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S14 Game 31, Blues (17) vs. Western Force (27) (F/T)

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Super 14 on 15 Mar 2008 at 05:30
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The Blues return from South Africa to host the Blues in North Harbour in the first of four matches today.

Both teams are coming off losses in Round 4.

Which one will return to winning ways?

Personally, I feel the force have a better than good chance of winning this game. North Harbour might be a great leveler. Franchises playing “away home games” are not to successful.

Kick-off in North Harbour at 06:30 SA time.

Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
TJ’s: Christie du Preez (South Africa), Paul Honiss (New Zealand)
TMO: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

Starting XV: 15 Ben Atiga, 14 Anthony Tuitavake, 13 Isaia Toeava, 12 Benson Stanley, 11 Joe Rokocoko, 10 Nick Evans, 9 Danny Lee, 8 Nick Williams, 7 Justin Collins, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Troy Flavell (captain), 4 Anthony Boric, 3 John Afoa, 2 Keven Mealamu, 1 Tony Woodcock.
Replacements: 16 Tom McCartney, 17 Nick White, 18 Kurtis Haiu, 19 Onosa’i Tololima-Auva’a, 20 Taniela Moa, 21 Rudi Wulf, 22 George Pisi.

Western Force:
Starting XV: 15 Cameron Shepherd, 14 Scott Staniforth, 13 Ryan Cross, 12 Lachlan MacKay, 11 Drew Mitchell, 10 Matt Giteau (vice-captain), 9 James Stannard, 8 Richard Brown, 7 Matt Hodgson, 6 Scott Fava, 5 Nathan Sharpe (captain), 4 Tom Hockings, 3 AJ Whalley, 2 Tai McIsaac, 1 Troy Takiari.
Replacements: 16 Luke Holmes, 17 Pek Cowan, 18 Sam Wykes, 19 Tamaiti Horua, 20 Chris O’Young, 21 Scott Daruda, 22 Nick Cummins.


  • Blues by quite a few I think

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.03.08 06:30:22 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Evans vs Giteau should be a nice match up.

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.03.08 06:34:47 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • For those who MAY be interested.

    1- 22 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes
    2- 4 Robert Kubica BMW
    3- 23 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes
    4- 2 Felipe Massa Ferrari
    5- 3 Nick Heidfeld BMW
    6- 11 Jarno Trulli Toyota
    7- 7 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota
    8- 9 David Coulthard Red Bull-Renault
    9- 12 Timo Glock Toyota
    10- 15 Sebastian Vettel STR-Ferrari
    11- 17 Rubens Barrichello Honda
    12- 5 Fernando Alonso Renault
    13- 16 Jenson Button Honda
    14- 8 Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota
    15- 10 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault
    16- 1 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 🙁
    17- 21 Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Ferrari
    18- 14 Sebastien Bourdais STR-Ferrari
    19- 20 Adrian Sutil Force India-Ferrari
    20- 18 Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda
    21- 6 Nelsinho Piquet Renault
    22- 19 Anthony Davidson Super Aguri-Honda

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.03.08 06:42:09 by KSA Shark © Reply
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    Giteau gets things going, the Blues kick back and the Western Force run it back showing their intent early on but the Blues are solid in defence and they win a scrum.

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.03.08 06:42:39 by KSA Shark © Reply
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    Blues do well from the scrum and end up in the Force half, a few phases of play pass, the Blues look good as they win a few free kicks just outside the Force 22m but then lose possession and the Force have a scrum. The scrum is good but a poor kick from Shepard leads to a great kick by Atiga who puts it 5m out from the Force line.

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.03.08 06:43:14 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Blues Try

    Force win their ball and they kick the ball out, scrappy lineout ball but the Blues do well, they hold onto possession for a while and then they make some useful meters. The fowards doing very well with a few pick and drives and then Woodcock crashes over for the first try.

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.03.08 06:45:56 by KSA Shark © Reply
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    Evans converts the try the score is 7-0.

    7 – 0 Blues

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.03.08 06:46:53 by KSA Shark © Reply
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    The Force restart and the Blues run it back and they look like theyare going to do this all afternoon. A few phases pass but then handling lets them down, scrum Force. Great move from the back but Atiga covers and makes a huge tackle on Staniforth. The Blues steal the ball and then hoof it downfield, Mitchell covers and puts it out on the Blues 10m.

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.03.08 06:49:38 by KSA Shark © Reply
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    The Blues win scrappy ball but their backs move it out wide and then kick it, the Force also keen to show what they have attack via Giteau. Giteau chips and collects but he is isolated and the Blues once again have it, and run hard at the Force but the possession is lost, the ball goes out but it came off a Force hand.

  • Comment 9, posted at 15.03.08 06:55:30 by KSA Shark © Reply
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    The Blues give away a free kick, A quick take and the ball goes out wide but they are met with solid Blues defence. The Force eventually win a penalty and Giteau goes for touch, Good lineout and then another penalty given away for a high tackle.

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.03.08 06:56:19 by KSA Shark © Reply
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    Giteau goes for poles, its right in front of the poles, and he misses, amazing… 22m drop out.

  • Comment 11, posted at 15.03.08 06:57:12 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Try Force

    The Force collect the deep kick off and then a Giteau kick is recovered and then the Force make a good 60m and Shepard scores a brilliant try, but one must say poor defence from the Blues.

  • Comment 12, posted at 15.03.08 07:02:17 by KSA Shark © Reply
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    Giteau has another chance to redeem himself and he duly converts the try score 7-7


  • Comment 13, posted at 15.03.08 07:02:52 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Who cares about SB.

    GO FORCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 14, posted at 15.03.08 07:03:20 by KSA Shark © Reply
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    Solid restart by the Blues and the Force are put under pressure after a poor return kick, the Blues make their way upfield and have a scrum in the Force 22m. The move from the scrum is slick but Tuitavake loses possession.

  • Comment 15, posted at 15.03.08 07:07:13 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Evans off injured (knock to the head) This could JUST be what the Force needs

    The scrum from the Force is ok, but Kaino is huge on defence and rips the ball and spins it wide, the Blues once again lose possession and the Force have a scrum in their 22m. Evans has to come off after taking an earlier knock on the head and the medical staff want him off, so the Blues in a sense are depleted.

  • Comment 16, posted at 15.03.08 07:08:24 by KSA Shark © Reply
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    The scrum is solid from the Blues but the backs lose the ball once again and the Force survive. The Force scrum is under some pressure and they give away a penalty and Atiga steps up. Atiga slots the penalty and the Blues lead 10-7.

  • Comment 17, posted at 15.03.08 07:15:46 by KSA Shark © Reply
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    The restart is solid by the Force and they put pressure on the Blues, they give away a free kick and Flavell takes a quick tap and the Blues are away, Tuitavake is in space and they won’t catch him as he dives over for the second try of the match. Atiga steps up for the conversion and he slots it, score 17-7.

  • Comment 18, posted at 15.03.08 07:21:27 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Blues 17 – 7 Force
    Half time.

  • Comment 19, posted at 15.03.08 07:22:10 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • 17-7 Blues

  • Comment 20, posted at 15.03.08 07:43:33 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • g’mornin KSA,
    seems like the force and ferrari started on the back foot today

    … ok, back to the game

  • Comment 21, posted at 15.03.08 07:47:05 by spykerbaard Reply
  • Quick catch up. 🙁 Damn work is interfering with my sport. 👿

    The match is restarted by the Blues and the ball is hoofed back straight down Nick Williams throat who runs it back hard, a few phases later and the Force give away a free kick, Flavell asks for a scrum in the Force 22m. The Force then give away a penalty

    Atiga misses and Sheperd runs it out and hoofs it out. Quick take by the Blues and then its kicked by Atiga, then the return kick by the Force is poor and Rokocoko runs it back but is met with a solid hit by Mitchell. The ball is turned over and Giteau makes a few meters but then the Force lose possession.

    The Blues make a break downfield from the scrum and the end result of their efforts is a another set piece as the ball ends up in touch. The Force make a meal of their ball possession and Giteau has to kick, the return by the Blues earns them a penalty and Atiga goes for touch. Solid lineout and the Blues attack but they lose the ball and Sheperd kicks it deep.

    The Blues run it back via Tuitavake and he makes about 50m and then a few phases pass but the play lacks a bit of direction. The ball ends up in touch and the Force can restart the play. Poor kick by Giteau and then the Blues return it, and then its kicked and Sheperd kicks the ball directly into touch, Blues lineout.

    Poor throwing and the ref awards the Force a scrum, it’s a solid base and Sheperd puts in a long driving kick and it out in the Blues half.

  • Comment 22, posted at 15.03.08 07:47:32 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Hey Spyker.

    Yeah Ferrari didn’t look to great this am. BMW were a surprise.

    Force were never going to win this match but with Evans off they may be able to keep the damage to a minimum.

  • Comment 23, posted at 15.03.08 07:48:59 by KSA Shark © Reply
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    Both teams struggling to get the upper hand but now one seems to be taking control of the match, the Force get hold of the ball and then win a penalty just outside the Blues 22m for a dangerous tackle by Flavell.

  • Comment 24, posted at 15.03.08 07:49:30 by KSA Shark © Reply
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    Giteau slots the penalty, score 17-10 to the Blues.

    17-10 Blues

  • Comment 25, posted at 15.03.08 07:50:11 by KSA Shark © Reply
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    The kick off is deep and its returned with some interest, the Blues give away a free kick and a quick tap by the Force and they make huge meters down the touchline but then lose the ball in the Blues 22m, scrum Blues. The scrum is solid and the ball is kicked out on the Blues 10m.

  • Comment 26, posted at 15.03.08 07:51:03 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Force Try


  • Comment 27, posted at 15.03.08 07:54:15 by KSA Shark © Reply
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    The lineout is good and the Force begin to putting huge pressure on the Blues defence, 11 phases later and Brown crashes over for a try in the corner after a great pass from Giteau. The Blues must be getting worried now as they seem to be losing the plot.

  • Comment 28, posted at 15.03.08 07:54:46 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • As I said above, who cares about SB.

    C’mon Force!!!!!!!!

    A Force win here will help the Sharks big time and a draw will help even more!!!!!!

  • Comment 29, posted at 15.03.08 07:55:40 by KSA Shark © Reply
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    Giteau converts the try, scores are level at 17-17.

    17 – 17 Force 😉

  • Comment 30, posted at 15.03.08 07:56:26 by KSA Shark © Reply
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    Good work from the Force at the kick off and the Blues are really struggling and then they give away a penalty within kicking distance. Giteau slots the penalty and they now lead 17-20.

  • Comment 31, posted at 15.03.08 08:00:28 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • 17-20 Force

  • Comment 32, posted at 15.03.08 08:00:48 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Only one guy on SB has picked the Force to win.

    fattmann Force 5

  • Comment 33, posted at 15.03.08 08:01:20 by KSA Shark © Reply
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    The Force are looking very strong as they collect the kick and play, the gaps have opened up a bit and they are all over the Blues.

  • Comment 34, posted at 15.03.08 08:02:34 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • 😎

    Strong work by the Force on the ground earns then a free kick and then they run it and then Horua spots a gap 5m out from the tryline and he is over, what a comeback from the Force.
    Giteau converts the try, score 17-27 to the Force.

  • Comment 35, posted at 15.03.08 08:07:53 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • 17 – 27 Force.

    Okay the score must stay like that please??????????????

    o points for the Blues and only 4 for the force.

  • Comment 36, posted at 15.03.08 08:08:41 by KSA Shark © Reply
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    The Force do well at the restart and the keep the Blues at bay via a great kick. The kicking game of the Force has been very good. The Blues looking like beaten men are not doing anything positive and seem to be going through the motions.

    C’MON FORCE!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 37, posted at 15.03.08 08:09:32 by KSA Shark © Reply
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    Force Rocks

  • Comment 38, posted at 15.03.08 08:12:50 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • This result helps the Sharks HUGEly.

  • Comment 39, posted at 15.03.08 08:15:19 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • i wasnt one who thought the force could pull it off, but i’m happy they have, as are most Shark fans

  • Comment 40, posted at 15.03.08 08:16:28 by spykerbaard Reply
  • Log updated

    Blues stay in 4th
    Force move to 5th

  • Comment 41, posted at 15.03.08 08:16:57 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Sharks just have to make sure there is no stumble this evening.

  • Comment 42, posted at 15.03.08 08:17:45 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • That was the Force’s first win in NZ. 😎

  • Comment 43, posted at 15.03.08 08:26:17 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Molo oubaas

  • Comment 44, posted at 15.03.08 08:27:05 by provincejoulekkading Reply
  • Force have Highlanders next, they could keep climbing… Stormers and Bulls will have to stop them

  • Comment 45, posted at 15.03.08 08:27:36 by spykerbaard Reply

  • Stormers will beat them, Bulls, im not so sure.
    mornings spyker

  • Comment 46, posted at 15.03.08 08:28:53 by provincejoulekkading Reply
  • Molo tjokkertjie

  • Comment 47, posted at 15.03.08 08:29:54 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Blues have the Stormers next week.

    Will the blues withdraw into themselves?

    or will the Stormers continue on their merry way?

    I think it will depend on whether or not Evans is in the team or not.

  • Comment 48, posted at 15.03.08 08:31:01 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • morning mensies. not such a good weekend fr nz teams so far eh. go cheetahs!!!

  • Comment 49, posted at 15.03.08 08:31:04 by knersboy Reply

  • Enjoy the rest of the day gents,got to get to gym.Will log on with my phone a bit later.

    GO LIONS :mrgreen:

  • Comment 50, posted at 15.03.08 08:31:23 by provincejoulekkading Reply
  • i especially like that neither team got the bonus point.

  • Comment 51, posted at 15.03.08 08:31:56 by knersboy Reply

  • cheers province, remember, no pain no gain 😆

  • Comment 52, posted at 15.03.08 08:32:42 by knersboy Reply

  • mornin’ pj, dont think i want to watch the next game (cheetahs vs crusaders)

  • Comment 53, posted at 15.03.08 08:36:21 by spykerbaard Reply

  • mornin’ kners

  • Comment 54, posted at 15.03.08 08:42:37 by spykerbaard Reply

  • hey spyker, how is it going this morning?

    black south easter in the cape today, no surf for me 👿

  • Comment 55, posted at 15.03.08 08:44:58 by knersboy Reply

  • WoW
    Neve expected this!?!?

  • Comment 56, posted at 15.03.08 08:48:49 by Hmmm Reply

  • So the Blues are not all that then…..

    The Cheetahs and Lions were just that bad…

  • Comment 57, posted at 15.03.08 08:50:21 by Hmmm Reply

  • force are not to be sneezed at hmmm, only lost to the top two teams so far.

  • Comment 58, posted at 15.03.08 08:54:57 by knersboy Reply

  • cold and rainy here in die Karoo as well kners, i also cant go surfing 🙄

  • Comment 59, posted at 15.03.08 08:59:27 by spykerbaard Reply

  • Stormers and Bulls will have to stop the force

  • Comment 60, posted at 15.03.08 09:01:33 by spykerbaard Reply

  • :mrgreen:

  • Comment 61, posted at 15.03.08 09:01:59 by knersboy Reply

  • think i’ll go take a warm bath till the cheetahs massacre is over 🙁

  • Comment 62, posted at 15.03.08 09:05:50 by spykerbaard Reply

  • I think this result could be classified as an upset. 😆

    of all players in SuperBru correctly predicted a win by the Force

  • Comment 63, posted at 15.03.08 11:53:06 by KSA Shark © Reply

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