Richard Ferguson

Blues continue to make changes

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 12 Apr 2012 at 09:00
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Blues coach Pat Lam has made a few changes to his team to face the Sharks this Friday, after a week of allegations, speculation and just plain blame being seen in the media. Pat Lam still has his job though, and the players have openly backed him, and they are going to come out to face the Sharks guns blazing.

The Braid brothers are both fit and will both start against the Sharks after Daniel was forced to withdraw from the team last week, and Luke able to start again after his suspension. There are two debutants in the team, lock Liaki Moli joins Filo Paulo in the second row, a far cry from the Ali Williams and Anthony Boric combination we are used to seeing.

The second new starter is winger Hadleigh Parkes, who is on the wing in place of an injured David Raikuna, but joins a back three of Rene Ranger and Rudi Wulf, who has all the experience and pace in the book.

The unfit Piri Weepu will again sit on the bench while Alby Mathewson and Gareth Anscombe continue in the halfbacks. The midfield battle of Nonu and Stanley against Whitehead and Pietersen should make for interesting viewing.

Blues: 1. Tony Woodcock 2. Keven Mealamu (C) 3. Charlie Faumuina 4. Liaki Moli 5. Filo Paulo 6. Luke Braid 7. Dan Braid 8. Chris Lowrey 9. Alby Mathewson 10. Gareth Anscombe 11. Rene Ranger 12. Ma’a Nonu 13. Benson Stanley 14. Hadleigh Parkes 15. Rudi Wulf

Reserves: 16. Tom McCartney 17. Tevita Mailau 18. Ali Williams 19. Peter Saili 20. Piri Weepu 21. Michael Hobbs 22. George Moala


  • And another game I’ll not be watching, friday, working..
    Missing so much this year..
    But its almost time for the boys to come back home

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.04.12 09:11:21 by Franshark Reply
  • We expect nothing less than a win.

    We have an incredible record against the Blues, home and away.

    Two wins on tour is the absolute minimum.

    However, this year, I will sadly admit that the reality may be different.

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.04.12 09:16:29 by siorc Reply

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  • remember that Liaki Moli bashing the Baby Boks all over the place at the 2010 JWC,think it was that ridiculously 1 sided semi-final where Julian Savea scored a brace I think,we had a rubbish pack,two rubbish locks in Sebestian de Chaves and Kene Okafor,the best lock wasn’t even in the 22,Peet Marais,we had a pretty useless blindside flanker Fanie van der Walt,but Kolisi did ok at opensider ,CJ Stander looked a shadow of the player who played for the Baby Boks the previous year. The only member of the pack who I can say should’ve left that match with his head held was Marcel van der Merwe and Terra Mthembu who made a great impact of the bench. Backline was a pretty sorry state of affairs as well, Louis Schreuder at 9,don’t know what people saw in him then,don’t what they see in him now. Elton Jantjies was also quite poor in that match,passes that didn’t go to hand and breaks that resulted in absolutely nothing cause he isolated himself,Mjekevu at 11 was struggling against a superior Julian Savea (Sbura was on the bench by the way and I desperately wanted him to go on),12 Branco du Preez,really what the hell was Sauls thinking against Charlie Ngatai who was quite big,way to small to ever make an impact at 12,was woefully exposed on defence. The other man to come out of that match with his head held high,brilliant on defence,did pretty well on attack with the limited opportunities he got,the ball always seemed to be messed up between Schreuder,Jantjies and Du Preez(way too much crash ball for a man of his size),but Jaco Taute did well at 13. Nico Scheepers at 14 was nowhere,typical Louis Ludik performance against the Canes. 15. The ever so cool,calm and collected Lambie had very limited opportunities because of the infamous 3 who messed up everything,defended manfully and contributed significantly with the boot,was just a kak game

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.04.12 09:40:05 by Ludz Reply

  • Guys keep your cool – dont let the Blues hustle you into a temper. Walk away from the skirmishes and stick to the plan (win).We know you can do it. Now go prove it to yourselves.

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.04.12 09:45:45 by Caratacus Reply


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