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Waratahs v Blues Super Rugby Preview

Lachie Turner on the break for the Waratahs in their last match (2011)

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Article Published: Thursday 21 March 2013|

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

Crucially though the Blues have won the last two matches and the Waratahs have not beaten the Blues since 2010..

The Waratahs have played the Blues 17 times since they first started playing each other in 1996 and the Waratahs have only won 6 times.

Those six victories over the Blues translate to the Waratahs winning just 35% of their matches.

On average when the Waratahs play the Blues the score is Waratahs 25 Blues 28.

This weekend the Waratahs will play the Blues in Sydney where the teams have met 8 times before. In those eight matches the Waratahs have won 5 and lost three times.

That translates to the Waratahs winning 63% of their home matches against the Blues in Sydney.

The interesting stat is that the Waratahs have won their last four matches against the Blues in Sydney as the Blues have not won there since 2003.

In Sydney when the Waratahs play the Blues the average score is Waratahs 30 Blues 23.

Both teams will go into the match on the back of a loss. The Blues had a bye last week and their last match was against the Bulls on Sunday the 10th of March - two weeks ago.

The Blues were the early pace-setters but then they made huge changes to the team and lost.

The Waratahs on the other hand suffered their third straight loss to the Cheetahs in a match that they didn't look interested in playing.

Even though the Blues have not won in Sydney for 10 years the Waratahs have shown us little to make us think they are a better team than the Blues.

At the time of writing neither team had released their team line ups but we don't expect too may big surprises.

The Bookies have given the Waratahs a 3 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. We think the Blues Sydney drought will end this weekend. The Blues to win by 3.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA but no broadcast in the UK.

Average score: Waratahs 25 Blues 28

Last five results
24 Jun 2011 (Play Off) Waratahs v Blues 13-26 Auckland
16 Apr 2011 Waratahs v Blues 17-31 Auckland
27 Mar 2010 Waratahs v Blues 39-32 Sydney
27 Mar 2009 Waratahs v Blues 27-22 Auckland
05 Apr 2008 Waratahs v Blues 37-16 Sydney

Waratahs overall record against the Blues
Played 17,
Wins, 6, Losses 11, Draws 0

Match No.35:Waratahs v Blues
Date : Sunday 24 March
Venue : Allianz Stadium, Sydney
Kick Off local: 16:05
Referee: Francisco Pastrana
Assistant Ref 1:Steve Walsh
Assistant Ref 2:Will Houston
TMO : Peter Marshall



1. Benn Robinson 2. John Ulugia 3. Paddy Ryan 4. Sitaleki Timani 5. Kane Douglas 6. Dave Dennis (c) 7. Michael Hooper 8. Pat McCutcheon 9. Brendan McKibbin 10. Bernard Foley 11. Drew Mitchell 12. Rob Horne 13. Adam Ashley-Cooper 14. Peter Betham 15. Israel Folau

Replacements 16. Luke Holmes 17. Sekope Kepu 18. Mitchell Chapman 19. Jed Holloway 20. Matt Lucas 21. Ben Volavola 22. Tom Kingston


15. Charles Piutau,14. Frank Halai,13. Rene Ranger,12. Francis Saili,11. George Moala,10. Chris Noakes,9. Piri Weepu,8. Peter Saili,7. Luke Braid,6. Steven Luatua,5. Ali Williams (C),4. Culum Retallick,3. Charlie Faumuina,2. James Parsons,1. Tom McCartney,Reserves

Replacements :16. Quentin MacDonald,17. Angus Ta'avao,18. Anthony Boric,19. Brendon O'Connor,20. Jamison Gibson-Park,21. Baden Kerr,22. Jackson Willison

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