Round 2 of the 2012 Super Rugby campaign is opened by an All Black derby, with the Chiefs hosting the Blues in Hamilton. Both teams will be out to win their first match of the competition, and the game should be an open affair with quite a few tries scored.
The Chiefs have seen some injury concerns this week, but have still named one of the most exciting backlines in the competition this year, with the centre combination of Williams and Kahui looking particularly dangerous. World Cup winning flyhalf Aaron Cruden will be tasked with setting this backline alight.
Talking of exciting backlines, the Blues boast a backline that can hardly be matched, with the exception of an inexperienced pivot who has to run the show. If the ball can go wide, expect the likes of Wulf, Ranger and Toeava to burn a few defenders.
All in all, it should be a very good match to watch, with the Blues experience coming through to take the victory.
Chiefs: 15. Robbie Robinson, 14. Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 13. Richard Kahui, 12. Sonny Bill Williams, 11. Tim Nanai-Williams, 10. Aaron Cruden, 9. Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8. Kane Thompson, 7. Tanerau Latimer, 6. Liam Messam (Captain), 5. Brodie Retallick, 4. Craig Clarke, 3. Ben Tameifuna, 2. Mahonri Schwalger, 1. Sona Taumalolo
Replacements: 16. Hikawera Elliott, 17. Shane Cleaver, 18. Fritz Lee, 19. Sam Cane, 20. Augustine Pulu, 21. Andrew Horrell, 22. Declan O`Donnell
Blues: 15. Isaia Toeava, 14. David Raikuna, 13. Rene Ranger, 12. Benson Stanley, 11. Rudi Wulf, 10. Michael Hobbs, 9. Alby Mathewson, 8. Jerome Kaino, 7. Daniel Braid, 6. Chris Lowrey, 5. Ali Williams, 4. Anthony Boric, 3. Charlie Faumuina / Tevita Mailau, 2. Keven Mealamu (Captain), 1. Tom McCartney
Replacements: 16. Pauliasi Manu, 17. Angus Ta’avao, 18. Brad Mika, 19. Luke Braid, 20. Piri Weepu, 21. Gareth Anscombe, 22. Sherwin StowersTweet