Moala hits milestone against Kings
Cape Town - Midfielder George Moala will play his 50th game
for the Blues in their Super Rugby clash against the Southern Kings in Port
Elizabeth on Saturday (17:10 kick-off).
The 25-year-old will be the most capped Blues player in the
backline to take on the Kings in the first of the Blues’ three-match tour that
includes the high-flying Lions in Johannesburg and the Force in Perth.
They return for a much anticipated clash against the
Crusaders at Eden Park before the June international break.
Melani Nanai, who had three starts early in the season,
returns to start on the right wing in place of Rieko Ioane, who has joined the
All Blacks Sevens.
The other changes come in the front row with Ofa
Tu’ungafasi, who has played in every game this year, getting a start after four
games coming off the bench, swapping with Charlie Faumuina.
Northland captain Matt Moulds will be looking for his first
game of the season, named on the bench as replacement hooker, after two caps
It is the first time that the Blues have played the Kings,
who played in 2013 before being relegated, and have returned to the expanded
competition this year.
15 Lolagi Visinia, 14 Melani Nanai, 13 George Moala, 12
Piers Francis, 11 Tevita Li, 10 Ihaia West, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Steven Luatua, 7
Tanerau Latimer, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Josh Bekhuis, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu, 3 Ofa
Tu’ungafasi, 2 James Parsons (captain), 1 Sam Prattley
Substitutes: 16 Matt Moulds, 17 Nic Mayhew, 18 Charlie
Faumuina, 19 Hoani Matenga, 20 Kara Pryor, 21 Billy Guyton, 22 Matt McGahan, 23