Stormers look for Blues Shutout (match preview)

Blues v Stormers, North Harbour Stadium (9am CAT)

We love the Blues. We always have. Ever since the days of King Carlos, Joe Rokocoko and Rudi Wulf, the Blues have been dazzling our eyes with inspired running rugga. They do not believe in form however, and it’s because of this that the Stormers have a real chance of pulling off another victory on Kiwi soil. The high-powered Blues offense will certainly test the Stormers‘ resolute D, and we can look forward to some explosive collisions. What a treat.Fixtures

Players to watch:

Steven Luatua and the entire Blues backline will look to light it up once again. Big Eben Etzebeth will add some much needed power from the bench and look for Juan de Jongh to carve up some nice lines in the mid field.

Prediction: Stormers by a bunch.

Teams:

Blues: (W,W,L,L,L,W,W,W,L)

15. Charles Piutau,14. Frank Halai,13. Francis Saili,12. Jackson Willison,11. Rene Ranger,10. Chris Noakes,9. Piri Weepu,8. Peter Saili,7. Luke Braid,6. Steven Luatua,5. Ali Williams (C),4. Culum Retallick,3. Angus Ta’avao,2. Keven Mealamu,1. Tom McCartney Replacements : 16. Quentin MacDonald,17. Ofa Tu’ungafasi,18. Anthony Boric,19. Brendon O’Connor,20. Jamison Gibson-Park,21. Baden Kerr,22. Lolagi Visinia

Stormers: (L,L,W,W,L,L,W,W)

15. Joe Pietersen , 14. Gio Aplon , 13. Juan de Jongh , 12. Jean de Villiers (captain) , 11. Bryan Habana , 10. Gary van Aswegen , 9. Dewaldt Duvenage , 8. Duane Vermeulen (vice-captain) , 7. Rynhardt Elstadt , 6. Siya Kolisi , 5. Andries Bekker , 4. De Kock Steenkamp , 3. Frans Malherbe , 2. Deon Fourie , 1. Steven Kitshoff Reserves:  16. Scarra Ntubeni , 17. Pat Cilliers , 18. Eben Etzebeth , 19. Nizaam Carr , 20. Louis Schreuder , 21. Elton Jantjies , 22. Damian de Allende

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