The Blues and the Rebels have only played each other twice in Super Rugby and they have won one match each.
The first match between the Blues and Rebels was played in North Harbour and the Blues won 40-23.
The second match was played in Melbourne and was won 34-23 by the Rebels. Both teams have therefore won their home matches against each other.
The average score between the teams is Blues 32 Rebels 29.
The Rebels had a bit of a troubled start to the season and were hammered by the Sharks in South Africa but have been a vastly improved team of late.
Two weeks ago the Rebels gave the Crusaders a fright in Christchurch but were unable to finish off the match while last week they pushed Super Rugby champions the Chiefs to the edge.
They have however lost their last three matches and have only managed two wins from 11 matches.
The Blues on the other hand made a statement last weekend against the Stormers in North Harbour. They have made a number of changes but they will be playing at home in Eden Park.
The Rebels have not had ideal preparations for this match as Kurtley Beale has been stood down again. He would no doubt have been in the starting line up.
Instead of naming Beale at fullback this week the Rebels have named Jason Woodward who started at fullback last weekend.
Player incidents like this can go either way. They can be a distraction for the rest of the players and sometimes they can pull a team together. We are expecting it to be a distraction.
Either way Beale will not be playing against the Blues and he is one of the Rebels best players so the Blues will benefit from his absence.
The Bookies have given the Rebels a 15 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. The Blues are second in the NZ Conference and they know they have to keep the pressure on the Chiefs and the chasing Crusaders. The Blues should win comfortably by 11.
This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 1/HD.
Average score: Blues 32 Rebels 29
Last two results
05 Apr 2012 Blues v Rebels 23-34 Melbourne
22 Apr 2011 Blues v Rebels 40-23 North Harbour
Blues overall record against the Rebels
Played 2 ,Wins 1, Losses 1, Draws 0
Match No.:79. Blues v Rebels
Date : Saturday 11 May
Venue : Eden Park, Auckland
Kick Off local: 19:35
Referee: Garratt Williamson
Assistant Ref 1:Jonathon White
Assistant Ref 2:Shane McDermott
TMO : Ben Skeen
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. Brendon O'Connor,6. Steven Luatua,5. Ali Williams (C),4. Anthony Boric,3. Angus Ta'avao,2. Quentin MacDonald,1. Tim Perry
Replacements :16. Gafatasi Su'a, 17. Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 18. Ronald Raaymakers, 19. Luke Braid, 20. Jamison Gibson-Park,21. Baden Kerr,22. Lolagi Visinia
1. Nic Henderson , 2. Shota Horie , 3. Laurie Weeks , 4. Hugh Pyle , 5. Cadeyrn Neville , 6. Jarrod Saffy , 7. Scott Fuglistaller , 8. Scott Higginbotham (c) , 9. Nick Phipps , 10. James O'Connor , 11. Cooper Vuna , 12. Lachie Mitchell , 13. Mitch Inman , 14. Tom English , 15. Jason Woodward
Replacements : 16. Ged Robinson , 17. Paul Alo-Emile , 18. Luke Jones , 19. Gareth Delve , 20. Nic Stirzaker , 21. Angus Roberts , 22. Bryce Hegarty