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Article Published: Thursday 5 July 2012






The last time the Blues and the Force played each other was in Perth last year and they could not be separated so drew 22 all.

The Blues and the Force have played each other 6 times in Super Rugby and the Blues have won 4 , lost 1 and drawn one.

That translates to the Blues winning 68 % of their Super Rugby matches against the Force.

On average when the two teams play each other the Blues score 29 points and the Force score 17 points.

The Blues have played the Force in Auckland twice and in North Harbour once. The Blues lost the North Harbour fixture in 2008so they have won 68  % of their matches through 2 wins and one loss.

In Auckland/North Harbour when the Blues play the Force on average the score 31 points and the Force score 17 points.

The end of the Super Rugby season can't come soon enough for both of these teams as the Blues have already been confirmed as the wooden spooners (last place) in the New Zealand Conference and the Force lost their head coach mid season and have been stumbling along since.

The Force will be without their inspirational captain David Pocock who is also the acting Wallabies captain which is a blow for the men from Perth.

In contrast the blues have been able to name their regular captain Keven Mealamu for the first time since Round eight. Elsewhere the Blues have been hit by injuries though and they have had to draft in three players from outside his squad to provide cover.

The Bookies have given the Force a 16 point start for this match - with an offer of Bet 5 and Get 50 in Bets. The Bookies seem to have gone quite strong on this one. We think it will be closer but home advantage will pay off in the end. The Blues should win by 9.

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

Average score: Blues 29 Force 17

Last five results
12 Mar 2011 Blues v Force 22-22 Perth
17 Apr 2010 Blues v Force 38-17 Auckland
13 Feb 2009 Blues v Force 25-19 Perth
15 Mar 2008 Blues v Force 17-27 North Harbour
04 May 2007 Blues v Force 33-6 Perth

Blues overall record against the Force
Played 6 , Wins 4 , Losses 1 , Draws 1

Match No.109.:Blues v Force
Date Saturday 7 July
Venue : Auckland
Kick Off local: 19:35 local, 7:35 GMT, 19:35 NZT, 17:35 NSW/ACT, 9:35 SAT
Referee: Andrew Lees
Assistant Ref 1:Glen Jackson
Assistant Ref 2:Sheldon Eden-Whaitiri
TMO : Ben Skeen

Teams

Blues

1. Tony Woodcock, 2. Keven Mealamu, 3. Tevita Mailau, 4. Liaki Moli, 5. Andrew Van der Heijden, 6. Steven Luatua, 7. Daniel Braid, 8. Luke Braid, 9. Piri Weepu, 10. Michael Hobbs, 11. Rene Ranger, 12. Ma’a Nonu, 13. Francis Saili, 14. Lachie Munro, 15. Charles Piutau.

Replacements: 16. Tom McCartney, 17. Angus Ta’avao, 18. Chris Lowrey, 19. Peter Saili, 20. Alby Mathewson, 21. Orene Ai'i, 22. Hadleigh Parkes.

Western Force

1. Pek Cowan, 2. Nathan Charles, 3. Salesi Manu, 4. Toby Lynn, 5. Nathan Sharpe (c), 6. Richard Brown, 7. Angus Cottrell, 8. Lachlan McCaffery, 9. Brett Sheehan, 10. Ben Seymour, 11. Napolioni Nalaga, 12. Winston Stanley, 13. Will Tupou, 14. Nick Cummins, 15. Alfie Mafi.

Reserves: 16. Ben Whittaker, 17. Ruan Smith, 18. Ollie Atkins, 19. Anare Koliavu, 20. Josh Holmes, 21. Kyle Godwin, 22. Patrick Dellit

 
 
 
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