Blues v Hurricanes Super Rugby Preview

Out of the last five Super Rugby matches between the Auckland based Blues and
the Wellington based Hurricanes the Wellington side have won three and the Blues
two.

Three of the last five matches were played in Wellington so the Hurricanes
had more home advantage.

Overall the Blues have played the Hurricanes 22 times in Super Rugby since
1996 and the Blues have won 13 matches, lost eight and drawn one match.

Those 13 wins give the Blues a record of winning 59% of their matches against
the Hurricanes across all venues.

When the Blues play the Hurricanes the average score is : Blues 28 Hurricanes
24.

This weekend the match will be played in Auckland where the teams have played
each other 11 times. In those 11 matches the Blues have won 7 times and lost
4 times. There have been no draws in Auckland.

That gives the Blues a record of winning 64% of their matches at home against
the Hurricanes.

The average score when the Blues play the Hurricanes in Auckland is: Blues
27 Hurricanes 22.

The Blues have played 12 matches so far in 2014 and they have won 5 matches
and lost 7 matches. They have played six matches at home and won five and lost
one.

That gives the Blues a record of winning 83% of their matches at home in 2014.
The Blues are realistically out of the running for the play offs.

The Hurricanes on the other hand are very much in the play offs race and they
are currently in fifth place. The Hurricanes have played 13 matches so far in
2014 and they have won 7 matches.

Away from home the Hurricanes have played six matches and won two. That gives
the Hurricanes a record of winning 33% of their away matches in 2014.

In terms of selection the Blues have given Ihaia West his first Super Rugby
start. George Moala is named on the left wing ahead of Tevita Li who has been
stood down for a breach of internal team protocols, while veteran halfback Piri
Weepu has overcome a groin strain to be named on the bench.

Meanwhile the Hurricanes have named first five-eighth Beauden Barrett to play
his 50th Super Rugby match. Matt Proctor will start at fullback in place of
Andre Taylor, while Ben Franks’ groin injury is still being monitored.

Replacement hookers Ash Dixon and Motu Matu’u are also both in question. Reggie
Goodes is the first choice to cover the possibility of both Franks and the hookers
being unavailable, with Mike Kainga and Brendon Edmonds named as back up if
required.

The Bookies
have given the Blues a 2 point start for this Match
– with an
offer of a FREE $250.00 Bet.
The Blues have struggled this
season for various reasons and they are now playing for pride. The Hurricanes
have everything to play for and they are one of the current form teams. The
Hurricanes should edge this one by three points.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in
the UK on Sky Sports 4/HD.

Average score: Blues 28 Hurricanes 24

Last five results
18 Apr 2014 Blues v Hurricanes 20-39 Wellington
13 Apr 2013 Blues v Hurricanes 28-6 Auckland
23 Feb 2013 Blues v Hurricanes 34-20 Wellington
04 May 2012 Blues v Hurricanes 19-35 Wellington
23 Mar 2012 Blues v Hurricanes 25-26 Auckland

Blues overall record against the Hurricanes
Played 22 , Wins 13 , Losses 8, Draws 1

Match No. 98: Blues v Hurricanes
Date :Saturday 31 May
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