Blues reach S15 semis

2011-06-24 11:13

Garrin Lambley

Cape Town - The Blues have beaten the Waratahs at Eden Park in Auckland to reach the semi-finals of this year's Super Rugby competition.

The Blues won 26-13 after leading 13-8 at half-time.

The Blues scored two tries through wing Lachie Munro and lock Ali Williams. Munro was on target with a conversion and three penalties for a personal haul of 16 points. Centre Luke McAlister chipped in with a conversion and penalty.

The Waratahs replied with tries by centre Tom Carter and fullback Lachie Turner. Flyhalf Kurtley Beale was successful with a penalty.

Should the Crusaders beat the Sharks in Saturday's second qualifier (kick-off 09:35 SA time), the Blues will travel to Brisbane to face the Reds next weekend, with the Stormers hosting the Crusaders at Newlands.

However, should the Sharks upset the Crusaders in Nelson, the Blues will travel to Cape Town to face the Stormers, with the Sharks taking on the Reds.



15 Jared Payne, 14 Joe Rokocoko, 13 Benson Stanley, 12 Luke McAlister, 11 Lachie Munro, 10 Stephen Brett, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Peter Saili, 7 Luke Braid, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Ali Williams, 4 Anthony Boric, 3 John Afoa, 2 Keven Mealamu (captain), 1 Charlie Faumuina

Substitutes: 16 Tom McCartney, 17 Tevita Mailau, 18 Chris Lowrey, 19 Daniel Braid, 20 Chris Smylie, 21 Winston Stanley, 22 Sherwin Stowers

15 Lachie Turner, 14 Atieli Pakalani, 13 Ryan Cross, 12 Tom Carter, 11 Soseni Anesi, 10 Kurtley Beale, 9 Josh Holmes; 8 Dave Dennis, 7 Phil Waugh (captain), 6 Dean Mumm, 5 Sitaleki Timani, 4 Kane Douglas, 3 Paddy Ryan, 2 John Ulugia, 1 Benn Robinson

Substitutes: 16 Elvis Taione, 17 Jeremy Tilse, 18 Pat O'Connor, 19 Chris Alcock, 20 Hugh Perrett, 21 Brendan McKibbin, 22 Bernard Foley


  • georgemtem - 2011-06-24 11:18


      Crusader Man - 2011-06-24 11:21

      thanks dude lol Think Blues have got the easier game... Blues would have no show against the Stormers...C rusaders will have chance tho.. Fingers crossed

      Ace Ventura - 2011-06-24 12:37

      Jerry, it's a free country. Go Crusaders!!! Go Reds!!! Go Blues!!!

      Shistirrer - 2011-06-24 13:32

      Go Bulls!!! - Oh, sorry, they're gone already...

      Theuns - 2011-06-24 13:48

      @Ace... ek stem maar met daai Malema gaan dit nie vir lank n FREE COUNTRY wees nie... dit gaan n GESTEELDE een wees.. Good stuff Blues nou net vir Saders...Trap daai Visse more....

      Grey B - 2011-06-24 14:21

      So we will se the Blues in Cape Town then. And after that the Sharks!!!! Go South Africa! Stoooomeeeeeers, WP jou lekka ding!

      Shaft-Your-Own - 2011-06-24 15:21

      Go Crusader Man,! Go Ace Ventura! Go Bambie! Nothing like shafting your own. We should exchage addresses - perhaps we could start shafting each other! Hehehehehehehehehehehehehe

  • René Müller - 2011-06-24 11:21

    No upset! Poor attendance though!

  • jk - 2011-06-24 11:21

    as predicted, tom as well crus-in holy county and reds in prison country

  • jk - 2011-06-24 11:22

    just a pitty computicket screwed the public again... whats new

      Kok - 2011-06-24 13:50

      Yes, wtf. I couldnt manage to get tickets.

      kameeldoring - 2011-06-24 14:57

      kok, jy's klaar tickets!

  • jk - 2011-06-24 11:25

    anyway, shoking they cant fill their stadiums, newland-no problems in that department... Proooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooovince!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Dave-the-bul - 2011-06-24 11:39

      The Tank also most of the time empty!

      Feds - 2011-06-24 12:34

      @ dave... thats because there's more to do in Durban on a Saturday than just go to a rugby game. If I remember correctly, the sharks (maybe until recently) held the records for highest attendance in a game as well as in a season and even the highest attendance on average per match. Possibly 2-3 years old now though so this may have changed somewhat

      Ant - 2011-06-24 12:57

      The fullest Stadium in the country is Coca Cola park for the Lions......Full of empty seats.

      G4E - 2011-06-24 13:14

      @rugby-guru. I don't know what you're smoking, but I would like some - I can sell that stuff to druggies who are bored with glue! "Guru" nogal!

      Dave-the-bul - 2011-06-24 13:32

      @rugby_idiot if your team come even close to what we have done please let me know, but I think the pathetic sharks will never reach what we have done ever: "They have set new standards and South African rugby became a better product because of it. The Bulls also showed that the impossible was possible by providing their fans and the rest of the country with some special memories. Remember in 2005 when they beat the Stormers 75-14? Or in 2007 when they thrashed the Reds 92-3 to secure a home semi-final? And what about 2009 when they secured a record win against the Chiefs to win the title for a second time? Not to mention last year's final in Orlando and what they have managed to achieve there. It was a decade of greatness and one where legends were created. " Sharks = nothing and still nothing :D

  • rugby_guru - 2011-06-24 11:27

    Good game Blues, was enjoyable to watch.

  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-24 11:29

    Go the mighty Blues!!!!!!!!!!! @Nice Rette (wherever you are), congrats. Delighted they are through. Once again though - a little up and down from Brett and MCalister, as usual. Ali Williams you legend! Jerome, Lachy, John(Afoa) impressive. Nice to see the classiest (stuff you Saders fans) Kiwi provincial team performing! If the Blues were just more consistent.........damn.

      thumper - 2011-06-24 12:16

      Waratahs were never going to win this one. Even as a Stormers supporter I have to say that I wish the Bulls played this game against the Blues. I think it would have been a better game to watch!

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-24 12:25

      @Thumper - I really like the Blues as a team (always have...always will) So many characters have played for them over the years, and their disorganised, inconsistent yet sometimes incredible rugby has entertained me for years. Anyone loving the game, has to love these damn Blues. They remain my fave Kiwi team. Watching them is like a 'lucky dip' - you genuinely have no idea whats going to pop out. Entertainers is what they are - which is why (if there is no SA team in the setup) I will support them. Over the years, the Blues have also been the only team in Super rugby I haven't minded 'losing' to, as a Stormer fan.

      rugby_guru - 2011-06-24 12:32

      Well lets be honest, the Bulls should have lost at Home to the Tars, if they ref wasn't in their pocket with the 'head but' the Tars had the game, so if the Tars couldn't do it, no ways a second rate Bulls team could... Not a chance.. Least we can say we have beaten the Blues this season.

      BlueRaven - 2011-06-24 13:29

      @rugby_guru and the Sharks should have lost against the Cheetahs if the ref wasn't in their pocket

      Nico Rette - 2011-06-24 14:03

      Thanks SAFFA, Blues got the win even with all their silly mistakes. I always knew it would be a win, the Blues never fear Aussie teams. Was hoping Stowers would get more game time. At least we are still on track for a Stormers Blues final.

      Dave-the-bul - 2011-06-24 15:16

      @BlueRaven Right on Brother!!

  • Rob van den Heuvel - 2011-06-24 11:35

    If the play off between Sharks and Saders were to be played in Durban it would be a sell out! Sorry Sanzar, not smart! Judging by how poorly the Tahs played one has to worry about the quality of Ozzie rugby. Red were handed a home semi on a platter. SARU, you've got some serious thinking to do. My humble suggestion is make someone like John Robbie or Naas Botha head of SARU, that's sort those Ozzies out!

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-24 11:47

      @Rob - did you hear what John Robbie was saying on Boots and All RE: the Bok team (selections etc). I enjoy his opinions, and he makes valid points. He seems to be the ONLY SS presenter/guru who is not afraid of stating the obvious.

      Rob van den Heuvel - 2011-06-24 11:55

      Totally agree with you, more power to him. I particularly enjoyed his comment that this crazy Super 15 "conference" structure was implemented to boost the coffers of the Ozzie administrators. As this article says, Tahs ran out of players. Reds would do the same if they were forced to play in this round of the comp. My view is that we ( SA ) need a strong mind like JR or even Naas to get us out of being the Ozzie whipping boys. Our administrators are letting the players ( SA ), supporters and the sponsors down. Just my humble opinion.

      Hannes van der Linde - 2011-06-24 13:11

      SAF/Rob: Yeah, John had quite a go last night at the Aussies, the Sharks that are going to get Slaughtered, a competition within a competetion "Why I ask, why?"! haha. Hard hitting and straight to the point, no sugar coating, gotta love it!

  • jk - 2011-06-24 11:41

    rob, to make those two clown head of saru wont make a difference, if the majority votes you out you can be bill gates for that matter, jurie roux is a very sharp mind, the best we got, let me tell you that!!

      Rob van den Heuvel - 2011-06-24 11:59

      I agree that Jurie Roux is a sharp mind. It may take a while for him to fix the mess that SARU is in, he is still new in the job. Let's hope he too does not become another SA administrator who cant stand up to those ozzies.

  • Marcell - 2011-06-24 11:46

    I can see a all NZ final in couple weeks.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-24 12:01

      Do you see dead people as well @Marcell?

      Rob van den Heuvel - 2011-06-24 12:21

      @Marcell - are you by any chance a Bulls supporter?

      Ace Ventura - 2011-06-24 12:39

      I agree Marcell.

      Raka13 - 2011-06-24 12:59

      I can see clearly now the rain has gone

      Marcell - 2011-06-24 13:34

      Ek sien die kompetisie is nog nie verby nie. So, die beker is nog nie gewen nie. Tip. Wen eers die beker dan rek jy jou trap. Lekker aand. Crysaders by 13. Because they are the better team. For that reason only.

      Shistirrer - 2011-06-24 13:46

      Are those crystal balls hanging from the back of your bakkie, Marcell?

      Kok - 2011-06-24 13:52

      Totally agree Marcell

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-24 13:52

      @Shistirrer - ROTFLMAO

      Shaft-Your-Own - 2011-06-24 18:22

      Wouldn't that be great!!! Hehehehehehehehehe

      Kleinboet - 2011-06-25 00:53

      Marcell, earlier in the year the Bulls supporters gave the supporters of other teams grieve because they questioned the referee. Now you are doing the same thing ~ ages after your team lost to the Sharks who waw the better team on the day. I undertake not to blame the referee if the Stormers should loose the semi final or final. (1) It will not change the result (2) My team should be able to adjust to the referee's way of controlling the game if he shows some consistency (3) It is only a game and if we loose we will survive to play again (4) Loosing unfairly and still smiling, builds character. That is one of the reasons why the Stormers is showing such great character ~ they've been on the receiving end on many occasions! (5) I will leave the complaining to you; since you are clearly the expert in the field. Remember: If you want to complain, I except you to complain EVERYTIME a referee makes a mistake, no matter which team is prejudiced by it. After all, you are fair and consistent in your judgng of referee standards, not so?

  • Anneleen - 2011-06-24 12:45

    ...and if it turns out to be a SA vs NZ final, this Sharkster will support the Stormers.

      Shaft-Your-Own - 2011-06-24 18:21

      Anneleen is nie cool nie Hehehehehehe

  • jk - 2011-06-24 12:50

    annellleen, as die stormers nie die finaal wen nie of daarin speel nie wens ek al die ander spanne alle hel toe, daars net een blou en wit sarie!

      Anneleen - 2011-06-24 12:55

      @jk...baie dankie vir jou boodskap! Ek is seker die Stormers gaan jou trots maak!!

  • jk - 2011-06-24 12:59

    dankie annelleen, nou verstaan ons mekaar, natuurlik, die stormers met scalla aan die voorpunt gaan die land trots maak, want niemand anders kan nie.

      Anneleen - 2011-06-24 13:18

      ...daar moet ek ongelukkig met jou verskil, ek is 'n 100 % "pure-bred Sharkie" en hulle maak my alreeds trots...

      Anneleen - 2011-06-24 13:21

      ...en wat van die Sharks? Ek sien uit jou vorige kommentaar dat jy nie juis 'n sagte plekkie vir hulle het nie? Ek is "a one hundred percent bure-bred Sharkie" maar sal nooit die Stormers "crap" noem nie...

      Capso - 2011-06-24 13:22

      Vertel hulle!!!

      BlueRaven - 2011-06-24 13:37

      Anneleen moenie jou aan die Stormers steur nie, hulle boo tot hulle eie span

      Kleinboet - 2011-06-25 01:14

      BlueRaven, dis Bulls-ondersteuners wat geboe het! Stuur die reisgeld en ek sit hulle op die eerste beskikbare trein Pretoria toe. Dink net hoe lekker kan jy en hulle hand-om-die-blaas na elke wedstryd op Loftus saam gaan dop maak! Of hou jy nie van die idee dat daardie ouens jou span ondersteun nie? Hoekom sou dit wees?

  • jk - 2011-06-24 13:34

    anneleen, ek kan dit nie in my wildste drome wens om vir iemand anders as die wp en maties te huil, bloei, in rye te staan nie. en as daar iemand anders oor on unie se pad kom, moet on daaroor bulldoser. Ek geniet jou, maar weereens... say no more. persoonlik dink ek julle was met die londen game crap, asook in ander games, so waarom mag dit nie gese word nie?

  • jk - 2011-06-24 13:41

    asseblief blue raven, eks seker anneleen kan dit hanteer, syt elk geval gese sy gaan vir my kaartjies reel as die curie cup finaal in 2022 in durban is...

      Anneleen - 2011-06-24 14:05

      @jk...ja, ek kan die kommentaar hanteer...kan ek jou dalk regstel met die volgende... ...currie ...Sharks, you beauties!!!

  • Kok - 2011-06-24 13:48

    Well done Blues!!! All NZ final coming up in Auckland!!

      Nico Rette - 2011-06-24 14:28

      Keep dreaming. Gonna be Stormers Blues final. Saders will get smashed by either the Sharks or Stormers. We don't need well wishes from Saders fans, you should worry about your own team.

      jk - 2011-06-24 14:31

      kok, what time is it in lala land?

      Shaft-Your-Own - 2011-06-24 15:22

      Go Kokkie!!! Maybe the Blue Bulls supporters can support the Blues!! heheheheheheheh

      Shaft-Your-Own - 2011-06-24 18:19

      Kokkie for president!!!

  • jk - 2011-06-24 13:53

    kok, geweet jy gaan weer opduik uit die krake van n broken country. Wat rook julle ou pel? julle kan nie eers stadions vol maak as die kkartjies verniet is nie..

      Kok - 2011-06-24 14:20

      Dis koud daar in NZ bru. En die Eden Park is 2 keer groter as nuweland

      Grey B - 2011-06-24 14:32

      Kok, jy 'n idioot, Nuweland IS groter, Gaan google dit!

      Kok - 2011-06-24 16:00

      Grey B. Eden Park can take 60000 people and Newlands, 48000 people. Now make your sums.

      Northern Stormer - 2011-06-24 16:15

      Eden Park used to have a crowd capacity of 42,000 for cricket, and 47,500 for rugby.[3] This is the largest of any New Zealand sports arena. There are no standing areas. Temporary seating in front of the ASB Stand and the West Stand (usually only used for international rugby matches) is required for the capacity of 45,472 to be reached. Due to sight-screens and the larger area required for cricket matches, cricket capacity A $256 million redevelopment was completed in October 2010, providing a permanent capacity of 50,000 and ability to add a further 10,000 temporary seats for the 2011 Rugby World Cup finals AND Newlands Rugby Stadium, nestled in the leafy southern suburbs of Cape Town, is the headquarters of the DHLWP rugby team. The 3rd oldest stadium in world rugby, the grand old ground has a capacity of 48 000 and, with the tall stands in close proximity to the playing field, it is world renowned for its electric and intimidating atmosphere.

      Shaft-Your-Own - 2011-06-24 20:02

      Kokkie is heeltemal reg: 48,000 x 2 = 60,000 hehehehehehehehehehe

  • jk - 2011-06-24 14:20

    more anneleen, nee daars niks met my skattings verkeerd nie, dit sal 2022 wees actualy. julle sesteme is besig om uitmekkar te val. eens op n tyd was julle die mees winsgewende provinsie in sa, maar dit is oorgevat deur die wp, soos dit hoort

      Anneleen - 2011-06-24 14:54

      Ja, oor die winsgewende provinsie stem ek saam...maar die Sharks val nie uitmekaar...!

  • GedorieHans - 2011-06-24 14:36

    Can't wait for the Stormers to win this year's final at Newlands!!!!!!!

      Kok - 2011-06-24 14:51

      Currie cup final?

  • theStained - 2011-06-24 15:11

    not much of a surprise there...

  • Merle - 2011-06-24 15:42


  • Northern Stormer - 2011-06-24 16:36

    SEMI'S: Sharks vs Reds & Stormers vs Blues - FINAL: Sharks vs Stormers Newlands !!!! GO SHARKS !!!

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