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Brumbies v Blues Super Rugby Preview

Rene Ranger tries to evade Matt Giteau when the Brumbies last played the Blues

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Article Published: Thursday 12 July 2012|

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The Brumbies and the Blues have not played each other since March 2010 in the Super 14 as the draw last year caused them to miss each other.

The last match between the teams was won 39-34 by the Blues in Auckland but much has changed since 2010.

The Blues and the Brumbies have played each other 17 times and the Brumbies have only won 7 times since 1996. That means the Brumbies have won 41% of their matches against the Blues.

The average score when the Brumbies play the Blues is Brumbies 24 Blues 25.

The Brumbies have played the Blues in Canberra seven times and surprisingly the Blues don't have too bad of a record as they have won three times or 43% of their matches in the Australian Capital.

However some of the Brumbies victories over the Blues have been big ones so the average score when the Brumbies play the Blues in Canberra is Brumbies 32 and Blues 23.

The Brumbies have the opportunity to reach the Super Rugby play offs for the first time since 2004 when they lost 38-47 to the Crusaders in Canberra. The Reds can overtake them in the Australian conference so they will have to keep on their toes.

However even if the Brumbies lose but take one bonus point from the match they will finish as Australian Conference winners and that will secure them a place in the play offs.

The Blues are already out of contention for the Super Rugby play offs and they are guaranteed to finish last in the new Zealand Conference so they will only be playing for pride.

The Bookies have given the Blues an 8 point start for this match - with an offer of Bet 5 and Get 50 in Bets. The Brumbies want to make Canberra a fortress again and this year they have won 71 % of their matches at home in 2012. The Brumbies should win this by 9.

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

Average score: Brumbies 24 Blues 25

Last five results
19 Mar 2010 Brumbies v Blues 34-39 Auckland
09 May 2009 Brumbies v Blues 37-15 Canberra
12 Apr 2008 Brumbies v Blues 16-11 Auckland
10 Feb 2007 Brumbies v Blues 15-17 Canberra
18 Mar 2006 Brumbies v Blues 15-26 Auckland

Brumbies overall record against the Blues
Played 17, Wins 7 , Losses 10, Draws 0

Match No.115 : Brumbies v Blues
Date Saturday 14 July
Venue : Canberra
Kick Off local: 15:30
Referee: Jonathon White
Assistant Ref 1:Ian Smith
Assistant Ref 2:Julian Pritchard
TMO : Matt Goddard

Teams

Brumbies

1. Ben Alexander, 2. Stephen Moore, 3. Dan Palmer, 4. Scott Fardy, 5. Sam Carter, 6. Peter Kimlin, 7. Michael Hooper, 8. Ben Mowen (c), 9. Nic White, 10. Zack Holmes, 11. Joe Tomane, 12. Pat McCabe, 13. Andrew Smith, 14. Henry Speight, 15. Jesse Mogg.

Replacements: 16. Anthony Hegarty, 17. Ruaidhri Murphy, 18. Leon Power, 19. Fotu Auelua, 20. Ian Prior, 21. Tevita Kuridrani, 22. Robbie Coleman.

Blues

1. Tony Woodcock , 2. Keven Mealamu (c) , 3. Charlie Faumuina , 4. Liaki Moli , 5. Steven Luatua , 6. Chris Lowrey , 7. Daniel Braid , 8. Luke Braid , 9. Piri Weepu , 10. Michael Hobbs , 11. Hadleigh Parkes , 12. Ma'a Nonu , 13. Francis Saili , 14. Lachie Munro , 15. Charles Piutau

16. Tom McCartney , 17. Tevita Mailau , 18. Andrew Van der Heijden , 19. Peter Saili , 20. Alby Mathewson , 21. Orene Ai'i , 22. Sherwin Stowers

 
 
 
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