They have dished out some massive beatings to the Lions in the past, but are the Blues perhaps underestimating the resurgent Lions team?
However, the Blues may not be aware that John Mitchell’s Lions are a different proposition to their predecessors.
The men from Auckland may have caught some of the hype about the Lions, but the visiting team will not run onto the field with the same confidence they had when they scored 50 points in their last two visits.
For the past four years the Blues have always managed to run the Lions ragged, but it was the matches in Johannesburg where the Lions were particularly poor.
In 2008 they lost 10-55 there and last year’s 14-56 defeat was just about the lowest point in the team’s collapse under Dick Muir.
It’s therefore as if Mitchell and his Lions team are being confronted with their greatest fear – a Blues team full of All Blacks that will be keen to make the Lions hang their heads in shame once more.