Blues’ Head Coach David Nucifora has made one change to his starting 15 for Sunday’s match against the Force.
“Consistency has been a big factor of our campaign to date and having assessed the players after their travel home from South Africa, everybody’s in good form,” Nucifora says.
“Anthony Boric has been given the starting spot at No.4 this week. He has performed well off the bench so far this season and deserves this opportunity. Given Kurtis Haiu’s form this season, he will make a major impact later in the game.
The Blues’ official website reports that Flanker Daniel Braid is likely to play for the Blues’ Development team in Saturday’s curtain raiser against the Wellington Development team (kick off 2.40pm).
“The decision to keep Daniel Braid out of the line-up this week is to give him some much-needed game time and a decent hit-out before throwing him into the mix. Daniel commits himself 100% every time he plays and having not played a game for several months, a development game this week is the sensible option,” Nucifora says .
“It is the ideal vehicle to ease Braidy back in and also to give the guys outside the playing 22 some valuable match practice.”
Blues team to take on the Force
Starting XV: 1 Tony Woodcock, 2 Keven Mealamu, 3 John Afoa, 4 Anthony Boric, 5 Troy Flavell (Capt), 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. Nick White, 18. Kurtis Haiu, 19. Onosa’i Tololima-Auva’a, 20. Taniela Moa, 21. Rudi Wulf, 22. George Pisi.