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The Blues have only the one win in the competition to date but took loser’s bonus points from their losses to the Crusaders (22-24) and the Jaguares (19-23). They lost away in Durban to the Sharks (7-26) but beat the Sunwolves (28-20) in their last outing. The Highlanders started with two wins, over the Chiefs (30-27) and the Reds (36-31) before losing to the Rebels (19-24) and the Hurricanes (22-25). Their scheduled game with the Crusaders was abandoned last week results in two points for the shared result.
If statistics count for anything the Blues can go into the game with a degree of confidence that they are well placed to pressure the Highlanders. The Blues lead the competition with carries at 145 to 99.4 from the Highlanders. In metres made they are fifth with 423.5 compared to 328 while they have made 8.8 clean breaks compared to 7.6. They have beaten 25.5 defenders to 14.8 and they have 11 offloads to 6.6. Their tackle percentage is 86-83, their tackles 100.3 to 93.2 and their missed tackles are 16.5 compared to 19.6. Of concern to them is their turnovers conceded at 15 to 13.5.
The Highlanders go into the game having opted for six starting line-up changes from the side that was scheduled to play the Crusaders last weekend. Marty Banks will have his first start of the year at first five-eighths. Thomas Umaga-Jensen will play second five-eighths while Tevita Li will be back on the left wing. Having recovered from concussion Tom Franklin and Pari Pari Parkinson will be paired in the locks while flanker Dillon Hunt will start. Coach Aaron Mauger said last week’s cancellation had not affected their thinking for selection for this weekend’s game and they had stuck with the plan they originally had and had chosen what they feel is the right 23 for the game.
It’s been 20 games against New Zealand opposition since the Blues last had a win which was against the Highlanders 33-31, in round one in 2016. They have had one draw and 19 losses.
Having won six of their last seven games against the Blues, the Highlanders have won only two of their last nine games away from home against New Zealand opposition.
The first match for this weekend will be the Blues hosting the Highlanders in another New Zealand derby.
The Blues come into the game with one win under their belt. They are, as most people in New Zealand still dealing with the terror attack last week in Christchurch and will be without Sonny Bill Williams this weekend.
It is however great that they have a world cup winning All Black ready to step in.
Williams place will be taken by All Black legend Ma’a Nonu who will put on the 12 jumper for this weekend.
There are two more changes to the Blues side for this weekend’s clash, with Jonathan Ruru returning as starting halfback, with Augustine Pulu dropping back to the bench, while a fit again Alex Hodgman starts at loosehead prop.
With four All Blacks on the bench the Blues have plenty of power to bring on later in the game.
For the Highlanders, Marty Banks will get a shot at the number 10 jersey. This will be Banks first start this season for the Highlanders.
Josh Ioane will move to the bench.
Banks halfback partner will be All Black Aaron Smith and he will have Ben Smith at fifteen to help him settle in.
Although the Blues have started to play better, the Highlanders are just that one step better at the moment, Highlanders by 13
Highlanders: Ben Smith, Waisake Naholo, Patelesio Tomkinson, Thomas Umaga-Jensen, Tevita Li, Marty Banks, Aaron Smith, Luke Whitelock, Dillon hunt, Shannon Frizell, Tom Franklin, Pari Pari Parkinson, Tyrel Lomax, Liam Coltman, Ayden Johnstone.
Replacements: Ray Niuia, Daniel Lienert-Brown, Siate Tokolahi, Josh Dickson, Jackson Hemopo, Folau Fakatava, Josh Ioane, Richard Buckman.
BLUES: Melani Nanai, Tanielu Tele’a, TJ Faiane, Ma’a Nonu, Rieko Ioane, Harry Plummer, Jonathan Ruru; Akira Ioane, Blake Gibson (capt), Tom Robinson, Josh Goodhue, Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, Sione Mafileo, James Parsons, Alex Hodgman.
Replacements: Leni Apisai, Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Karl Tu’inukuafe, Patrick Tuipulotu, Dalton Papalii, Augustine Pulu, Otere Black, Levi Aumua/Matt Duffie.