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The Blues Vs. Western Force
2012 Super Rugby Tournament, 8 July, 2012
|Eden Park, Kingsland, Auckland|
|The Blues 32 defeated Western Force 9|
|The Blues||Western Force|
|Referee: M Fraser|
|Touch judges: J White & G Jackson|
The 14h placed Blues take on the 13th placed Force in this clash of the cellar dwellers at Eden Park. Join us for this battle for pride at 5.35pm AEST.
Both of these teams have very little to play for, apart from personal pride.
Both have had terrible 2012 seasons, and their positions on the table reflect this. The Blues were expected to be title challengers while little has gone right for strugglers from the west coast of Australia.
Still, the Blues go into this match as favourites considering the Western Force are missing their talisman and captain, Wallaby leader David Pocock.
Pocock’s absence will be a big loss for the Force and give the Blues a big boost. The Force are also without no. 8 Matt Hodgson, which will further weaken their pack.
The Auckland outfit will welcome back All Blacks Kevin Mealamu and Piri Weepu, who should be desperate to show what they can do in time for the Rugby Championship series. Ma’a Nonu is another All Black who will be keen to recoup his national team spot.
Pat Lam is hanging on to the Blues job with the skin of his teeth, so a win here is important if he wants to remain in charge next year.
Phil Blake is the caretaker coach of the Force, with a mentor for 2013 yet to be announced. Michael Cheika appears the favourite, but no decision has yet to be announced. That is one of the big uncertainties hanging over the Force, along with the future decision to be made by Pocock.
If the world-class openside is to leave Perth for the Brumbies, it would be a huge blow that would be very hard to recover from.
The Force will need their backs to fire against the talented Blues if they are a chance to win this one. Look for former Blue, Winston Stanley who is now a Force centre, to try and make an impressive against his former teammates.
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