SR: Blues 21, Waratahs 13

April 25, 2014
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imagesBlues coach John Kirwan spent most of the week dealing with media enquiries surrounding Benji Marshall dramatic and sudden departure from Auckland.

He had to fit in a normal week’s preparations in a very abnormal week.

No doubt the off-field distractions will be a factor.

However, Kirwan is well aware that is on the field where his team’s biggest problem awaits – a must-win game against a very impressive and powerful Waratahs team.

“I don’t need to hide the fact of how important this match is for the franchise, for the team and for our fans,” Kirwan said. “We said last week that, against the Hurricanes, if we lost away from home then we were going to be under pressure and we’re under pressure.

“We’ve just got to get out there and go hard. “It’s going to be a really physical game, I don’t know how many Wallabies they’ve got, I stopped counting so it’s going to be a great match up,” Kirwan added. After notching up an important away against the Stormers in South Africa three weeks ago, Waratahs coach Michael Cheika is now looking to add a second.

And it is in the set pieces where they believe they can lay the foundation for that victory. Big lock Will Skelton said the side had spent a considerable amount of time making a weapon of their set piece work. “Like most teams we play, we try to put pressure on at set piece,” Skelton told the Sydney Morning Herald.

“This week they have an All Black front row and that’s going to be a test for us. “However, our focus this week has been pressure at set piece so if we work on that the result should come our way.”

Recent results:
2013: Waratahs won 30-27, Sydney
2011: Blues won 26-13, Auckland (preliminary play-off match)
2011: Blues won 31-17, Auckland
2010: Waratahs won 39-32, Sydney
2009: Waratahs 27-22, Auckland
2008: Waratahs 37-16, Sydney

Teams:

Blues: 15 Charles Piutau, 14 Frank Halai, 13 Francis Saili, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Lolagi Visinia, 10 Simon Hickey, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Peter Saili, 7 Luke Braid (captain), 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Tom Donnelly, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 Keven Mealamu, 1 Tony Woodcock.
Replacements: 16 James Parsons, 17 Sam Prattley, 18 Angus Ta’avao, 19 Hayden Triggs, 20 Steven Luatua, 21 Piri Weepu, 22 Ihaia West, 23 Pita Ahki.

Waratahs: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Cam Crawford, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Dave Dennis (captain), 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Jacques Potgieter, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Will Skelton, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota Nau, 1 Benn Robinson.
Replacements – from: 16 Tolu Latu, 17 Jeremy Tilse, 18 Paddy Ryan, 19 Pat McCutcheon, 20 Wycliff Palu, 21 Brendan McKibbin, 22 Jono Lance, 23 Matt Carraro, 24 Stephen Hoiles.
 
Referee: Chris Pollock (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Nick Briant (New Zealand), Mike Lash (New Zealand)
TMO: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)

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32 Comments

  1. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 25th, 2014 at 7:42 am

    Waratahs over the line for first try but looks like he made a second movement with his other hand…..

    No Try……penalty Blues…..

  2. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 25th, 2014 at 7:46 am

    Two teams feeling each other out with the Tahs looking the best of the two….

  3. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    April 25th, 2014 at 7:47 am

    I took a gamble and tipped the Blues to sneak this one! :oops:

  4. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 25th, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Blues with the thirst three pointer through a penalty

  5. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 25th, 2014 at 7:52 am

    @JT_BOKBEFOK!: Me too, but Tahs looks full of running

  6. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 25th, 2014 at 8:03 am

    Some brilliant play from Blues with great passes to score in the corner by Vissnia. This is what you call a team try….

    Blues lead now 8-0 after 22 min

  7. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 25th, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Tahs pick up a lose pass which looks like a knock on but referee let it go and it goes to the TMO…

  8. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 25th, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Knock on NO TRY!!! scrum back at the half way line

  9. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 25th, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Tahs playing some good rugga’s but making too many handling errors on attack ……

  10. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 25th, 2014 at 8:17 am

    Tahs with all the pressure but losing the ball each time 5 meters out….they do get a penalty for their effort…..

    OVER!!! Tahs on the board

    Blues lead 8-3

  11. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 25th, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Tahs with attacking lineout but lose the ball in lineout to give the scrum to Blues on their 22…..

  12. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 25th, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Blues lead is extended with a penalty kick…..

    Blues lead 11-3 with 51 min gone

  13. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 25th, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Brilliant passing and interplay gives the Blues their second try of the game……handling like that will left almost every SA coach red…..

  14. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 25th, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Blues now lead 18-3

  15. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 25th, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Weepu on for the Blues after his long lay off

  16. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 25th, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Tahs with a driving maul ……..

    Blues defend well the maul….

    Tahs gets tackled back when they moved it wide….

    TRY!!!!!!!!!

    Tahs score through Potgieter

  17. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 25th, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Tahs hit back with their first try….

    Blues still lead 18-10

  18. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 25th, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Tahs now looking full of running, looks like they have the believe again that they can win this game away from home with 19 min left in the game

  19. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 25th, 2014 at 9:04 am

    When you give a bad pass you give the defending team a change to steal the ball at the ruck…..passing should be perfect on attack…

  20. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 25th, 2014 at 9:07 am

    From a lineout the Tahs attack through their forwards….and get a penalty inside Blues 22…..Tahs going for points…

    OVER!!!!

    Blues now lead 18-13

  21. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 25th, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Penalty Blues after Tahs scrummy kicks straight up in the air…..

    Blues going for points……

    OVER!!!!

    Blues lead now 21-15

  22. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 25th, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Sorry Blues lead 21-13

  23. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 25th, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Tahs with some great attack but handling errors is costing them big time….

  24. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 25th, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Tahs gets penalty from scrum…

    Going for points ….

    Not over…short and wide

    Blues still lead 21-13

  25. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 25th, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Tahs going for desperate and take a penalty in their own 22 quickly just for Blues to take it off and kick to the Tahs corner 4 min left in the game

  26. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 25th, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Tahs mess up lineout and Blues have a 5 meter scrum…..

    From the scrum….Blues work with their forwards……and as they move it wide the Tahs almost get intercept but knock it on another Blues scrum 5 meters out

  27. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 25th, 2014 at 9:19 am

    Blues work it close with forwards but lose ball again in contact and scrum for the Tahs….

    1 min left

  28. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 25th, 2014 at 9:20 am

    Tahs trying to run from their own goal line and mess it up big time…..they knock it on inside their own goal and scrum for Blues again 5 meters out….

  29. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 25th, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Siren goes as Blues try to score another try……Penalty Tahs…..and they start running…..

    Tahs worked their way inside Blues half……Tahs forward pass and with the Waratahs 21-13

  30. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 25th, 2014 at 9:24 am

    I gave the Blues a win with 8 points on Superbru great start for me for the weekend :wave:

  31. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 25th, 2014 at 9:26 am

    Blues win the game 21-13…..Waratahs will go away disappointed with the amount of handling errors they made on attack….
    Blues took their changes and scored the tries and kept the scoreboard ticking away…..

    Waratahs with so much promise but can not convert …….

  32. avatar Timeo says:
    April 28th, 2014 at 3:55 am

    I love watching Potgieter plays for the Waratahs.

    Never running at the gap like a sissy. Straight at the largest number of the largest defenders he’ll go, and he’ll go straight through them.

    Collision rugby at it’s most entertaining. :)

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