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Out of the last five Super Rugby matches between the Crusaders and the Blues
the Canterbury based Crusaders have won three and lost two.

Overall the Crusaders have played the Blues 24 times since 1996 and the seven
time champion Crusaders have won 13 matches and lost 11.

That gives the Crusaders a record of winning 54% of their matches against Blues.
The average score between the Crusaders and the Blues across all venues is :
Crusaders 25 Blues 23.

This weekend the match will be played in Christchurch which is home to the
Crusaders and where the teams have met on 10 occasions. The Crusaders have had
home advantage over the Blues on 11 occasions as they moved a match in 2011
to Timaru and won 23-16.

The Crusaders therefore have had home advantage over the Blues 11 times and
they have won 8 matches and lost 3 matches. That gives the Crusaders a record
of winning 73% of their home matches against the Blues.

The average score when the Crusaders play the Blues at home is : Crusaders
31 Blues 21.

The Crusaders have played 14 matches so far this season and they have won 9
and lost five. They have played 6 matches at home and won just three which gives
them a record of winning 50% of their home matches.

The Blues on the other hand have played 14 matches as well and 7 of those have
been away from home. Out of the seven away match last week’s victory over the
Force was their first so they have only won 14% of their away matches.

Out of the Crusaders last nine matches they have won 7 and lost two. Last week
was one of their losses as they fell 16-9 to the Hurricanes in Wellington.

Out of the Blues last nine matches they have won five. Interestingly since
the third round the Blues have alternated winning back to back matches and losing
back to back matches. Last week’s match was their second from the last two so
if the trend continue they will lose the next two. The Blues have not won three
matches in a row in one season since 2011.

Earlier this season the Blues hosted the Crusaders and the Blues won the match
35-24 in Auckland.

The Crusaders still top the New Zealand Conference and could possibly afford
to lose a match and still make the play offs while the Blues are in 8th place
overall and cannot afford another loss. The pressure is therefore on the Blues

The Bookies
have given the Blues an 8 point start for this Match
– with an
offer of a FREE $250.00 Bet.
The Blues went almost two years
without winning away from home. The possibility of them winning back to back
away matches given their history seems too improbable. The Crusaders
should win this by 7.

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

Average score: Crusaders 25 Blues 23

Last five results
28 Feb 2014 Crusaders v Blues 24-35 Auckland
18 May 2013 Crusaders v Blues 23-3 Christchurch
01 Mar 2013 Crusaders v Blues 15-34 Auckland
19 May 2012 Crusaders v Blues 59-12 Christchurch
24 Feb 2012 Crusaders v Blues 19-18 Auckland

Crusaders overall record against the Blues
Played 24, Wins 13 , Losses 11, Draws 0

Match No. 109: Crusaders v Blues
Date :Saturday 5 July
Venue : AMI Stadium
Kick Off local: 19:35
Referee: Glen Jackson
Assistant Ref 1: Garratt Williamson
Assistant Ref 2: Mike Lash
TMO:Vinny Munro



1. Wyatt Crockett ,2. Ben Funnell, 3. Owen Franks, 4. Dominic Bird ,5. Samuel
Whitelock ,6. Jordan Taufua, 7. Matt Todd ,8. Kieran Read (C) ,9. Andy Ellis
, 10.Colin Slade , 11.Nemani Nadolo , 12.Dan Carter ,13.Ryan Crotty (VC) ,14.Kieron
Fonotia , 15.Israel Dagg

Replacements : 16. Corey Flynn, 17. Joe Moody, 18. Nepo Laulala, 19. Jimmy
Tupou, 20. Luke Whitelock, 21. Willi Heinz, 22. Tom Taylor, 23. Johnny McNicholl


15. Lolagi Visinia ,14. Frank Halai,13. Pita Ahki,12. Ma’a Nonu,11. Charles
Piutau,10. Ihaia West,9. Bryn Hall,8. Jerome Kaino,7. Luke Braid (C),6. Steven
Luatua,5. Tom Donnelly,4. Patrick Tuipulotu,3. Charlie Faumuina,2. Keven Mealamu,1.
Tony Woodcock

Replacements : 16. James Parsons,17. Ofa Tu’ungafasi,18. Sam Prattley,19. Hayden
Triggs,20. Peter Saili,21. Jamison Gibson-Park,22. Francis Saili,23. George

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