Blues’ Head Coach David Nucifora has made two changes to his starting 15 for Sunday’s match against the Sharks.
The Blues’ website writes, “The only changes this week are in our backline where Anthony Tuitavake comes back into the starting team for Rudi Wulf. The team is lucky to have such great choices in this position and the performance of Rudi last week made this week’s choices incredibly difficult,” Nucifora says.
“Anthony has been in great form and deserves his starting spot while Rudi will play a major part in the game countering the effect of the Sharks’ bench.”
Nucifora has selected Ben Atiga at fullback to replace Isa Nacewa.
“After Isa’s unfortunate injury we felt that Ben (right) deserved the opportunity after working hard through the off season and impressing with his displays off the bench in the initial three rounds.
“We’re lucky to have a player of his experience to step into Isa’s position. We also considered George Pisi and Ice (Isaia Toeava) to cover fullback but felt Ben deserved his chance to take this opportunity.
“We’re looking forward to this weeks game as we feel it will be the best indicator as to where we are. Kings Park is a great place to play and we don’t need the disappointments of last season to motivate us for Saturday.”
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Blues: 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 Ben Atiga.
Replacements:16. Tom McCartney, 17. Bronson Murray, 18. Bryn Evans, 19. Onosa’i Tololima-Auva’a, 20. Taniela Moa, 21. Rudi Wulf, 22. George Pisi.