Blues vs Hurricanes Super Rugby Preview

This match is another classic New Zealand rugby derby and is exactly what the new conference system in the new Super Rugby format is all about.


Out of the last seven clashes the Blues have won just once. Between 1996 and 2003 the Blues and Hurricanes played eight matches and all were won by the Blues. In 2004 there was a draw between the teams and then aside from the 19-17 victory by the Blues in 2008 all of the matches have gone the Blues way.


On average the Blues score 29 points against the Hurricanes who score 25 points against the Blues on average in these matches.


The Hurricanes have Ma’a Nonu back for this match while Aaron Cruden and Jayden Hayward have been dropped to the bench. Jeremy Thrush pushes James Broadhurst down to the bench and Serge Lilo drops out completely.


The Blues have made changes as well and coach Pat Lam has told his players that if they do not perform they will be dropped – and they have. John Afoa comes in for Charlie Faumuina and Toby Morland is dropped out of the squad. Luke McAlister moves to centre and Stephen Brett takes over the reigns at 10.


Joe Rokocoko has been dropped and Benson Stanley who played at centre last week moves to the wing. This should shake things up a bit and keep the players on edge.


The Bookies have given the Hurricanes a 5 point start for this match – and are offering our users an offer of Bet 10 and Get 20. We think the Blues might have been a little off last week against the Force. They have only lost one match which was to the tournament leaders the Sharks in Durban. We think the Blues should win this by 8 or more.


Last five results.
12 Feb 2010 Blues v Hurricanes 20-34 Auckland
01 May 2009 Blues v Hurricanes 27-45 Wellington
16 May 2008 Blues v Hurricanes 19-17 Auckland
17 Feb 2007 Blues v Hurricanes 22-23 Wellington
10 Feb 2006 Blues v Hurricanes 19-37 Auckland

Blues overall record against the Hurricanes
Played 15 , Wins 9 , Losses 5, Draws 1


Match : Blues vs Hurricanes
Date: Sat 19 March
Venue : Auckland
Kick Off local: 19.35
Kick Off GMT: 06.35
Referee: Vinny Munro
Assistant Ref 1:Garratt Williamson
Assistant Ref 2:Ben Skeen
TMO:Glenn Newman


Teams


Blues :1. Tony Woodcock , 2. Keven Mealamu (c) , 3. John Afoa , 4. Anthony Boric , 5. Kurtis Haiu , 6. Jerome Kaino , 7. Luke Braid , 8. Peter Saili , 9. Alby Mathewson , 10. Stephen Brett , 11. Benson Stanley , 12. Luke McAlister , 13. Jared Payne , 14. Rene Ranger , 15.Isaia Toeava


Replacements : 16 , Tom McCartney , 17 , Tevita Mailau , 18 , Filo Paulo , 19 , Matt Luamanu , 20 , Chris Smylie , 21 , Lachie Munro , 22 , Sherwin Stowers


Hurricanes: 1. John Schwalger ,2. Andrew Hore (c) ,3. Neemia Tialata ,4. Jeremy Thrush ,5. Jason Eaton ,6. Faifili Levave ,7. Jack Lam ,8. Victor Vito ,9. Chris Eaton ,10. Daniel Kirkpatrick ,11. Andre Taylor ,12. Ma’a Nonu ,13. Conrad Smith ,14. Julian Savea ,15. Cory Jane


Reserves :16. Dane Coles ,17. Anthony Perenise,18. James Broadhurst ,19. Mark Reddish ,20. Tyson Keats,21. Aaron Cruden ,22. Jayden Hayward

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