Strong combination for big test in South America

Strong combination for big test in South America

The Blues have named a strong combination to take on the Jaguares at Buenos Aires on Sunday (NZ time).

Coach Leon Macdonald is looking for a more accurate and physical performance from his side after the loss to the Sharks in Durban last week.

“We trained very well last week and spoke about our accuracy and our discipline. But we just did not play as we practiced or talked which was disappointing to the whole team.

“We are definitely looking for a much improved performance allround. We know it is there and this is an important opportunity to move our game forward.”

The side remains mostly the same with Alex Hodgman earning a start in the front row as the only change to the starting pack. The experienced Augustine Pulu gets his first start for the season at halfback while Ma’a Nonu swaps places with Sonny Bill Williams in the midfield.

Rookie Tanielu Tele’a, who impressed off the bench on debut, is listed to start his first Super game for the Blues.

The team is:

15 Melani Nanai, 14 Tanielu Tele’a, 13 TJ Faiane, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Otere Black, 9 Augustine Pulu; 8 Akira Ioane, 7 Dalton Papalii, 6 Tom Robinson, 5 Josh Goodhue, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu ©, 3 Ofa Tuungafasi, 2 James Parsons, 1 Alex Hodgman. Reserves: 16 Matt Moulds, 17 Karl Tu’inukuafe, 18 Sione Mafileo, 19 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 20 Matt Matich, 21 Jonathan Ruru, 22 Harry Plummer, 23 Sonny Bill Williams.