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Ifs and buts for the Tahs

The Tahs can beat the Bulls if they take their chances.

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Eden Park, Auckland, Friday 5.35pm (AEST)
Last meeting:
Round 3 2011 - Blues 41 bt Lions 32 at Coca-Cola Park, Johannesburg.
Head-to-head:
Played 16 Blues 12 Lions 4
In Auckland: Played 5 Blues 5 Lions 0
Referee: Angus Gardner (AUS)
TV:
Live, FoxSports 3
TAB Sportsbet:
Blues $1.20 Lions $4.20

Greg Growden writes: Greg Growden writes: Blues coach Pat Lam is on his last legs, but at least there should be some joy tonight. If the Blues can't beat the Lions, they can't beat anyone- and considering the amount of experience they possess a victory should be relatively easy. Then again...

AAP writes: With last round’s loss, their ninth of the season, the Blues are already looking to 2013 and admit they will soon advertise coach Pat Lam’s job. However against the 14th-ranked side - one above the last-placed Blues - the home side might actually crack the seven-game run of defeats. The Lions won’t make it easy, doing themselves proud against the Chiefs. The Blues will need to play with some heart to stop the Lions big men, particularly after prop Tony Woodcock failed to come up.  Perhaps the midweek re-signings of Charlie Faumuina, Luke Braid and Tom McCartney will give them a much-needed boost.

BLUES: Hadleigh Parkes, David Raikuna, Ma'a Nonu, Michael Hobbs, Benson Stanley, Gareth Anscombe, Piri Weepu, Peter Saili, Daniel Braid, Luke Braid (c), Ali Williams, Liaki Moli, Charlie Faumuina, Tom McCartney, Tevita Mailau. Reserves: James Parsons, Angus Ta'avao, Filo Paulo, Steven Luatua, Alby Mathewson, Lachie Munro, Sherwin Stowers.

LIONS: Andries Coetzee, Deon Van Rensburg, Lionel Mapoe, Jaco Taute, Michael Killian, Elton Jantjies, Ross Cronje, Joshua Strauss (c), Grant Hattingh, Derick Minnie, Ruan Botha, Franco Van der Merwe, Patric Cilliers, Callie Visagie, JC Janse van Rensburg. Reserves: Martin Bezuidenhout, CJ Van der Linde, Cobus Grobbelaar, Jaco Kriel, Tian Meyer, Ruan Combrinck, James Kamana.

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Expert tips

Fairfax's panel of experts's tips for round 18.

Reds v Chiefs

Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Sunday 4.10pm (AEST)

Stormers v Cheetahs

Newlands Stadium, Cape Town, Sunday 3.10am (AEST)

Sharks v Force

Mr Price Kings Park, Durban, Sunday 1.05am (AEST)

Rebels v Crusaders

AAMI Park, Melbourne, Saturday 7.40pm(AEST)

Highlanders v Hurricanes

Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, Saturday 5.35pm (AEST)

NSW Waratahs v Bulls

Allianz Stadium, Sydney, Friday 7.40pm (AEST)

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Sat, 19 SepTimes shown AEST
ENG 0vs FJI 0 05:00Twic
TGA 0vs GEO 0 21:00Kholm
IRE 0vs CAN 0 23:30MilS
Sun, 20 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs JPN 0 01:45Brig
FRA 0vs ITA 0 05:00Twic
SAM 0vs USA 0 21:00Brig
WAL 0vs URU 0 23:30MilS
Mon, 21 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs ARG 0 01:45Wemb
Wed, 23 SepTimes shown AEST
SCO 0vs JPN 0 23:30Kholm
Thu, 24 SepTimes shown AEST
AUS 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
FRA 0vs ROM 0 05:00The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Fri, 25 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs NAM 0 05:00The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Sat, 26 SepTimes shown AEST
ARG 0vs GEO 0 01:45Kholm
ITA 0vs CAN 0 23:30Ella
Sun, 27 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs SAM 0 01:45Villa
ENG 0vs WAL 0 05:00Twic
AUS 0vs URU 0 21:00Villa
SCO 0vs USA 0 23:30Ella
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IRE 0vs ROM 0 01:45Wemb
Wed, 30 SepTimes shown AEST
TGA 0vs NAM 0 01:45Sand
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WAL 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
FRA 0vs CAN 0 05:00stadium:mk
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NZL 0vs GEO 0 05:00MilS
SAM 0vs JPN 0 23:30stadium:mk
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SAF 0vs SCO 0 01:45St James' Park
ENG 0vs AUS 0 06:00Twic
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ARG 0vs TGA 0 00:30KPS
IRE 0vs ITA 0 02:45The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Wed, 07 OctTimes shown AEDT
CAN 0vs ROM 0 02:45KPS
FJI 0vs URU 0 06:00stadium:mk
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AUS 0vs WAL 0 02:45Twic
ENG 0vs URU 0 06:00Manch
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FRA 0vs IRE 0 02:45MilS
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WinD 0vs RUpC 0 23:00MilS
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