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Preview – Blues v Chiefs

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Although the final has already been decided in this years Super Rugby Aotearoa, there will be still some huge pride to play for come Saturday when the Blues host the Chiefs at Eden Park.

Even with a bonus point win for the Blues the Chiefs still will face the Crusaders in the final with a count back of wins.

With Super Rugby Trans Tasman beginning in two weeks the Blues focus will be to take this game to prepare for the new tournament on the horizon.

This game will see two good packs take each other on on Saturday so do not expect anything then a brutal clash from the big men on the field.

In the pack the Blues have Tom Robinson back at the blindside and he will also lead the team in this one. Adrian Choat will take the place of the injured Papalii.

In the backs Christie comes back to start at number nine with Black with Tele’a getting another opportunity in the midfield.

Bryce Heem will earn his second start on the wing with Sullivan coming in at fullback.

On the bench the Blues also have quality with Tuungafasi and Akira Ioane who will make their impact felt in the second half.

The Chiefs who will have one eye on the final next week, have picked a youthful side with six debutants in their match-day 23.

Both Ollie Norris and Sione Mafileo have been promoted from the bench to start the match with Slater at hooker. In the second row Samipeni Finau and Josh Lord will start the match for the Chiefs.

Tongan Zane Kapeli will start on the side of the scrum with Viliami Taulani on the other side. At number eight Pita Gus Sowakula keeps his spot in the starting XV.

Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi will start alongside Glatland as the halfback pair with Rameka Poihipi and Sean Wainui in the midfield. Shaun Stevenson and Bailyn Sullivan will be on the wings with Kaleb Trask at fullback.

Ezekiel Lindenmuth, Joe Apikotoa,Reihana, Wrampling and Tom Florence will make their debuts from the bench this weekend for the Chiefs.

Teams:

Blues: 15 Zarn Sullivan, 14 Bryce Heem, 13 Rieko Ioane ©, 12 Tanielu Tele’a, 11 Caleb Clarke, 10 Otere Black, 9 Finlay Christie; 8 Hoskins Sotutu, 7 Adrian Choat, 6 Tom Robinson ©, 5 Sam Darry, 4 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Kurt Eklund, 1 Karl Tu’inukuafe.

Replacements: 16 Soane Vikena, 17 Ofa Tuungafasi, 18 Marcel Renata, 19 Josh Goodhue/Taine Plumtree, 20 Akira Ioane, 21 Sam Nock, 22 Harry Plummer, 23 AJ Lam.

Chiefs: 15 Kaleb Trask, 14 Bailyn Sullivan, 13 Sean Wainui (captain), 12 Rameka Poihipi, 11 Shaun Stevenson, 10 Bryn Gatland, 9 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 8 Pita Gus Sowakula, 7 Zane Kapeli, 6 Viliami Taulani, 5 Josh Lord, 4 Samipeni Finau, 3 Sione Mafileo, 2 Bradley Slater, 1 Ollie Norris.

Replacements: 16 Nathan Harris, 17 Ezekiel Lindenmuth, 18 Joe Apikotoa, 19 Liam Messam, 20 Tom Florence, 21 Xavier Roe, 22 Rivez Reihana, 23 Gideon Wrampling.

 

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