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    Blues vs Cheetahs

    Super Rugby, 12 May, 2017

    Eden Park
    Fulltime - Blues 50, Cheetahs 32
    Blues   Cheetahs
    50 FINAL SCORE 32
    8 TRIES 4
    0 DROP GOALS 0
    Referee: Brendon Pickerill
    Touch judges: Glen Jackson & Angus Mabey
    TMO: Aaron Paterson

    The team at the bottom of the New Zealand conference, the Blues, hosts the team sitting third in the Africa 1 conference, the Cheetahs. Join The Roar for commentary, scores and your say from 5:30pm AEST.

    These sides didn’t play each other last year, but the last time they played it was a heart-stopping win for the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein in 2015. They will, however, be looking to score their first win against the Blues in Auckland.

    Their recent form though has been poor, they have lost their last seven games, and away from home have lost 10 in a row. The bad news continues for the Cheetahs with the last six matches between these sides being won by the home team.

    Expect this one to be an exciting and high scoring encounter, with both sides playing their rugby with ball in hand. The Cheetahs have tried to play running rugby this season while the Blues are the side that averages the most minutes in possession of the football.

    It has been the Cheetahs’ defence this season that has let them down, as was the case last week. The South African side managed to score six tries, but they also conceded six tries to go down 45-41 against the Highlanders, they’ve also conceded an average of five tries a game.

    For the Blues they have been in great form in their last two, holding the Brumbies try-less in Canberra, and then beating the Waratahs, again away from home. The Blues have shown when they play games that aren’t against New Zealand conference teams that they are a class above sides from elsewhere.

    Patrick Tuipulotu will boost the starting side, with Kara Pryor and Ihaia West returning on the bench. They will again look to Steven Luatua to continue leading the side, with the All Black flanker in some great form.

    Blues coach Tana Umaga said ahead of the game: “Our playing group have had a big run of games and we will be looking for the players coming in to add some real energy to the team.”

    “Last week we produced probably the best first half of the season but dropped off in the second half. We are still looking for 80 minutes of complete football.”

    Keep an eye out for Rieko Ioane who tore the Waratahs to shreds last week. It’s scary to think the winger is only 20 years old, and looks a star of the future. It should be an exciting battle against his opposite number Sergeal Petersen.

    A high-scoring and entertaining affair with the Blues winning this comfortably.

    Blues by 14

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    • 10:42am
      Aucklandlaurie said | 10:42am | ! Report

      We’re back…

    • Roar Guru

      Machooka said | 7:33pm | ! Report

      Thanks Brent… that was hard. HARD! 🙂

    • 7:32pm
      Rugby Tragic said | 7:32pm | ! Report

      *doing happy dance*…. Three in a row!… Yee Haa… three in a row!… Go Blues go you good thing!!!!!

      • 8:31pm
        Old Bugger said | 8:31pm | ! Report

        Congrats RT….good solid win.

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        ThugbyFan said | 12:22am | ! Report

        Congrats to the long suffering Blues Bros, TM and RT. Only saw the last 10 minutes but 8 tries tells it all. They looked pretty good against the mighty Tah machine last week so this showing isn’t that unexpected. Perhaps that awesome talent in the side is finally starting to gel as a team. Them Blues are storming home.

        • 5:47am
          Rugby Tragic said | 5:47am | ! Report

          In reality Thugby… while good to register ‘another win’… it was an average match … Blues were crap at defending mauls (Cheetahs scored 3 of 4 tries from mauls), and Blues defence was ‘not quite there’. Also a strong indication of flaky Cheetahs defence is that they leaked 8 tries, most of which were rather soft.

          If I were Tana Umaga (but I’m not!.. lol), I’d be having some stern words to say to his charges before the one off excursion to Capetown.

          • 4:48pm
            ThugbyFan said | 4:48pm | ! Report

            Blues put on 40 points last week against the Tahs, 50 points this week against the Cheetahs. Big question is do we see 60 points next week?

            Live in hope, RT. 🙂

    • Roar Guru

      Jokerman said | 7:32pm | ! Report

      Thanks, Brent, thanks all!!

      So it is man and the night continues…

      Very fine comments Chook and Tragic as always. Sick bro!

      • Roar Guru

        Machooka said | 7:36pm | ! Report

        She’s coming for ya bro… outta my hands now. Fear.

        And remember… you’ve gotta sleep sometime.

        This is where she goes goes to work… fear, omg fear!!

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          Jokerman said | 7:43pm | ! Report

          I can travel in the night through my astral travels…hide away there.

          I may have to go back to K road and smoke those tea leaves and see if I can shapeshift!!

    • Roar Pro

      Danny said | 7:28pm | ! Report

      Obviously big win for Blues but what will it take to revive the Blues of yesteryear? Maybe time – the backs do seem young? Or maybe a combo of skills, composure and 80 minute focus?

      They clearly remain the weakest NZ franchise by some margin in the eyes of this scribe.

      • Roar Guru

        taylorman said | 2:26am | ! Report

        True, with losses by 1,4,5,9 to them why do they bother turning up?

    • Roar Guru

      taylorman said | 7:28pm | ! Report

      This three-peat’s gotta rate up there with Jordan’s Chicago Bulls in the 80s surely?

      • Roar Guru

        Machooka said | 7:29pm | ! Report

        Pierce off TM 🙂

      • 7:36pm
        Rugby Tragic said | 7:36pm | ! Report

        TM…. Four in a row after next week …. ‘only the Stormers in Capetown! … have to show Paul Feeney that he should not have deserted ship … *S*

    • 7:26pm
      AndyS said | 7:26pm | ! Report

      Bartender was on the Blues by 18.5, so that’s service with a snarl for the rest of the night…

    • Roar Guru

      Machooka said | 7:25pm | ! Report

      Bien hecho Don Tragic… puedo reservar una mesa @ ‘El Cellar de Can Rica’?

      Es tres victorias! Felicidades Don!!

    • Roar Guru

      Brent Ford said | 7:22pm | ! Report

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      In the end the Blues with eight tries were too strong for the Cheetahs who managed four tries for the night, in the end it was the Cheetahs inability to defend that hurt them in this one, with the Blues just too good in attack.

      Thanks for your company and have a good night!

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      Jokerman said | 7:22pm | ! Report


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      Brent Ford said | 7:21pm | ! Report

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      That’s full time as West puts it into touch it’s the Blues securing the bonus point with a strong performance!

    • Roar Guru

      Brent Ford said | 7:20pm | ! Report


      Blues 50 vs Cheetahs 32

      Huggett the hooker looks like he has saved the day, he has!

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