In game 2 of the 2009 Super 14 it is the Kiwis’ turn to travel as the Blues travel to a sweltering Perth to face the Western Force.
The Force has been suffering with some internal power struggles during the pre season build up. They will hope to be able to put this all behind them as they try and gel as a team, ON the field.
The Blues had an awesome 3 from 3 start last season and then fell apart mid season, losing 5 matches in 7 weeks. They will be hoping for a similar start to last season.
Will the Force have to request a report on their playing ability on Saturday morning? Or will the Blues be praying for the return of Nick Evans?
Venue: Subiaco Oval, Perth
Kick-off: 19.45 Local Time – 12:45 SA Time
Referee: Bryce Lawrence (New Zealand)
ARs: Nathan Pearce (Australia), Julian Pritchard (Australia)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)
15 Paul Williams, 14 Anthony Tuitavake, 13 Isaia Toeava, 12 Benson Stanley, 11 Rene Ranger, 10 Tasesa Lavea, 9 Taniela Moa, 8 Chris Lowrey, 7 Onosai’i Auva’a, 6 Justin Collins, 5 Anthony Boric, 4 Kurtis Haiu, 3 John Afoa, 2 Keven Mealamu (captain), 1 Tony Woodcock.
16 Tom McCartney, 17 Charlie Faumuina, 18 Dean Budd, 19 Peter Saili, 20 Chris Smylie, 21 Jimmy Gopperth, 22 Jamie Helleur.
15 Cameron Shepherd, 14 Haig Sare, 13 Ryan Cross, 12 Josh Tatupu, 11 Drew Mitchell, 10 Matt Giteau, 9 Chris O’Young, 8 Richard Brown, 7 David Pocock, 6 Tamaiti Horua, 5 Nathan Sharpe (captain), 4 Pat O’Connor, 3 AJ Whalley, 2 Tai McIsaac, 1 Pek Cowan.
16 Luke Holmes, 17 Troy Takiari, 18 Tom Hockings, 19 Matt Hodgson, 20 James O’Connor, 21 Nick Cummins, 22 Dane Haylett-Petty.