Blues v Chiefs Super Rugby Preview

The first New Zealand Super Rugby derby is on the opening weekend when the Blues host former Champions the Chiefs in Albany

The Blues will be looking to make a positive start to the season and also to end a seven match losing streak to the Chiefs.

Overall the Blues have played the Chiefs 23 times in Super Rugby and they have won 10 matches and lost 13 matches with an average score of : Blues 22 Chiefs 25.

This gives the Blues a record of winning 44% of their matches against the Chiefs across all venues.

The Blues have had home advantage on 12 out of the 23 occassions and they have won five times and lost 7 times with an average score of : Blues 24 Chiefs 25.

This record gives the Blues a record of winning 42% of their home matches. The teams have met once before in North Harbour and this match was won 25-32 by the Chiefs.

Both teams have named teams filled with All Blacks but most eyes will be on the Chiefs midfield as Sonny Bill Williams makes his return to rugby union in this match.

In terms of selections the Blues have mostly familiar faces and the new faces are on the Chiefs team sheet as 7 players will be making their Chiefs debuts.

The Bookies have given the Chiefs a 1 point start for this Match – with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. We think the bookies have this one the wrong away around as we think the Chiefs should win this by 3.

This Super Rugby match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 3/HD.

Average score: Blues 22 Chiefs 25

Last five results
11 Jul 2014 Blues v Chiefs 8-11 Auckland
09 May 2014 Blues v Chiefs 20-32 Hamilton
13 Jul 2013 Blues v Chiefs 16-26 Auckland
30 Mar 2013 Blues v Chiefs 16-23 Mount Maunganui
02 Jun 2012 1 Blues v Chiefs 34-41 Auckland

Blues overall record against the Chiefs
Played 23, Wins 10 , Losses 13 , Draws 0

Match No.4: Blues v Chiefs
Date : QBE Stadium, Auckland (North Harbour)
Venue : Saturday 14 February 2015
Kick Off local: 19:35 local, 17:35 AEDT, 08:35 SAST
Referee: Chris Pollock
Assistant Ref 1:Ben O’Keeffe
Assistant Ref 2:Kane McBride
TMO : Ben Skeen

Blues

1. Tony Woodcock , 2. James Parsons , 3. Angus Ta’avao , 4. Josh Bekhuis , 5. Hayden Triggs , 6. Steven Luatua , 7. Brendon O’Connor , 8. Jerome Kaino (C) , 9. Jimmy Cowan , 10. Ihaia West , 11. Tevita Li , 12. Francis Saili , 13. George Moala/Hamish Northcott , 14. Charles Piutau , 15. Lolagi Visinia

Replacements :16. Matt Moulds , 17. Ofa Tu’ungafasi , 18. Charlie Faumuina , 19. Akira Ioane , 20. Luke Braid , 21. Jamison Gibson-Park , 22. Simon Hickey , 23. Hamish Northcott/Ben Lam

Chiefs

1. Pauliasi Manu , 2. Hika Elliot , 3. Ben Tameifuna , 4. Matt Symons (c) , 5. Michael Fitzgerald , 6. Johan Bardoul * , 7. Sam Cane , 8. Maama Vaipulu* , 9. Brad Weber , 10. Damian McKenzie* , 11. James Lowe , 12. Sonny Bill Williams , 13. Charlie Ngatai , 14. Tim Nanai-Williams , 15. Tom Marshall

16. Rhys Marshall , 17. Jamie Mackintosh , 18. Siate Tokolahi* , 19. Michael Allardice* , 20. Tevita Koloamatangi , 21. Augustine Pulu , 22. Marty McKenzie* , 23. Bryce Heem*

*Chiefs debutants

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