Moana Pasifika eye opportunity for famous win at Eden Park

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The sides are at opposite ends of the points table; the Blues improved to fourth last week, while Moana Pasifika has been stuck at the bottom. Get your TICKETS HERE for the battle of the 09.

Wet conditions could reduce the attacking bent the Blues like to employ and allow Moana Pasifika an opening as they seek the Blues' try-scoring potency.

However, Moana Pasifika will be allowed no margin for error, and they will be up against a solid Blues defensive line that has conceded the second-fewest tries per game (2.8) in the competition, only just behind the Chiefs on 2.4. At the same time, Moana Pasifika s leaked the most tries per game with 6.6.

The Blues are the second most effective tackling unit with 18.6 missed tackles, while Moana Pasifika has missed 23.7 in sixth.

The Blues lead the competition in carries 135 to 114.6 by Moana Pasifika, who is sixth; metres carried 998.6 to 808.6 (6th), and line breaks 8.3 to 5.9 (7th).

However, Moana Pasifika leads the competition in defenders beaten with 30.1, while the Blues are third with 27.3. Leading the charge for Moana Pasifika is centre Levi Aumua who has made 89 carries to sit fourth in the competition, with Willie Havili ninth with 84. Hoskins Sotutu is second overall with 103 carries for the Blues.

Aumua is fourth in metres gained with 824 and leads the competition in defenders beaten with 52, three ahead of second-placed Mark Telea from the Blues on 49, and his third-placed teammate Timoci Tavatavanawai who has beaten 48 defenders.

The Blues are the second most disciplined side conceding an average of 9.8 per game compared to 11.3 for the ninth-placed Moana Pasifika.

The Blues are also better performed in set piece play with their lineout success 86.4-83.4 and scrum success 94.4 to 77.1, the lowest in the competition.

However, the visitors have conceded fewer turnovers 11.6-12.8 while closely matched in ruck success, 95.7 for the Blues to 95.4.

Elsewhere in the competition, the Chiefs are looking to make it 10 our of 10 when they travel south to face the Highlanders at 7.05pm on Friday night. The Highlanders are welcoming back players from injury and will be desperate to upset the Chiefs and stay in the top eight. Get your TICKETS HERE.

There are four massive games on Saturday with the Fijian Drua hosting the at 2.05pm NZT in Suva. The game will have massive implications on the Hurricanes quest for a home playoff and for the Drua’s chances of sneaking back into the top eight.

The Crusaders host the Western Force in an afternoon clast at Orangetheory Stadium on Saturday. Kicking off at 4.35pm, the Crusaders will be searching for a bonus-point win to keep their home play off hopes alive. Get your TICKETS HERE.

Next up sees the Blues and Moana Pasifika tangle at Eden Park at 7.05pm before Super Saturday is rounded out with the rivalry clash between the Queensland Reds and NSW Waratahs at Queensland Country Bank Stadium. Watch LIVE on Sky Sport at 9.35pm.

The final game of the round comes from AAMI Park in Melbourne where the Rebels host the high-flying ACT Brumbies on Sunday at 4.35pm NZT.


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