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."


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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Mon, 19 February 2018
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Fri, 23 February 2018
Dragons v Edinburgh 22h00 Rodney Parade
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Munster v Glasgow Warriors 19h00 Irish Independent Park
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France v Italy 20h00 Paris
Sat, 24 February 2018
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Waratahs v Stormers 08h45 Allianz Park
Treviso v Connacht 12h00 Stadio Monigo
Bath v Sale Sharks 12h30 Recreation Ground
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Scotland v England 16h45 BT Murrayfield
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London Irish v Worcester Warriors 13h00 Madejski Stadium
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Waratahs 0 0 0 0 0
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Hurricanes 0 0 0 0 0
Chiefs 0 0 0 0 0
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Blues 0 0 0 0 0
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Stormers 1 1 0 0 4
Lions 1 1 0 0 4
Sharks 1 0 0 1 1
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