Blues’ Blacks benched
24 May 2012
Ali Williams, Ma’a Nonu and Piri Weepu will all start on the wood for Saturday’s game against the Highlanders.
Williams, who will play his 100th Super Rugby match if he comes off the bench, is replaced by Filo Paulo. Alby Mathewson comes in for Weepu and Nonu is replaced by Francis Saili.
There are a number of players bracketed among the loose forwards and Lam will make a final decision on these players tomorrow.
Blues - 15 Hadleigh Parkes, 14 David Raikuna, 13 Francis Saili, 12 Michael Hobbs, 11 Sherwin Stowers, 10 Gareth Anscombe, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Peter Saili/Luke Braid (c), 7 Luke Braid/Daniel Braid, 6 Steven Luatua, 5 Filo Paulo, 4 Liaki Moli, 3 Tevita Mailau, 2 James Parsons, 1 Tony Woodcock.
Subs: 16 Tom McCartney, 17 Angus Ta’avao, 18 Ali Williams, 19 Daniel Braid / Peter Saili / Dany Pryor, 20 Piri Weepu, 21 Ma’a Nonu, 22 Lachie Munro.