PREVIEW: Blues experiment for Chiefs clash

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 07:25

SUPER RUGBY PRE-SEASON ACTION: The Blues will a test a number of new combinations in the pre-season clash against the Chiefs on Friday. 

The Super Rugby neighbours are regular combatants in pre-season although it is the first time the two sides have ventured to Te Kuiti, as a mark of respect for the great Sir Colin Meads who passed away last year.

There are a number of newcomers in the starting side including North Harbour players Mike Tamoaieta and Glenn Preston in the forwards and replacements Ross Wright and Jacob Pierce with All Black Akira Ioane starting at No.8.

Sam Nock and Bryn Gatland start at scrumhalf and flyhalf with replacements Tumua Manu, Tamati Tua and Jordan Hyland to start along with Jordan Trainor at fullback.

Prop Alex Hodgman is the starting captain, with Jimmy Tupou assuming the role in the third of the four 20-minute spells and season captain Augustine Pulu for the final stanza.

While there are a number of players not considered because of injuries, coach Tana Umaga intends to give his available players some game time.

"Our All Blacks are only just back with us and have not been considered and we do have a number with a range of injuries. But for the rest, they have been working really hard and just want to get out and finally play some footie.

"This game is more about giving them a run, see how they handle Super Rugby intensity even in pre-season, and trying some different combinations."

Teams:

Blues: 15 Jordan Trainor, 14 Jordan Hyland, 13 Tamati Tua, 12 TJ Faiane, 11 Tumua Manu, 10 Bryn Gatland, 9 Sam Nock, 8 Akira Ioane, 7 Murphy Taramai, 6 Glenn Preston, 5 Jacob Pierce, 4 Josh Goodhue, 3 Mike Tamoaieta, 2 Ross Wright, 1 Alex Hodgman (captain)
Replacements - from: Jonathon Ruru, George Moala, Melani Nanai, Stephen Perofeta, Daniel Kirkpatrick, Orbyn Leger, Augustine Pulu, Harry Plummer, Tanielu Telea, Pauliasi Manu, Kurt Ekland, Marcel Renata, Jimmy Tupou, Waimana Reidling, Hoskins Sotutu, Dalton Papalii, Antonia Kiri Kiri, Jordan Olsen, Jack Straker, Gerard Cowley Tuioiti, Sione Havili.

Chiefs: TBC

Date: Friday, February 2
Venue: Rugby Park, Te Kuiti
Kick-off: 16.00 (03.00 GMT)
Referee: Glen Jackson

 

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Fri, 27 April 2018
Hurricanes v Sunwolves 07h35 Wellington
Stormers v Rebels 13h00 Newlands
Leicester Tigers v Newcastle Falcons 18h45 Welford Road
Sat, 28 April 2018
Reds v Lions 05h05 Suncorp Stadium
Blues v Jaguares 07h35 Eden Park
Brumbies v Crusaders 09h45 Canberra
Kings v Cheetahs 13h00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Exeter Chiefs v Sale Sharks 14h00 Sandy Park
Worcester Warriors v Harlequins 14h00 Sixways
Gloucester v Bath 14h00 Kingsholm
Connacht v Leinster 14h05 Sportsground
Dragons v Scarlets 14h05 Rodney Parade
Bulls v Highlanders 15h15 Loftus Versfeld
Treviso v Zebre 16h00 Stadio Monigo
Cardiff Blues v Ospreys 16h35 Cardiff Arms Park
Munster v Ulster 16h35 Thomond Park
Edinburgh v Glasgow Warriors 18h35 Myreside
Sun, 29 April 2018
London Irish v Saracens 14h00 Madejski Stadium
Wasps v Northampton Saints 14h00 Ricoh Arena
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 22 April 2018
Racing Metro v Munster 27 | 22
Brumbies v Jaguares 20 | 25
Sat, 21 April 2018
Ulster v Glasgow Warriors 36 | 15
Zebre v Ospreys 37 | 14
Sharks v Stormers 24 | 17
Leinster v Scarlets 38 | 16
Bulls v Rebels 28 | 10
Reds v Chiefs 12 | 36
Crusaders v Sunwolves 33 | 11
Fri, 20 April 2018
Waratahs v Lions 0 | 29
Blues v Highlanders 16 | 34
Sun, 15 April 2018
Saracens v Bath 41 | 6
London Irish v Exeter Chiefs 5 | 45
Sat, 14 April 2018
Leinster v Treviso 15 | 17
Kings v Cardiff Blues 12 | 45
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Team P W D L Pts
Waratahs 8 5 1 2 24
Rebels 87 4 0 4 21
Brumbies 8 3 0 5 15
Reds 8 3 0 5 13
Sunwolves 8 0 0 8 2
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 8 6 0 2 29
Hurricanes 7 6 0 1 27
Chiefs 8 6 0 2 26
Highlanders 7 5 0 2 24
Blues 8 2 0 6 12
Pool SA
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 9 6 0 3 30
Bulls 8 4 0 4 19
Sharks 9 3 1 5 18
Jaguares 9 4 0 5 16
Stormers 9 3 0 6 14