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Blues v Sharks Super Rugby preview

Rene Ranger tries to find a way through the Sharks

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Article Published: Thursday 12 April 2012






The last seven matches between the Blues and the Sharks have all been won by the Sharks as the Blues last beat the Sharks in April 2005.

That awful record means that the Blues went through the whole life of the Super 14 without beating the Sharks once.

It should however be noted that by the luck of the draw the Sharks had home advantage in five of those seven matches.

Overall the Blues and the Sharks have played each other 15 times and the Blues have won just four times. That means that the Blues have lost 73.3% of their matches against the Sharks.

In Auckland its not a lot better for the Blues as they have played the Sharks 6 times and lost four times which is a 66% loss percentage.

On average the score between the teams is Blues 21 Sharks 25 but in Auckland it is a level 25 all 25.

Both teams will go into the match of embarrassing losses as the Blues lost to the Rebels and the Sharks lost to the Hurricanes.

The Sharks have had a bit of a mixed weekend as they have playmaker Patrick Lambie back but they have also lost Bismarck du Plessis.

The big news this week surrounding the two teams has been from the Blues camp and the racist attacks they have subjected to.

The Blues have apparently had visits from All Blacks Michael Jones, Eroni Clarke, Ofisa Tonu'u and Andrew Blowers to show their support for Lam and the team.

Emotion is a funny thing. It can work wonders with a team and also have the opposite effect. Given all that has happened the Bookies have backed the Blues to end their losing streak.

The Bookies have given the Sharks a 2 point start for this match - with an offer of Bet 5 and Get 50 in Bets. We think that the Sharks will be desperate to get back to winning ways so we are going against the Bookies. Sharks to sneak it by 1 point.

This match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on the Sky Sports website.

Average score: Blues 21 Sharks 25

Last five results
26 Feb 2011 Blues v Sharks 12-26 Durban
24 Apr 2010 Blues v Sharks 10-23 Durban
07 Mar 2009 Blues v Sharks 31-35 Auckland
08 Mar 2008 Blues v Sharks 17-22 Durban
12 May 2007(Semi) Blues v Sharks 18-34 Durban

Blues overall record against the Sharks
Played 15 , Wins 4, Losses 11 , Draws 0

Match No .49: Blues v Sharks
Date Friday 13 April
Venue : Auckland
Kick Off local: 19:35
Referee: Steve Walsh
Assistant Ref 1: Jonathon White
Assistant Ref 2: Nick Briant
TMO:Bryce Lawrence

Teams

Blues

1. Tony Woodcock 2. Keven Mealamu (C) 3. Charlie Faumuina 4. Liaki Moli 5. Filo Paulo 6. Luke Braid 7. Dan Braid 8. Chris Lowrey 9. Alby Mathewson 10. Gareth Anscombe 11. Rene Ranger 12. Maa Nonu 13. Benson Stanley 14. Hadleigh Parkes 15. Rudi Wulf

16. Tom McCartney 17. Tevita Mailau 18. Ali Williams 19. Peter Saili 20. Piri Weepu 21. Michael Hobbs 22. George Moala

Sharks

1. Dale Chadwick , 2. Craig Burden , 3. Jannie du Plessis , 4. Steven Sykes , 5. Anton Bresler , 6. Marcell Coetzee , 7. Jean Deysel , 8. Keegan Daniel (Captain) , 9. Charl McLeod , 10. Patrick Lambie , 11. Lwazi Mvovo , 12. Tim Whitehead , 13. JP Pietersen , 14. Louis Ludik , 15. Riaan Viljoen

Replacements:16. Kyle Cooper , 17. Wiehahn Herbst , 18. Jandre Marais , 19. Willem Albert , 20. Jacques Botes , 21. Meyer Bosman , 22. Frederic Michalak

 
 
 
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