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Article Published: Thursday 3 July 2014|

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Out of the last five Super Rugby matches between the Crusaders and the Blues the Canterbury based Crusaders have won three and lost two.

Overall the Crusaders have played the Blues 24 times since 1996 and the seven time champion Crusaders have won 13 matches and lost 11.

That gives the Crusaders a record of winning 54% of their matches against Blues. The average score between the Crusaders and the Blues across all venues is : Crusaders 25 Blues 23.

This weekend the match will be played in Christchurch which is home to the Crusaders and where the teams have met on 10 occasions. The Crusaders have had home advantage over the Blues on 11 occasions as they moved a match in 2011 to Timaru and won 23-16.

The Crusaders therefore have had home advantage over the Blues 11 times and they have won 8 matches and lost 3 matches. That gives the Crusaders a record of winning 73% of their home matches against the Blues.

The average score when the Crusaders play the Blues at home is : Crusaders 31 Blues 21.

The Crusaders have played 14 matches so far this season and they have won 9 and lost five. They have played 6 matches at home and won just three which gives them a record of winning 50% of their home matches.

The Blues on the other hand have played 14 matches as well and 7 of those have been away from home. Out of the seven away match last week's victory over the Force was their first so they have only won 14% of their away matches.

Out of the Crusaders last nine matches they have won 7 and lost two. Last week was one of their losses as they fell 16-9 to the Hurricanes in Wellington.

Out of the Blues last nine matches they have won five. Interestingly since the third round the Blues have alternated winning back to back matches and losing back to back matches. Last week's match was their second from the last two so if the trend continue they will lose the next two. The Blues have not won three matches in a row in one season since 2011.

Earlier this season the Blues hosted the Crusaders and the Blues won the match 35-24 in Auckland.

The Crusaders still top the New Zealand Conference and could possibly afford to lose a match and still make the play offs while the Blues are in 8th place overall and cannot afford another loss. The pressure is therefore on the Blues

The Bookies have given the Blues an 8 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $250.00 Bet. The Blues went almost two years without winning away from home. The possibility of them winning back to back away matches given their history seems too improbable. The Crusaders should win this by 7.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 3/HD on the Red Button.

Average score: Crusaders 25 Blues 23

Last five results
28 Feb 2014 Crusaders v Blues 24-35 Auckland
18 May 2013 Crusaders v Blues 23-3 Christchurch
01 Mar 2013 Crusaders v Blues 15-34 Auckland
19 May 2012 Crusaders v Blues 59-12 Christchurch
24 Feb 2012 Crusaders v Blues 19-18 Auckland

Crusaders overall record against the Blues
Played 24, Wins 13 , Losses 11, Draws 0

Match No. 109: Crusaders v Blues
Date :Saturday 5 July
Venue : AMI Stadium
Kick Off local: 19:35
Referee: Glen Jackson
Assistant Ref 1: Garratt Williamson
Assistant Ref 2: Mike Lash
TMO:Vinny Munro

Teams

Crusaders

1. Wyatt Crockett ,2. Ben Funnell, 3. Owen Franks, 4. Dominic Bird ,5. Samuel Whitelock ,6. Jordan Taufua, 7. Matt Todd ,8. Kieran Read (C) ,9. Andy Ellis , 10.Colin Slade , 11.Nemani Nadolo , 12.Dan Carter ,13.Ryan Crotty (VC) ,14.Kieron Fonotia , 15.Israel Dagg

Replacements : 16. Corey Flynn, 17. Joe Moody, 18. Nepo Laulala, 19. Jimmy Tupou, 20. Luke Whitelock, 21. Willi Heinz, 22. Tom Taylor, 23. Johnny McNicholl

Blues

15. Lolagi Visinia ,14. Frank Halai,13. Pita Ahki,12. Ma'a Nonu,11. Charles Piutau,10. Ihaia West,9. Bryn Hall,8. Jerome Kaino,7. Luke Braid (C),6. Steven Luatua,5. Tom Donnelly,4. Patrick Tuipulotu,3. Charlie Faumuina,2. Keven Mealamu,1. Tony Woodcock

Replacements : 16. James Parsons,17. Ofa Tu'ungafasi,18. Sam Prattley,19. Hayden Triggs,20. Peter Saili,21. Jamison Gibson-Park,22. Francis Saili,23. George Moala

 
 
 
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