Blues vs Waratahs Super Rugby Preview

The Blues return from their bye this week to face the Waratahs in Auckland where they have a good record against the Sydney-siders.


The Blues have played the Waratahs seven times in New Zealand, once in Albany and six times in Auckland and the Blues have won all but one which was the last time they played in Auckland and the Waratahs won 22-27.


Overall the Blues have played the Waratahs 15 times and won 9 times. However out of the last five matches between the teams the Waratahs have won four and the last three have all been won by the Waratahs.


On average the Blues score 28 points against the Waratahs who score 26 points against the Blues. In New Zealand the Blues perform better as they outscore the Waratahs by 33 points to 22 on average which shows the Blues like playing the Waratahs in New Zealand.


The Waratahs injury list makes this challenge all the more stiffer as they will take on the Blues without Captain Phil Waugh, Berrick Barnes and Wycliff Palu to name a few.


Regular back up pivot Daniel Halangahu (pictured) has been moved to centre and winger Lachie Turner is at fullback. Teenager Tom Kingston will be making his Super Rugby debut against Rene Ranger. He should have his hands pretty full.


The Blues will be coming off a bye so they can be expected to start slowly and then be at full speed in the second half but that is pretty much the way they have played this season.


The Waratahs will be coming off a victory over the Force. When looking at overall form we should not forget that the Blues are the only team to have beaten the Crusaders and the Crusaders beat the Waratahs 33-18.


The Bookies have given the Waratahs an 8 point start – with an offer of Bet 10 and Get 10 in Bets. We think the Blues will have too much firepower for the injury hit Waratahs. Blues to win by 10.


Last five results.
27 Mar 2010 Blues v Waratahs 32-39 Sydney
27 Mar 2009 Blues v Waratahs 22-27 Auckland
05 Apr 2008 Blues v Waratahs 16-37 Sydney
23 Mar 2007 Blues v Waratahs 34-6 Auckland
24 Mar 2006 Blues v Waratahs 9-43 Sydney


Blues overall record against the Waratahs
Played 15 , Wins 9, Losses 6, Draws 0


Match Officials
Referee: Mark Lawrence (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Craig Joubert (South Africa), Jonathon White (New Zealand)
Television match official: Chris Pollock (New Zealand)


Teams


Blues: Isaia Toeava, Joe Rokocoko, Jared Payne, Luke McAllister, Rene Ranger, Stephen Brett, Albie Mathewson, Peter Saili, Luke Braid, Jerome Kaino, Anthony Boric, Kurtis Haiu, John Afoa, Keven Mealamu (capt), Tevita Mailau.


Reserves: Tom McCartney, Pauliasi Manu, Filo Paulo, Chris Lowrey, Chris Smylie, Lachie Munro, Benson Stanley


Waratahs:15. Lachie Turner , 14. Tom Kingston , 13. Ryan Cross , 12. Daniel Halangahu , 11. Drew Mitchell , 10. Kurtley Beale , 9. Luke Burgess , 8. Ben Mowen , 7. Pat McCutcheon , 6. Dave Dennis , 5. Kane Douglas , 4. Dean Mumm [c] , 3. Sekope Kepu , 2. Tatafu Polota-Nau , 1. Benn Robinson,


Reserves 16. John Ulugia , 17. Al Baxter , 18. Pat O’Connor , 19. Sitaleki Timani , 20. Chris Alcock , 21. Brendan McKibbin , 22. Sosene Anesi , (23rd Man – Josh Holmes )

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