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The Blues and the Highlanders suffered demoralizing defeats last time out, as the home side suffered a red card at the half-time whistle, which led to them conceding six tries, coming away with no points from their fixture against the Chiefs.
The Highlanders were pipped at the post meanwhile after letting a big lead slip against the Crusaders last weekend.
The Highlanders are in a desperate position at the moment after two losing home games consecutively, which leaves at the bottom of the New Zealand Conference with one point and if they don’t pick up their game, they will be left behind in a Conference full of quality sides.
The Blues are in a slightly better position considering they have a win under their belt. They sit on five points and are fourth on the table, which isn’t ideal considering the form of the Hurricanes and Chiefs but could catch up with a win this weekend.
The Blues won their last game against the Highlanders and will be aiming to win consecutive games against the Dunedin side for the first time since a run of six wins in a row between 2007 and 2011. The Blues have not done well against their countrymen of late though, after losing 16 of their last 17 against New Zealand sides including the last six in a row.
They will take solace in the fact that this will be the Blues’ first home game this season, and they ended 2016 with a run of five wins in their last six games at home, four of those victories coming by eight points or fewer though.
Blues coach Tana Umaga explained he wants All Black centre George Moala to hit the Highlanders up the middle.
“We want them to communicate and be options for our 10’s and be physical,” Umaga told Stuff.
“That’s what he brings; he adds a bit more to that. We’ve been very happy with the way George has come back with his experience with the All Blacks and from his injury.
“The times he’s come off the bench for us he’s been very good so he’s earned his way back in.”
Blues: 15 Michael Collins, 14 Matt Duffie, 13 Rieko Ioane, 12 George Moala, 11 Rene Ranger, 10 Ihaia West, 9 Augustine Pulu, 8 Murphy Taramai, 7 Blake Gibson, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Patrick Tuipulotu, 4 Jimmy Tupou, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 James Parsons (c), 1 Pauliasi Manu
Replacements: 16 Matt Moulds, 17 Sam Prattley, 18 Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 19 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 20 Akira Ioane/Kara Pryor, 21 Billy Guyton, 22 Piers Francis, 23 Melani Nanai
Highlanders: 15 Richard Buckman, 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Rob Thompson, 11 Tevita Li, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 Elliot Dixon (c), 6 Gareth Evans, 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Alex Ainley, 3 Siosuia Halanukonuka, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Daniel Lienert-Brown
Replacemets: 16 Sekonia Pole, 17 Aki Seiuli, 18 Siate Tokolahi, 19 Joe Wheeler, 20 Jackson Hemopo, 21 Dillon Hunt, 22 Kayne Hammington, 23 Marty Banks