For sure one of the matches in round 1 of this years competition when the Crusaders play the Blues on Saturday.
Even with a few All Blacks out of the match-day squad, the Crusaders coach Robertson have put a strong team together as they start their defence of the title.
Any team that can put two All Black props on the bench have proper depth in their squad.
The Blues is under new management again this year and some old faces that are returning to Super Rugby in Ma’a Nonu who partner TJ Faiane in the Blues midfield.
The Blues are long overdue for a proper Super Rugby season and their ‘Die Hard’ supporters will be hoping this is the year.
A good start against the Crusaders will go a long way to make 2019 the season that sees the Blues rise to their former glory.
If you look at the Blues team, you quickly realise that this is not a bad team on paper, the only thing that has been lacking for years now is putting it all together on the field.
The Blues also have the luxury of having All Black Sonny Bill Williams on the bench to bring on later in the match.
Robertson stated that he thought that the Blues will go that way with Williams and Nonu but he decided he want to get his combo’s in right away.
He is resting some of his All Blacks so there is no Sam Whitelock, Kieran Read or Codie Taylor for Saturday.
Jack Goodhue will also not be on the field due to a tight groin.
In New Zealand there is a huge hype around this game and both coaches are hoping that the supporters pack the stadium on Saturday.
Prediction: O how we like to give this to the Blues….but the head say Crusaders by 6
15 Michael Collins, 14 Melani Nanai, 13 Ma’a Nonu, 12 TJ Faiane, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Otere Black, 9 Jonathan Ruru, 8 Akira Ioane, 7 Dalton Papalii, 6 Tom Robinson, 5 Josh Goodhue, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu (captain), 3 Sione Mafileo, 2 James Parsons, 1 Alex Hodgman
Repacements: 16 Matt Moulds, 17 Karl Tu’inukuafe, 18 Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 19 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 20 Matt Matich, 21 Augustine Pulu, 22 Harry Plummer, 23 Sonny Bill Williams
15 David Havili, 14 Manasa Mataele, 13 Braydon Ennor, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Whetukamokamo Douglas, 7 Matt Todd (captain), 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Quinten Strange, 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Andrew Makalio, 1 Joe Moody
Repacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Tim Perry, 18 Michael Alaalatoa, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Tom Sanders, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 Will Jordan