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The Blues and Moana Pasifika go head to head for the second time in five days in what should be another exciting clash at Eden Park, Auckland as round seven of Super Rugby Pacific continues. Join The Roar for live scores from 4:50pm AEDT.
There were concerns about both the two new sides joining Super Rugby this year and whether they would be able to compete but both have shown that those fears were unfounded. The Drua have been a consistent thorn in the sides of Australian sides and the Moana Pasifika have shown that they are a genuine threat.
Moana Pasifika especially have impressed with their ability to deliver both an exciting style of play in the loose and an effective set piece – something that many have been surprised by.
Coach Aaron Mauger has brought his side together really well and despite challenges from COVID and having to create a team from scratch in just a few months, the Moana Pasifika side have already racked up a great first win with a golden point victory over the Hurricanes and pushed the Blues really hard a few days ago. Considering they are playing in the harder side of the competition where they go head to head with the Kiwi sides week in, week out, one starts to wonder what damage they could cause when they get to take on sides like the Rebels.
The Blues coach Leon MacDonald has shown faith in three inexperienced players who impressed in the first game against their opposition on Tuesday with Corey Evans, Cameron Suafoa and Anton Segner have just five caps between them but much is expected of the talented youngsters.
But the Blues also have plenty of experience to call upon and MacDonald has chosen to select Kurt Eklund, Marcel Renata, James Tucker, skipper Dalton Papalii and Tom Robinson.
The Blues are creeping up the table with a series of wins and another one today would see them putting pressure on the top three on the ladder
Venue: Eden Park, Auckland
Kick-off: 5:05pm (AEDT), Saturday 2nd April 2022
Live stream: Stan Sport
Betting: Blues $1.05, Moana Pasifika $7.50 – odds via PlayUp
Referee: James Doleman
Assistant Referee: Jono Bredin, Angus Mabey
1. Alex Hodgman, 2. Kurt Eklund, 3. Marcel Renata, 4. James Tucker, 5. Tom Robinson, 6. Cameron Suafoa, 7. Dalton Papalii (c), 8. Anton Segner, 9. Finlay Christie, 10. Stephen Perofeta, 11. Caleb Clarke, 12. Corey Evans, 13. Bryce Heem, 14. AJ Lam, 15. Zarn Sullivan
Reserves: 16. Soane Vikena, 17. Karl Tu’inukuafe/Jordan Lay, 18. Ofa Tuungafasi, 19. Luke Romano, 20. Adrian Choat, 21. Sam Nock, 22. Tanielu Tele’a, 23. Jacob Ratumaitavuki-Kneepens
1. Ezekiel Lindenmuth, 2. Samiuela Moli, 3. Sekope Kepu (c), 4. Veikoso Poloniati, 5. Michael Curry, 6. Sione Tu’ipulotu, 7. Solomone Funaki, 8. Henry Time-Stowers, 9. Ereatara Enari, 10. Christian Leali’ifano, 11. Anzelo Tuitavuki, 12. Solomone Kata, 13. Fine Inisi, 14. Timoci Tavatavanawai, 15. William Havili
Reserves: 16. Luteru Tolai, 17. Abraham Pole, 18. Chris Apoua, 19. Alex McRobbie, 20. Alamanda Motuga, 21. Dwayne Polataivao, 22. Lincoln McClutchie, 23. Tomasi Alosio