The Blues welcome the Brumbies to Auckland.
I’m not sure how much of a welcome it will be though. The Blues will be happy to have Isaia Toeava back in the side but they will NOT be happy whit where they are on the log. Game in hand or not!
The Brumbies have lost Stirling Mortlock. Tyrone Smith me well be a well qualified replacement, but he ain’t no Mortlock.
One of OUR very best is out there to help the Kiwis control the game today.
Ref: Mark Lawrence (South Africa)
ARs: Garratt Williamson (New Zealand), Matthew Stanish (New Zealand)
TMO: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)
Venue: Eden Park, Auckland
Kick-off: 08:35 SA Time; 06.35 GMT
Blues: 15 Isaia Toeava, 14 Joe Rokocoko, 13 Rene Ranger, 12 Benson Stanley, 11 Rudi Wulf, 10 Stephen Brett, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Viliami Ma’afu, 7 Serge Lilo, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Anthony Boric, 4 Kurtis Haiu, 3 John Afoa, 2 Keven Mealamu, 1 Tony Woodcock.
Replacements: 16 Tom McCartney, 17 Charlie Faumuina, 18 Filo Paulo, 19 Peter Saili, 20 Chris Smylie, 21 Dan Kirkpatrick, 22 Paul Williams.
Brumbies: 15 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 14 Pat McCabe, 13 Tyrone Smith, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Francis Fainifo, 10 Matt Giteau, 9 Josh Valentine, 8 Stephen Hoiles, 7 George Smith, 6 Rocky Elsom, 5 Mark Chisholm, 4 Ben Hand, 3 Salesi Maafu, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Ben Alexander.
Replacements: 16 Huia Edmonds, 17 Jerry Yanuyanutawa, 18 Justin Harrison, 19 Mitchell Chapman, 20 Patrick Phibbs, 21 Matt Toomua, 22 Andrew Smith.