Six changes to development team

08 Mar 2013

The Blues Development team has made six changes to the starting line-up to face the Chiefs Development team tomorrow at North Harbour Stadium.

Six players who were involved in the 50-12 hammering of the Crusader Knights have been promoted to the Blues team for Sunday’s Super Rugby match against the Bulls.

Coach Bevan Cadwallader said the changes are par for course in a development programme such as this.

“It is encouraging to see the players that really stepped up last weekend have been rewarded with an opportunity in the top side,” said Cadwallader.

The menacing loose forward trio of William Whetton, Sean Polwart and Joe Edwards remain intact, while Tevita Li, Malakai Fekitoa and Lolagi Visinia will all be expected to wreak havoc in the backline again.

Cadwallader said the introduction of a number of new players to the squad helps to add to the enthusiasm.

“For a few of the guys it’s their first crack at this level so it’s an exciting time for them.”

Whetton's younger brother Jack comes onto the bench alongside development squad members Sam Prattley, Greg Pleasants-Tate, Calvary Fonoti and Melani Vai.

For the visiting Chiefs Development team it is their first hit out of their campaign but Cadwallader expects them to be anything but rusty.

“Without doubt there will be a big physical challenge from the Chiefs – we’ll have to fight fire with fire.

“They are a very experienced team and are sure to provide a stern challenge for us,” said Cadwallader.

But if last week’s performance is anything to go by, the Blues will be up for it, with Cadwallader asking more of his team this time round.

“While our intensity was fantastic we will need to be technically better and improve on our accuracy.”

Blues Development v Chiefs Development
North Harbour Stadium 2
Albany
kick-off 2.30pm

The Blues development team is:

1. Matt Wallace
2. Gafatasi Su’a
3. Ofa Tu’ungafasi
4. Anthony Boric
5. Patrick Tuipopotu
6. William Whetton
7. Sean Polwart
8. Joe Edwards ©
9. Bryn Hall
10. Cody Rei
11. Tevita Li
12. Jackson Willison
13. Malakai Fekitoa
14. Aula SIlipa
15. Lolagi Visinia

16. Nathan Vella
17. Sam Prattley
18. Jack Whetton
19. Jake Heenan
20. Wayne Ngaluafe
21. Pita Ahki
22. Calvary Fonoti
23. Greg Pleasants-Tate
24. Melani Vai

ROUND 1

18

Blues v
Chiefs

Sat 14 Feb 2015
7:35pm

23

27

Stormers v
Blues

Sun 22 Feb 2015
4:05am

16

25

Cheetahs v
Blues

Sat 28 Feb 2015
6:10am

24

10

Blues v
Lions

Sat 7 Mar 2015
7:35pm

13

30

Hurricanes v
Blues

Fri 13 Mar 2015
7:35pm

23

23

Waratahs v
Blues

Sat 28 Mar 2015
9:40pm

11

23

Chiefs v
Blues

Sat 4 Apr 2015
7:35pm

16

16

Blues v
Brumbies

Fri 10 Apr 2015
7:35pm

14

30

Highlanders v
Blues

Sat 18 Apr 2015
7:35pm

24

29

Crusaders v
Blues

Sat 25 Apr 2015
7:35pm

15

41

Blues v
Force

Sat 2 May 2015
5:30pm

24

42

Rebels v
Blues

Fri 8 May 2015
9:40pm

22

23

Blues v
Bulls

Fri 15 May 2015
7:35pm

18

5

Blues v
Hurricanes

Sat 23 May 2015
7:35pm

29

Blues v
Crusaders

Sat 6 Jun 2015
7:35pm

Blues v
Highlanders

Fri 12 Jun 2015
7:35pm

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