All Blacks utility back Damian McKenzie's selection at first five-eighths for the Chiefs' Sky Super Rugby Aotearoa game with the Crusaders in Hamilton on Saturday has added to the intrigue around the clash.
This is it for Tony Brown’s Highlanders. Win and their slim chances of making the Sky Super Rugby Aotearoa final is still alive. Lose and their final hopes are all but over. It’s equally as important for the visiting Blues who have the in-form Chiefs hot on their heels. While recent history doesn’t favour the Highlanders, with everything to play for, expect a cracking match under the roof in Dunedin.
Knowing what the Highlanders achieved when key players were stood down for their game against the Crusaders, the Blues would be wary of a Sky Super Rugby Aotearoa side further reduced by injuries in Dunedin on Friday.