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Kirwan make four Blues changes for Cheetahs

Baden Kerr starts at 10 after Chris Noakes was ruled out due to injury

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Article Published: Thursday 4 July 2013






Blues coach Sir John Kirwan has made four changes to his starting line up to face the Cheetahs in a crucial Supe Rugby match in Bloemfontein.

The Blues and the Cheetahs are both chasing a place in the play offs and having lost last week both teams need a win to stay in the race.

With halfback Piri Weepu and first five-eighths Chris Noakes both back in New Zealand nursing injuries, Jamison Gibson-Park and Baden Kerr step into the playmaking roles.

Utility back Marty McKenzie and halfback Wayne Ngaluafe flew over from New Zealand earlier this week and will provide cover on the bench.

Rene Ranger is named on the left wing in place of George Moala who drops to the bench, while Sam Prattley starts ahead of Tim Perry at loosehead prop.

Blues

15. Charles Piutau,14. Frank Halai,13. Jackson Willison,12. Francis Saili,11. Rene Ranger,10. Baden Kerr,9. Jamison Gibson-Park,8. Peter Saili,7. Luke Braid,6. Steven Luatua,5. Ali Williams (C),4. Anthony Boric,3. Angus Ta’avao,2. James Parsons,1. Sam Prattley

Reserves:16. Keven Mealamu,17. Ofa Tu’ungafasi,18. Culum Retallick,19. Brendon O’Connor,20. Wayne Ngaluafe,21. Marty McKenzie,22. George Moala

 
 
 
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