Blues v Chiefs: Teams
At North Harbour Stadium, Saturday June 2, kick-off 8.35am
Last Updated: June 1, 2012 9:13am
Blues coach Pat Lam has made six changes to his line-up for the Super Rugby derby with the Chiefs.
Rudi Wulf, Rene Ranger, Ali Williams, Ma'a Nonu, Lachie Munro and Daniel Braid all return to the Blues line-up, however Piri Weepu remains on the bench.
The Blues, though, remain without the likes of Jerome Kaino, Charlie Faumuina, Keven Mealamu, Anthony Boric, Chris Lowrey, Brad Mika, Benson Stanley, George Moala, Isaia Toeava and Gareth Anscombe .
The Chiefs have also made six changes as they look to continue their good form.
Robbie Robinson, Sam Cane, Michael Fitzgerald, Maritino Nemani, Sona Taumalolo and Mahonri Schwalger all come into the starting XV following the win over the Bulls.
Romana Graham is handed his first start of the season on the bench, with Ben Tameifuna, Lelia Masaga, Scott Waldrom and Hika Elliot also named among the replacements.
Blues: 15 Rudi Wulf, 14 Lachie Munro, 13 Francis Saili, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Rene Ranger, 10 Michael Hobbs, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Luke Braid (capt), 7 Daniel Braid, 6 Steven Luatua, 5 Ali Williams, 4 Liaki Moli, 3 Tevita Mailau, 2 James Parsons, 1 Tony Woodcock.
Replacements: 16 Tom McCartney, 17 Angus Ta'avao, 18 Filo Paulo, 19 Peter Saili, 20 Piri Weepu, 21 Hadleigh Parkes, 22 David Raikuna.
Chiefs: 15 Robbie Robinson, 14 Maritino Nemani, 13 Jackson Willison, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Kane Thompson, 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Messam (capt), 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Michael Fitzgerald, 3 Ben Afeaki, 2 Mahonri Schwalger, 1 Sona Taumalolo.
Replacements: 16 Hika Elliot, 17 Ben Tameifuna, 18 Romana Graham, 19 Scott Waldrom, 20 Brendon Leonard, 21 Tim Nanai-Williams, 22 Lelia Masaga.