Coach David Nucifora has made three changes to the Blues’ squad to take on the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.
The Blues’ Official Website reports that Rudi Wulf will start on the right wing ahead of Anthony Tuitavake, who drops back to the reserves. Bronson Murray replaces Nick White as the prop reserve, and Anthony Boric is on the bench as lock cover instead of Bryn Evans.
Nucifora says Wulf’s selection was deserved after his sharp performances off the bench.
“We are very happy with Anthony’s form so far and he played very well against the Lions. But we felt after two games that we would give Rudi a run and see how he goes. Selections for wingers is very tight as we have some outstanding players to choose from,” Nucifora says.
Nucifora says selection continuity is crucial at this stage of the campaign.
“We are only two games into the season and it is has been an advantage to come to South Africa when the players are fresh and injury-free. So continuity is very important at the moment as resting players and giving others a go is something we can look at later on.”
Nucifora is happy with the progress made so far in South Africa.
“After two good wins there is a good feeling in the group, and the team is very positive and looking to build on what they did last week. We just need to ensure we do not get too enthusiastic and throw 50-50 passes,” he says.
“We need to be more ruthless on attack as under the new rules keeping possession against fatigued teams is a key factor. Patience is vital.”
Despite the Cheetahs losing their opening two games, Nucifora is not taking them lightly.
“They are very well organised and play with more structure and pattern to their game than most of the South African teams. They are the current Currie Cup champions so have a lot going for them.”
Blues team to take on the Cheetahs
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 Rudi Wulf, 15 Isa Nacewa.
Replacements: 16. Tom McCartney, 17. Bronson Murray, 18. Anthony Boric, 19. Onosa’i Tololima-Auva’a, 20. Taniela Moa, 21. Ben Atiga, 22. Anthony Tuitavake.Tweet