Blues’ Head Coach David Nucifora has named the same starting fifteen from last week for the match against the Lions.
“The team is generally pretty happy with last week’s performance for a first round match and this week’s selection is based on remaining consistent,” Nucifora says. “We are fortunate to have no injuries onboard and the players have recovered well from the heavy travel schedule.”
The Blues’ official website reports that the only change on the bench sees debutant Bryn Evans selected as locking cover.
“It’s early in the season and a good opportunity to give Bryn some time on the field. He is physically big and that is beneficial for us in this match,” Nucifora says.
Starting XV: 1 Tony Woodcock, 2 Keven Mealamu, 3 John Afoa, 4 Kurtis Haiu, 5 Troy Flavell ©, 6 Jerome Kaino, 7 Justin Collins, 8 Nick Williams, 9 Danny Lee, 10 Nick Evans, 11 Joe Rokocoko, 12 Benson Stanley, 13 Isaia Toeava, 14 Anthony Tuitavake, 15 Isa Nacewa.
Replacements:. 16. Tom McCartney, 17. Nick White, 18. Bryn Evans, 19. Onosa’i Tololima-Auva’a, 20. Taniela Moa, 21. Ben Atiga, 22. Rudi Wulf.