The Blues have lost only one of their last six Super Rugby matches against the Queensland Reds (W4, D1), a 29-28 loss in June 2019; they had won only one of their six meetings prior (L5).
The Blues have won 15 of their last 16 Super Rugby home matches against Australian opposition (L1), including their last six in succession; their only defeat in that span was a 20-10 loss to the Melbourne Rebels (2 June 2018).
- The Queensland Reds have lost their last three Super Rugby matches in succession; the last time they went on a longer losing run in the competition was a four-match span from June 2019 to February 2020.
- The Blues have won 17 of their last 18 Super Rugby matches (L1), including their last 10 on the bounce; they have conceded 19 points per game across that span.
- The Blues have made six-line breaks per game, the second-most by any team in the campaign, and two per game more than the Queensland Reds (4).
- The Blues (66%) and Reds (60%) have crossed the gain-line on a higher percentage of their total carries than any other team.
- Queensland has made 162 kicks in play collected by the opposition, the joint-most by any team (also Crusaders – 162), and 30 more than the Blues (132).
- The Blues have made 14 offloads resulting in a break, the most by any team in the competition, and five more than the Reds (9).
Players to watch
- Harry Wilson has crossed the gainline on 95 carries, 16 more than any other player, and 38 more than the Blues’ best Mark Telea (57).
- Only the Crusaders’ Bryn Hall (7) has provided more assists than the Blues’ Stephen Perofeta (6).
- James O’Connor (5) has made the most assists of any Australian player in the campaign.
We are waiting for the kick-off.
The score after 0 minutes is Blues 0 Reds 0
Referee: Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 1: Angus Mabey
Assistant Ref 2: Jono Bredin
TMO: Aaron Paterson
Blues: 15 Stephen Perofeta, 14 Mark Telea, 13 Rieko Ioane, 12 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, 11 Caleb Clarke, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Finlay Christie, 8 Hoskins Sotutu, 7 Dalton Papalii (captain), 6 Akira Ioane, 5 Tom Robinson, 4 James Tucker, 3 Ofa Tuungafasi, 2 Kurt Eklund, 1 Alex Hodgman.
Replacements: 16 Soane Vikena, 17 Jordan Lay, 18 Nepo Laulala, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Adrian Choat, 21 Sam Nock, 22 Bryce Heem, 23 Zarn Sullivan.
Reds: 15 Jock Campbell, 14 Suliasi Vunivalu, 13 Josh Flook, 12 Hunter Paisami, 11 Jordan Petaia, 10 James O’Connor, 9 Tate McDermott (captain), 8 Seru Uru, 7 Angus Scott-Young, 6 Connor Vest, 5 Angus Blyth, 4 Ryan Smith, 3 Feao Fotuaika, 2 Albert Anae, 1 Dane Zander.
Replacements: 16 Matt Faessler, 17 Harry Hoopert, 18 Sef Fa’agase, 19 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 20 Tuaina Tualima, 21 Kalani Thomas, 22 Hamish Stewart, 23 Lawson Creighton.