Investec Super Rugby Aotearoa – Blues v Highlanders Two undefeated groups will conflict before a pressed Eden Park on Saturday night as cycle three of Investec Super Rugby Aotearoa commences.
Match subtleties: Saturday 27 June, 7.05pm, Eden Park, Auckland
Official: Paul Williams
Won: Blues 17, Highlanders 16
Last match: Highlanders 24, Blues 12 (20 Apil 2019)
The Blues have set Investec Super Rugby Aotearoa land in the initial two rounds. In the wake of dispatching the Hurricanes at home in cycle one, the Blues got a major success out and about against the Chiefs to make it a club record of five successes from home in succession. The Highlanders will be new following a bye a week ago and should ride into Auckland with a lot of certainty on the rear of their last pant triumph over the Chiefs in cycle one.
SEVENS STARS CLASH
There will be no deficiency of pace and dangerous moves out wide with All Blacks Sevens stars Caleb Clarke and Jona Nareki getting down to business in the 11 pullover. With the armada footed Vilimoni Koroi out for the Highlanders, another sevens flyer ventures into the brawl as Scott Gregory who will wear the 15 pullover. Gregory said he was eager to accept the open door. “It appears to be quite a while since my first game against the Rebels prior in the year, and I am truly anticipating getting out there, with the ability we have in our backs you need to accept your open doors when you can,” Gregory said.
The game will likewise check the last debut in Blues hues for Harlequins import Joe Marchant. Leon MacDonald said that Marchant is a well known player who will be remembered fondly by the group. “He has contributed well here and there the field and we are certain he will return as an increasingly complete footballer for the experience when he comes back to Harlequins,” MacDonald said.
The Highlanders have won 11 of their last 15 Investec Super Rugby match-ups against the Blues.
Subsequent to selling out their initial game against the Hurricanes, tickets are selling quick at Eden Park with a group more than 25,000 anticipated. Snatch your tickets HERE.
Beauden Barrett, Mark Telea, Rieko Ioane, TJ Faiane, Caleb Clarke, Otere Black, Sam Nock, Hoskins Sotutu, Dalton Papali’i, Akira Ioane, Josh Goodhue, Patrick Tuipulotu (c), Ofa Tuungafasi, James Parsons, Alex Hodgman.
Stores: Kurt Eklund, Marcel Renata, Sione Mafileo, Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, Tony Lamborn, Finlay Christie, Harry Plummer, Joe Marchant.
Scott Gregory, Sam Gilbert, Rob Thompson, Sio Tomkinson, Jona Nareki, Mitch Hunt, Aaron Smith, Marino Mikaele Tu’u, Dillon Hunt, Shannon Frizell, Josh Dickson, Pari Parkinson, Siate Tokolahi, Ash Dixon, Ayden Johnstone.
Stores: Liam Coltman, Daniel Lienert-Brown, Jeff Thwaites, Manaaki Selby-Rickit, Teariki Ben-Nicholas, Kayne Hammington, Bryn Gatland, Ngane Punivai