The Blues who travel to Wellington this weekend could move to the top of the log with a good win. Even if it will probably only be overnight.
The Blues are currently sitting in 5th position on the log just four points behind the Hurricanes. The Bulls and the Sharks are three points and one point ahead of the Blues respectively. A Blues win will open the gate for the Bulls and Sharks to go 1st and 2nd on the log if they can manage to win their matches and the Stormers step up to the plate for a victory over the Chiefs.
Will the Blues show that they have enough depth and win this match despite having an entirely new loose trio?
Or will the Hurricanes show that being top of the log is no fluke?
Venue: Westpack Stadium, Wellington
Kick-off: 19:35 Local Time, 09:35 SA Time
Referee: Chris Pollock (New Zealand)
ARs: Bryce Lawrence (New Zealand), Mike Fraser (New Zealand)
TMO: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)
15 Tamati Ellison, 14 Zac Guildford, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 David Smith, 10 Willie Ripia, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Rodney So’oialo (captain), 7 Scott Waldrom, 6 Victor Vito, 5 Jason Eaton, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Neemia Tialata, 2 Andrew Hore, 1 John Schwalger.
16 Ged Robinson, 17 Jacob Ellison, 18 Bryn Evans, 19 Api Naikatini, 20 Piri Weepu, 21 Jason Kawau, 22 Robert Fruean.
15 Rudi Wulf, 14 Rene Ranger, 13 Anthony Tuitavake, 12 Isaia Toeava, 11 Joe Rokocoko, 10 Jimmy Gopperth, 9 Taniela Moa, 8 Jerome Kaino, 7 Tom Chamberlain, 6 Kurtis Haiu, 5 Ali Williams, 4 Jay Williams, 3 Tevita Mailau, 2 Keven Mealamu, 1 Tony Woodcock.
16 Tom McCartney, 17 Charlie Faumuina, 18 Dean Budd, 19 Peter Saili, 20 Grayson Hart, 21 Michael Hobbs, 22 Paul Williams.