On Saturday at 4.05 in the morning, Hurricanes and Blues will open the date 6 of the exciting Super Rugby Aotearoa in a game that will face the Barrett brothers face to face and that can be enjoyed live on ESPN Play or delayed on Sunday from 11, on ESPN 3.
The Auckland team, for its part, will have three changes regarding the fall against Crusaders for the last date: Kurt Eklund enters as a hooker instead of Parsons, Aaron Carroll will occupy the third line instead of Sotutu and Wmoni Narawa enters for Caleb Clarke. The return of Dan Carter, scheduled for the bench of substitutes in this match, was delayed by a discomfort in the calf.
Head coach Leon MacDonald believes the team has taken many positive aspects of last week’s loss that will serve him ahead of Saturday’s game in Wellington.
“We did a lot of very good things in the contact zone. Hopefully the guys can trust those positives because we have yet another big battle ahead of us, ”said MacDonald.
He added: “Hurricanes are playing very well and they are recognized for their great defense, which we will have to try to counter. We have resisted any significant changes on the back side. We are really pleased with Harry Plummer’s performance, while we believe that Beauden (Barrett) as a fullback is our best option today. “
Blues: 15 Beauden Barrett, 14 Emoni Narawa, 13 Rieko Ioane, 12 Harry Plummer, 11 Mark Telea, 10 Otere Black, 9 Finlay Christie, 8 Akira Ioane, 7 Dalton Papalii, 6 Aaron Carroll, 5 Josh Goodhue, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu (c ), 3 Ofa Tuungafasi, 2 Kurt Eklund, 1 Alex Hodgman.
Substitutes: 16 Tolai Luteru, 17 Marcel Renata, 18 Sione Mafileo, 19 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 20 Tony Lamborn, 21 Jonathan Ruru, 22 TJ Faiane, 23 Matt Duffie.
Place: Sky Stadium, Wellington.
Referee: Ben O’Keeffe.
Assistant referees: Brendon Pickerill and Paul Williams.
TMO: James Doleman.