Our Blues will look to finish the season off with a bang when they face the Sunwolves in Tokyo for the very first time in the club’s history.
The Sunwolves are zero from four against Kiwi teams this season, suffering big losses against the Hurricanes (83-17), Crusaders (50-3), and Highlanders (40-15), before coming remarkably close to upsetting the Chiefs in Hamilton (27-20).
So, while all statistics indicate that our team should win well this weekend, head coach Tana Umaga and his team won’t be taking anything for granted, especially at the bitter-end of another action-packed season.
Our Blues return to Super Rugby action after a long international break. On Saturday, it will be 43 days since our round-15 win over the Reds in Samoa (34-29), and 38 days since that sensational victory over the touring British & Irish Lions at Eden Park (22-16).
So, it’s only natural if they’re a little rusty to begin the match, but at least the majority of the team should be well-rested and raring to go.
The Sunwolves, meanwhile, come into this match after back-to-back losses in South Africa. They were humiliated 94-7 by the high-flying Lions in Johannesburg, before succumbing 52-15 to the Stormers in Cape Town.
But at least they’ll be pleased to be at home, playing in front of their famously loud and passionate supporters at Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium.
Farewell to a few fan favourites…
We bid farewell to a number of players this weekend. Much-loved stalwarts Steven Luatua and Charlie Faumuina are set to make their last on-field contributions to the Blues, before heading to Europe to play for Bristol and Toulouse respectively.
Likewise, Ihaia West will be suiting up for the Hurricanes next year, so Saturday’s match will be his last for the Blues following his match-saving heroics last time out against the British & Irish Lions.
Don’t miss it. Kick-off is at 3:05pm New Zealand time.