This will be the toughest task for the Blues this weekend when they travel to Canterbury to face the Crusaders in a decisive encounter. For live action, people are booking online tickets for the Rugby World Cup.
The Blues, sitting on 26 points, are only 3 timid of the first eight. It is a difficult race for the Blues, who still have matches to come against the Reds and Hurricanes, plus a home game against the Bulls, leaders of the South African conference.
“We’ve had the same approach every game, to strive to produce quality performances and improve every week,” said Coach Leon MacDonald.
If you achieve a quality performance of more than 80 minutes, you will probably get positive results, and we are getting closer to that goal.
“We know we will have to be at our best against the Crusaders. As the people of the region, they know how to plunge into adversity and we know what to expect.”
This weekend sees the return of young flanker Tom Robinson to the starting team. The man he replaces, Dalton Papali’i, attends the game because of a blow in the head against the Chiefs. Robinson was named earlier in the season as a potential All Blacks player but has had little play time in recent weeks due to injury.
The only other change that ended a series of eight-year losses against the Chiefs this weekend is Leni Apisai who has just won the hooker position for her second start of the season.
Blues: Scott Scrafton, Patrick Tuipulotu, Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Leni Apisai, Alex Hodgman, Melani Nanai, Caleb Clarke, TJ Faiane, Ma’a Nonu, Rieko Ioane, Harry Plummer, Jonathan Ruru, Akira Ioane, Blake Gibson, Tom Robinson.
Reserves: James Parsons, Marcel Renata, Lua Li, Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, Hoskins Sotutu, Augustine Pulu, Otere Black, Levi Aumua.
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