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They’ve won each of their last seven games at home against Australian sides, surpassing 40 points scored on three occasions in that span. Furthermore, the Auckland outfit are undefeated in their last seven matches against the Force (W6, D1); their only loss to them coming in 2008.
It doesn’t look overly positive on paper for the Perth franchise that’s for sure as the Blues have also won each of their last three home games against them, scoring a total of 111 points across that period. And with the Blues back to winning ways last week, expect them to claim victory.
The Force lost heavily at the Crusaders last time out and come into this game struggling after back-to-back defeats. However, one positive so far in 2017 has been their defence as they have conceded just 5.5 clean breaks per game, fewer than any other team in the competition. Off the tee they are also solid as the reliable Jonno Lance has slotted 10 of his 11 kicks at goal, the best rate of any player to attempt 10 plus shots.
Still though it’s hard to look past the Blues running riot if the weather holds up in Auckland. They boast too much class and with Rieko and Akira Ioane set to be unleashed early in the second half from the bench, the Force could well be in trouble during the closing stages at Eden Park.
Western Force head coach Dave Wessels admits improvements have to be made and after last week’s big loss in Christchurch, highlighted defensive solidity as being key if they are to contain the Blues’ attacking threat.
“We know that to turn around the outcome of last week we must be a lot better in a number of key areas, not least our defence,” Wessels said. “It’s great to have the experience of Dane [Haylett-Petty], Billy [Meakes] and ‘Hodgo’ [Matt Hodgson] back in the side this week.”
He added: “The boys have trained really hard this week under difficult circumstances. I couldn’t be more proud to be part of this team.”
The Blues meanwhile will not be overconfident as head coach Tana Umaga expects a tough challenge from their visitors, who will also be motivated by recent speculation that they may be dropped from the Super Rugby competition next year under the suggested new format.
Blues: 15 Michael Collins, 14 Matt Duffie, 13 George Moala, 12 TJ Faiane, 11 Melani Nanai, 10 Piers Francis, 9 Augustine Pulu, 8 Jerome Kaino, 7 Murphy Taramai, 6 Jimmy Tupou, 5 Patrick Tuipulotu, 4 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 James Parsons (c), 1 Pauliasi Manu
Replacements: 16 Matt Moulds, 17 Ofa Tu’ungafasi or Sam Prattley, 18 Sione Mafileo, 19 Scott Scrafton, 20 Akira Ioane, 21 Billy Guyton, 22 Ihaia West, 23 Rieko Ioane
Force: 15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Chance Peni, 13 Marcel Brache, 12 Billy Meakes, 11 Alex Newsome, 10 Jono Lance, 9 Ryan Louwrens, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 Matt Hodgson, 6 Ross Haylett-Petty, 5 Richie Arnold, 4 Matt Philip, 3 Tetera Faulkner, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Ben Daley
Replacments: 16 Anaru Rangi, 17 Pek Cowan, 18 Shambeckler Vui, 19 Richard Hardwick, 20 Kane Koteka, 21 Michael Ruru, 22 Ian Prior, 23 Robbie Coleman