Yet another game that should be close but will end up NOT being close.
I will stick my head out here and say that the Blues’ Rene Ranger will be one of at least three try scorers for the Blues. The Stormers have an awesome defensive record thusfar having only let in 6 tries in 7 games this season. You just have to look at names like Ranger, Toeava and Rokocoko and you will see that the Stormers are going to have their work cut out for them.
Then again when I make bold predictions, I seldom get them right. Then there is the further fact that Dickinson has refereed the Stormers 10 times and they have only won on 1 of those occasions.
Ref: Stuart Dickinson
ARs: Chris Pollock, Matthew Stanish
TMO: Glenn Newman
Venue: Eden Park, Auckland
Kick-off: 07:30 SA time, 05:30 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 Charlie Faumuina.
Replacements: 16 Tom McCartney, 17 Tevita Mailau, 18 Filo Paulo, 19 Peter Saili, 20 Chris Smylie, 21 Luke McAlister, 22 Paul Williams.
Stormers: 15 Gio Aplon, 14 Sireli Naqelevuki, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Juan de Jongh, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 François Louw, 6 Schalk Burger (captain), 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Adriaan Fondse, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 JD Moller.
Replacements: 16 Deon Fourie, 17 Eusebio Guinazu, 18 Anton van Zyl, 19 Pieter Louw, 20 Ricky Januarie, 21 Willem de Waal, 22 Tim Whitehead.