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Super Rugby moves to Queensland in the third match on Saturday as the Reds host Auckland’s Blues at Suncorp Stadium.

The Reds are having a difficult season. They have played three matches and lost all three so far. They have also lost a coach in Richard Graham and earlier this week prop Ben Daley was ruled out for four months.

These teams missed each other in the draw last year so the last time they played was in 2014.

The Blues enjoyed the perfect start to their Super Rugby season by beating the Champion Highlanders but they have now slumped to back to back victories with losses to the Crusaders and Hurricanes.

The Reds have made one change to their side for this week. Daley’s injury opens the door for Brisbane City prop Pettowa Paraka come into the match-day 23 for the first time this year.

The Blues have made two changes to their side for this match and Patrick Tuipulotu to start at lock with Stephen Luatua moving back to No 8 and Akira Ioane to the bench. All Blacks Sevens teenager Rieko Ioane has won him his first Super Rugby start on the right wing as Rene Ranger is rested.

Twenty-nine-year-old Bekhuis will become the 46th New Zealand player to chalk up 100 Super Rugby caps and the 11th player who has played for the Blues to reach the milestone.

In his 18th game for the Blues (82 for the Highlanders) he becomes just the fifth Kiwi player to reach the honour of 100 caps in Super Rugby and 100 caps in the national provincial competition.

The Reds have played the Blues 20 times in Super Rugby since 1996 and the Reds have won 10 matches and lost 9. There has been one draw.

In Brisbane the Reds have hosted the Blues 11 times and they have won 11 matches and lost three. The average score when the Reds play the Blues in Brisbane is Reds 25 Blues 26.

The Bookies have given the Reds a 6 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to £200 in Bonus bets. The Blues were not far off last but at this stage it looks like it could be a long season for the Reds. The Blues should win this by 5.

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

Average score: Reds 25 Blues 26

Last five results
02 May 2014 Reds v Blues 14-44 Auckland
26 Apr 2013 Reds v Blues 12-11 Brisbane
27 Apr 2012 Reds v Blues 23-11 Auckland
02 Jul 2011 Semi Reds v Blues 30-13 Brisbane
13 May 2011 Reds v Blues 37-31 Brisbane

Reds overall record against the Blues
Played 20 , Wins 10 , Losses 9 , Draws 1

Match No.30:Reds v Blues
Date : Saturday 19 March 2016
Venue : Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Kick Off local: 18:45 local
Referee: Andrew Lees
Assistant Ref 1:Nic Berry
Assistant Ref 2:Jordan Way
TMO :Damien Mitchelmore

Teams

Reds

1. Sef Fa’agase , 2. Andrew Ready , 3. Greg Holmes , 4. Cadeyrn Neville , 5. Rob Simmons (C) , 6. Hendrik Tui , 7. Waita Setu , 8. Jake Schatz , 9. Nick Frisby , 10. Jake McIntyre , 11. Eto Nabuli , 12. Anthony Fainga’a , 13. Samu Kerevi , 14. Chris Feauai-Sautia , 15. Karmichael Hunt

Replacements : 16. Matt Mafi , 17. Pettowa Paraka , 18. Sam Talakai , 19. Ben Matwijow , 20. Curtis Browning , 21. Scott Gale , 22. Sam Greene , 23. Ayumu Goromaru

Blues

Ofa Tu’ungafasi, James Parsons, Charlie Faumuina, Patrick Tuipulotu, Josh Bekhuis, Jerome Kaino (c), Blake Gibson, Steven Luatua; Bryn Hall, Ihaia West, Tevita Li, George Moala, Male Sa’u, Rieko Ioane, Lolagi Visinia.

Replacements: Quentin MacDonald, Nic Mayhew, Sione Mafileo, Hoani Matenga, Kara Pryor, Akira Ioane, Billy Guyton, Matt McGahan.

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