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Super Rugby Preview: Blues v Force

Super Rugby Preview: Blues v Force

Follow our live scores, commentary and results as the Blues host the Sharks in Round 12 of Super Rugby at Eden Park on Saturday, May 2. The match kicks-off at 3.30pm (AEST).

What: Super Rugby Rd 12
Who: Blues v Force
When: Saturday, May 2 – 3.30 pm (AEST)
Where: Eden Park
I Can Watch It On: Fox Sports

Sportsbet Odds:
Blues $1.30
Force $3.50

Form Guide:  
Blues: LLWLL
Force: LLLLL


Against Each Other:  
In the past five matches between these two the Blues have come away victors four times while the other match ended in a draw. They defeated the Force 40-14 in these sides last meeting.
 

Last Weekend:
The Blues put in a poor performance to fall 29-15 against the Crusaders in Christchurch. Facing a passing masterclass from the Kiwi powerhouse, the formless Blues never led and never looked like coming away with a win.  
 
Meanwhile the Force lost 35-27 against the Chiefs at Waikato Stadium, their ninth straight defeat since defeating the Waratahs in the opening round of the Super Rugby competition.


What You Need To Know:  
There is absolutely nothing to lose here between two teams that have tasted victory just once this season.

The Blues have won 10 of their last 12 home games against Australian opponents while last week’s 29-15 loss to the Crusaders was their heaviest defeat in over a year but their 11th defeat in 12 matches.


Meanwhile the Force have beaten the Blues just once in Super Rugby (D1 L6), however that win did come away from home (2008), five of those six defeats have been by margins over 20 points.

After defeat to the Chiefs last weekend, the Force are now winless in their last four against New Zealand sides by an average margin of 22 points. Another defeat here for the Force would signal their worst ever run of form in Super Rugby. They are enduring a nine-match losing streak, something which previously occurred at the beginning of their first campaign in 2006.

Bold Prediction:  
The Western Force started the season with so much promise, defeating the defending premiers in a brilliant first up display. Since then they’ve lost nine straight and are staring down the barrel of their worst ever losing streak.

They are coming last or second last in many key categories, including points scored, tackling success and turnovers conceded. In short they’ve looked hopeless this year, don’t expect much to change on Saturday.


The Blues have also struggled this season, they’re 13th in points scored, but they’ll still be far too good for their opponents. Blues by 8.

Blues Opta Stats


Force Opta Stats
 

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