Tens event on Saturday evening after they beat the Hurricanes 10-7 thanks to a last-gasp try by star midfielder George Moala.

After accepting the title on the field, the Blues players retired to the changing sheds where they continued their celebrations with a rendition of Neil Diamond's 1969 classic, Sweet Caroline.

The Blues were undefeated at the tournament, beating the Queensland Reds, Melbourne Rebels and Panasonic Wild Knights in pool play before beating the Reds again in the semi-finals.



'It's news to me' - Tana Umaga shoots down Tuivasa-Sheck rumours

If Warriors captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck does make the switch to rugby union, it appears he won't be joining the Blues, with coach Tana Umaga playing down notions of signing the star fullback.

With Tuivasa-Sheck's current deal with the Warriors to expire at the end of 2018, speculation has been rife as to the superstar's next move, with a switch to rugby union just one mooted destination.

However, it appears Auckland-raised Tuivasa-Sheck will have to ply his trade with one of the other four New Zealand franchises, with the Blues appearing uninterested in his services.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, coach Tana Umaga said that there was nothing in place from his side to acquire Tuivasa-Sheck's signature.

"I've never talked to anyone (about him)," Umaga said.

"We have to put up with this in Auckland, everyone is meant to be coming to us.

"It's news to me."

Tuivasa-Sheck has also been linked with the likes of NRL sides the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Wests Tigers.

Roger Tuivasa Sheck makes a break: NRL rugby league, Warriors v Knights, Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, Sunday 5 March, 2017. Photo: Renee McKay / www.photosport.nz
Warriors fullback Roger Tuivasa Sheck makes a break against the Newcastle Knights. Source: Photosport