Chiefs: 11. Tim Nanai-Williams 14. Asaeli Tikoirotuma 15. Robbie Robinson
Former Sevens star Nanai-Williams is an exciting talent in the backline. The slippery runner also has a great boot and has played fullback and five-eighth in the past. He definitely has the speed to finish on the wing and is confident under the high ball. He will threaten on every touch of the ball.
Asaeli Tikoirotuma will be starting in place of the injured Lelia Masaga. The big Manawatu winger is making his debut and will have to play well in place of Masaga and his scoring ability.
Robinson's first year of Super Rugby was an inconsistent one. He has great agility and pace, but he has some mental lapses. He does have a great boot, however, and should pose a threat in the counter-attack either through ball-running or bomb-kicking.
Blues: 11. Rudi Wulf 14. David Raikuna 15. Isaia Toeava
Rudi Wulf's return to the Blues' lineup was seamless. He finished as the Blues' top linebreaker and was making players miss with every touch. If he keeps this up. he might be able to regain his place in the All Blacks once test season comes around.
Raikuna looked a lot like a young Joe Rokocoko in his debut. He may not have touched the ball much, but when he did, he made some good metres. Even his side-stepping motion resembled Rokocoko's.
He did have some handling errors, but also made up for them with some great catches. His debut should've given him some confidence.
Toeava is one of the best counter-attackers in Super Rugby. He showed that when he decided to run the ball back at the Crusaders.
However, he went for a lot of terrible bombs, ones that either went too high or didn't go far enough. If he decides to hold on to the ball more on the counter attack, he can pose a danger to the Chiefs' defense.
Had Lelia Masaga been playing, this would've been a lot harder to decide, but the Blues' back three is a lot more experienced. They are coming off a great game in a losing effort and will look to bring that form to Hamilton tonight.