The first game of the weekend sees the Reds travel to Auckland to take on the Blues, a game which many will feel the Blues might just actually win, but with the Reds hitting some form in recent weeks, it will in all likelihood end up being another close game.
The Blues have only won one match so far this season, and that at Loftus of all places, and with the team still without Keven Mealamu, Luke Braid will captain the side. The centre combination of Ma’a Nonu and Rene Ranger could wreak havoc should they get some decent ball.
The Reds have another flyhalf this weekend, with the return of Ben Lucas to the starting line-up following the season ending injury to Sam Lane. We also see the long awaited return of Anthony Faingaa to the bench, where he is sure to see a few minutes later in the game.
Blues: 15. Hadleigh Parkes, 14. George Moala, 13. Rene Ranger, 12. Ma’a Nonu, 11. Rudi Wulf, 10. Gareth Anscombe, 9. Piri Weepu, 8. Peter Saili, 7. Luke Braid (Captain), 6. Daniel Braid, 5. Ali Williams, 4. Filo Paulo, 3. Charlie Faumuina, 2. Tom McCartney, 1. Tevita Mailau
Replacements: 16. James Parsons, 17. Pauliasi Manu, 18. Liaki Moli, 19. Chris Lowrey, 20. Alby Mathewson, 21. Michael Hobbs, 22. Benson Stanley
Reds: 15. Luke Morahan, 14. Dom Shipperley, 13. Digby Ioane, 12. Mike Harris, 11. Rod Davies, 10. Ben Lucas, 9. Will Genia, 8. Scott Higginbotham, 7. Liam Gill, 6. Beau Robinson, 5. James Horwill (Captain), 4. Rob Simmons, 3. James Slipper, 2. James Hanson, 1. Ben Daley
Replacements: 16. Albert Anae, 17. Greg Holmes, 18. Adam Wallace-Harrison, 19. Jake Schatz, 20. Ed Quirk, 21. Nick Frisby, 22. Anthony FaingaaTweet