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Blues vs Waratahs Super Rugby Preview

The last time the teams met Drew Mitchell was playing for the Waratahs

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Article Published: Thursday 24 April 2014|

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Out of the last five Super Rugby matches between the Blues and the Waratahs the Blues have won three and the Waratahs have won two.

Overall the Blues and Waratahs have met 18 times in Super Rugby since 1996 and the Blues have won 11 times and lost seven times. There have been no draws between the teams.

That gives the Blues a record of winning 61% of their matches against the Waratahs regardless of where the match was played.

The average score when the Blues play the Waratahs is : Blues 28 Waratahs 25

This weekend the match will be played in Auckland New Zealand which is home for the Blues. The teams have met 8 times in Auckland and on other other occasion the Blues moved a match to Albany - and won the match 22-20.

In the 8 matches that they Blues have played in Auckland they have won 7 times and lost once. The one and only Waratahs win in Auckland was in 2009 when the Waratahs won 22-27.

That record of winning 7 out of 8 matches at Eden Park gives the Blues a record of winning 87.5% of their home matches against the Waratahs.

The average score when the Blues play the Waratahs in Auckland is : Blues 34 Waratahs 21.

The Blues have had an interesting week since their loss in Wellington to the Hurricanes. The Benji Marshall experiment has ended - before it really go going and this story has dominated the headlines at the Auckland franchise.

In terms of selections the Blues have made changes to last week's line up with Peter Saili replacing Steven Luatua. In the backs Simon Hickey start at first five-eighths and Ma'a Nonu has bounced back from a tight calf to start at second five-eighths ahead of Jackson Willison.

Frank Halai has also been reinstated to the starting XV ahead of George Moala. It is worrying that coach John Kirwan still hasn't settled on who he wants to play at 10 and the lack of continuity must be hurting the Blues.

Last week the Blues were disappointing against the Hurricanes and it's starting to look like they have a real problem playing away from home. In 2014 the Blues have played three matches at home and they are unbeaten. The closest any team has come to beating them this season is a 10 point loss (Cheetahs lost 40-30).

The Waratahs meanwhile have retained the starting line up that beat the Bulls 19-12 and veteran Wycliff Palu has been named on the bench after missing the last two games.

The Waratahs started the match last week with a lightning fast try by Israel Folau. They never really looked like losing the match from that point on but as the match wore on the Bulls started to look more and more threatening.

The Blues have played eight matches so far this season and won just three matches. The Waratahs have the opposite number of results as after eight matches they have won five. The Waratahs have only won one match away from home so far and they have targeted this match as their second away.

The Bookies have given the Blues a 2 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $250.00 Bet. Despite their poor record in Auckland the Waratahs should be able to edge the Blues who have still not settled on a number of key selections. The Waratahs should edge this by 1.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 2/HD.

Average score: Blues 28 Waratahs 25

Last five results
23 Mar 2013 Blues v Waratahs 27-30 Sydney
24 Jun 2011 (Play off) Blues v Waratahs 26-13 Auckland
16 Apr 2011 Blues v Waratahs 31-17 Auckland
27 Mar 2010 Blues v Waratahs 32-39 Sydney
27 Mar 2009 Blues v Waratahs 22-27 Auckland

Blues overall record against the Waratahs
Played 18, Wins 11, Losses 7, Draws 0

Match No. 62: Blues v Waratahs
Date :Friday 25 April
Venue : Eden Park
Kick Off local: 17:35
Referee: Chris Pollock
Assistant Ref 1: Nick Briant
Assistant Ref 2: Mike Lash
TMO: Glenn Newman

Teams

Blues

15. Charles Piutau,14. Frank Halai,13. Francis Saili,12. Ma'a Nonu,11. Lolagi Visinia,10. Simon Hickey,9. Bryn Hall,8. Peter Saili,7. Luke Braid,6. Jerome Kaino,5. Tom Donnelly,4. Patrick Tuipulotu,3. Charlie Faumuina,2. Keven Mealamu,1. Tony Woodcock

Replacements :16. James Parsons,17. Sam Prattley,18. Angus Ta'avao,19. Hayden Triggs,20. Piri Weepu,21. Steven Luatua,22. Ihaia West,23. Pita Ahki

Waratahs

1. Benn Robinson , 2. Tatafu Polota Nau , 3. Sekope Kepu , 4.Will Skelton , 5. Kane Douglas , 6. Jacques Potgieter , 7. Michael Hooper , 8. Dave Dennis (c), 9. Nick Phipps , 10. Bernard Foley , 11. Rob Horne , 12. Kurtley Beale , 13. Adam Ashley-Cooper , 14. Cam Crawford , 15 Israel Folau .

Replacements (one to be omitted): 16. Tolu Latu , 17. Jeremy Tilse , 18. Paddy Ryan , 19. Pat McCutcheon , 20. Wycliff Palu , 21. Brendan McKibbin , 22 Jono Lance , 23. Matt Carraro 24. Stephen Hoiles .

 
 
 
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