The Western Force travel to Auckland with a new lease of life after having won their last two matches.
After being winless until the week before last and now having won two matches on the trot, the Western Force will have their tails up. Sharks fans will certainly be supporting them this morning. A win by the Force improves the Sharks’ chances of moving higher up the log.
The Blues will be smarting from their defeat at the hands of the Stormers after seeing off the Bulls convincingly the week before.
Ref: Keith Brown (New Zealand)
ARs: Vinny Munro (New Zealand), Shane McDermott (New Zealand)
TMO: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)
Venue: Eden Park, Auckland
Kick-off: 07:30 SA Time, 05:30 GMT
Blues: 15 Isaia Toeava, 14 Joe Rokocoko, 13 Benson Stanley, 12 Luke McAlister, 11 Rudi Wulf, 10 Stephen Brett, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Viliami Ma’afu, 7 Tom Chamberlain, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Filo Paulo, 4 Kurtis Haiu, 3 John Afoa/Tevita Mailau, 2 Keven Mealamu (captain), 1 Tony Woodcock / Michael Reid.
Replacements: 16 Tom McCartney, 17 Tevita Mailau, 18 Andrew van der Heijden, 19 Peter Saili, 20 Chris Smylie, 21 Rene Ranger, 22 Paul Williams.
Western Force: 15 James O’Connor, 14 Mark Bartholomeusz, 13 Mitch Inman, 12 Ryan Cross, 11 Cameron Shepherd, 10 David Hill, 9 Chris O’Young, 8 Richard Brown, 7 David Pocock, 6 Matt Hodgson, 5 Nathan Sharpe (captain), 4 Tom Hockings, 3 Tim Fairbrother, 2 Nathan Charles, 1 Nic Henderson.
Replacements: 16 Ben Whittaker, 17 Matt Dunning, 18 Sam Wykes, 19 Ben McCalman, 20 Justin Turner, 21 Sam Harris, 22 Nick Cummins.