We’re set to make history on Friday as the first team to bring an Investec Super Rugby match to rugby-mad Samoa. Here’s hoping the game against the Reds is worthy of the occasion.
On present form, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone other than the most ardent Reds fans who’d be backing the Queensland outfit to win this one. The side come into this match off the back of a 26-40 thrashing by the Western Force, a five-point win over the lowly Rebels, and another 46-17 thrashing by the Chiefs.
Whereas our Blues will be spoiling for a win after a hard-fought 16-16 draw with the Chiefs at Eden Park last week. Our team was arguably the better side for much of the match, but nothing could break the deadlock in the end.
So, it all adds up to a winnable fixture for our boys in blue, right?
Statistically, the Blues are the superior side, having scored more points (370 v 259) and more tries (47 v 38), conceded less penalties (106 v 126) and tries (314 v 390), and even our goal kicking accuracy is much better (73.68% v 60.78%).
However, it’s worth pointing out that the Reds do maintain a winning record against our side, having won 10 of our last 21 encounters, with two draws. One of those tied matches was the last time we met the Reds.
Kick-off is at 7:35pm (NZ time) at Apia Park, Samoa.
1996: Reds 51-13 at Brisbane
1997: Blues 49-26 at Auckland
1998: Reds 33-18 at Brisbane
1999: Drawn 12-12 at Albany
2000: Reds 33-26 at Brisbane
2001: Blues 39-35 at Albany
2002: Reds 34-23 at Brisbane
2003: Blues 62-20 at Whangarei
2004: Reds 20-3 at Brisbane
2005: Blues 18-15 at Auckland
2006: Blues 21-20 at Brisbane
2007: Blues 38-13 at Auckland
2008: Blues 35-22 at Brisbane
2009: Reds 31-24 at Albany
2010: Blues 27-18 at Brisbane
2011: Reds 37-31 at Brisbane
Reds 30-13 at Brisbane (semi-final)
2012: Reds 23-11 at Auckland
2013: Reds 12-11 at Brisbane
2014: Blues 44-14 at Auckland
2016: Drawn 25-25 at Brisbane
Matches: 21. Blues 9 wins, Reds 10, drawn 2.
Highest score: Blues 62 at Whangarei 2003; Reds 51 at Brisbane 1996.
Biggest winning margin: Blues 42 (62-20) at Whangarei 2003, Reds 38 (51-13) at Brisbane 1996.