1 May 2013

Blues largely settled for Stormers

5:43 pm on 1 May 2013

The Blues coach Sir John Kirwan's made just two changes to his starting 15 in his team to play rugged South Africans the Stormers on Friday night at North Harbour Stadium.

Everyone's fit bar hooker James Parsons - Frances Saili starts at centre with Rene Ranger moving onto the left wing.

All Black veteran Keven Mealamu gets his first start at hooker.

The lock Anthony Boric has been cleared of his neck injury and is on the bench.

Blues: 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

Reserves: 16. Quentin MacDonald, 17. Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 18. Anthony Boric, 19. Brendon O'Connor, 20. Jamison Gibson-Park, 21. Baden Kerr, 22. Lolagi Visinia