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Blues v Chiefs Super Rugby preview

Tawera Kerr-Barlow scores for the Chiefs against the Blues in March this year

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Article Published: Thursday 31 May 2012






The Chiefs have won the last two matches between them and the Blues and the two before that were won by the Blues.

Out of the last five matches the Chiefs have won three and the Blues two but overall the Blues have the better record.

The Blues have played the Chiefs 18 times in Super Rugby history and the Blues have won 10 times or 56% of the matches between the teams.

On average the Blues score 23 points and the Chiefs score 25 when the teams play each other.

The Blues have played the Chiefs at home 9 times - 8 in Auckland and once in North Harbour and in those matches the Blues won 5 and lost four.

This match will be played in North Harbour and one of those four Chiefs' victories was in North Harbour so the Chiefs have never lost to the Blues in North Harbour.

The average score when the Blues are playing the Chiefs at home is an equal 25 all. The match that was held in North Harbour between the two was in 2000 and the Chiefs won 25-32.

The Chiefs have been forced to make a couple of changes including the captaincy for this match.

The Blues have recalled their All Blacks but they have struggled all season and there is little evidence to see this changing against Super Rugby's leading team.

The Bookies have given the Blues a 10 point start for this match - with an offer of Bet 5 and Get 50 in Bets. The Chiefs should win this relatively comfortably. Chiefs to win by 11.

This match will be shown on TV NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 2/HD.

Average score: Blues 23 Chiefs 25

Last five results
02 Mar 2012 Blues v Chiefs 14-29 Hamilton
04 Jun 2011 Blues v Chiefs 11-16 Auckland
26 Mar 2011 Blues v Chiefs 16-13 Hamilton
15 May 2010 Blues v Chiefs 30-20 Auckland
21 Mar 2009 Blues v Chiefs 34-63 Hamilton

Blues overall record against the Chiefs
Played 18, Wins 10 , Losses 8 , Draws 0

Match No.97.: Blues v Chiefs
Date Saturday 2 June
Venue : Auckland
Kick Off local: 19:35
Referee: Chris Pollock
Assistant Ref 1:Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 2:Nick Briant
TMO : Ben Skeen

Teams

Blues

Tony Woodcock, James Parsons, Tevita Mailau, Liaki Moli, Ali Williams, Steven Luatua, Daniel Braid, Luke Braid (c), Alby Mathewson, Michael Hobbs, Rene Ranger, Ma'a Nonu, Francis Saili, Lachie Munro, Rudi Wulf.

Reserves: Tom McCartney, Angus Ta'avao, Filo Paulo, Peter Saili, Piri Weepu, Hadleigh Parkes, David Raikuna.

Chiefs

1.Sona Taumalolo,2. Mahonri Schwalger, 3. Ben Afeaki, 4. Michael Fitzgerald, 5. Brodie Retallick , 6. Liam Messam (c), 7. Sam Cane, 8. Kane Thompson,9. Tawera Kerr-Barlow,10. Aaron Cruden, 11. Asaeli Tikoirotuma,12. Sonny Bill Williams, 13. Jackson Willison, 14. Maritino Nemani , 15. Andrew Horrell

Replacements : 16. Hika Elliot, 17. Ben Tameifuna, 18. Romana Graham, 19. Scott Waldrom, 20. Brendon Leonard, 21. Robbie Robinson,22. Lelia Masaga

 
 
 
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