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Super Rugby Preview – Reds V Blues


Coming off two consecutive losses expect the Blues to bring a bruising performance to Brisbane.

The Blues, who at the start of the competition blitzkrieged the current Super Rugby champions, The Highlanders at Eden Park have had two disappointing, close losses to The Crusaders and The Hurricanes respectively. The Blues side, although not littered with stars have enough talent to punish the recently coachless Reds side in Brisbane.

The Reds suffered three losses, and after the firing of coach, Richard Graham two games into the season, they are unlikely to have a stable enough camp to launch a successful campaign off of.

The Queensland side do host some great up-and-coming players. Samu Kerevi remains a battering ram at outside centre that no team should underestimate, Karmichael Hunt is always a threat from back-field and star of the World Cup, Ayumu Goromaru, acts as a super-sub off the bench.

They should, however be counter-acted by the running rugby being played by the Blues at the moment under the charge of All Black legend Tana Umaga. The Blues also rest their hopes on some promising youngsters. Tevita Li, provides plenty of attacking potential on the wing and George Moala, wing-cum inside centre is now the top off-loader in the competition with 8 offloads in 3 games, which is indicative of how the Blues are playing this season.

The Reds seem down and out in this competition at the early stage of round 4. With three losses, the firing of their coach and no real star players to give guidance, it is difficult to believe that the team has the confidence to comeback.

The Blues should win this game convincingly. Their only enemy will be themselves going into the clash. Expect a big game from the Blues back-line and their loose-forwards led by seasoned All Black Jerome Kaino.

I believe the Blues will win by 10 to 15 points as they try silence their critics.

Catch the game live on Sky Sports on Saturday at 8:45 am.


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