Hello and welcome to today's live blog of the Super Rugby match between the Blues and the Waratahs at Eden Park in Auckland.
It's been a tumultuous week for the Blues with the Benji Marshall saga compounded with the injury to their preferred first five-eighths Chris Noakes.
That has seen NZ U-20 captain Simon Hickey re-introduced while there will be great interest in the play of Ihaia West should he get on the field.
The fact he was left without a Super Rugby contract after his ITM Cup performances last year was one of the mysteries of the contract process.
Meanwhile, the Waratahs are enjoying their best season for years and playing some of the most attractive rugby in the competitin. Add in Israel Folau's performances and there is the prospect of some Anzac fireworks today.
I'm Steven Holloway and I endeavour to bring you all the build-up, live action and colour from today's game. Feel free to join in the chat by clicking 'comment' and sharing your views.
Right, here are some team lists for you...
15. Charles Piutau,14. Frank Halai,13. Francis Saili,12. Ma'a Nonu,11. Lolagi Visinia,10. Simon Hickey,9. Bryn Hall,8. Peter Saili,7. Luke Braid,6. Jerome Kaino,5. Tom Donnelly,4. Patrick Tuipulotu,3. Charlie Faumuina,2. Keven Mealamu,1. Tony Woodcock
Replacements: 16. James Parsons,17. Sam Prattley,18. Angus Ta'avao,19. Hayden Triggs,20. Piri Weepu,21. Steven Luatua,22. Ihaia West,23. Pita Ahki
1. Benn Robinson , 2. Tatafu Polota Nau , 3. Sekope Kepu , 4.Will Skelton , 5. Kane Douglas , 6. Jacques Potgieter , 7. Michael Hooper , 8. Dave Dennis (c), 9. Nick Phipps , 10. Bernard Foley , 11. Rob Horne , 12. Kurtley Beale , 13. Adam Ashley-Cooper , 14. Cam Crawford , 15 Israel Folau .
Replacements (one to be omitted): 16. Tolu Latu , 17. Jeremy Tilse , 18. Paddy Ryan , 19. Pat McCutcheon , 20. Wycliff Palu , 21. Brendan McKibbin , 22 Jono Lance , 23. Matt Carraro 24. Stephen Hoiles .
Australian teams have struggled to win at Eden Park but the the visitors are playing so well at the moment that they head into the game as $1.82 favourites at the TAB. The Blues are paying $1.92.
We are just minutes away from kick off now on a beautiful Auckland night. It's been a hot, clear afternoon and the perfect scene is set for some running rugby.
Dave Dennis leads the Waratahs out onto the pitch and the crowd produce a rather muted reception as you might expect.
Now it's the Blues' turn and they get a good welcome from a crowd that is still filling out. We are nearly ready to go.
Now a moment of silence to pay tribute to the men who went through suffering and horrors to carry out their duties.
The Waratahs kick off down to Tom Donnelly who easily catches and launches a Blues attack.
Hickey kicks down to Folau who runs across the line before taking a tackle.
We are going to check upstairs for a double movement from Rob Horne on the line.
It was a breathtaking break for the Waratahs down the left flank and Horne looked odds on to score before Frank Halai made an outstanding tackle just metres from the line. Horne went down, before reaching out to place the ball over the line.
An early let off for the Blues and a penalty.
A scrappy phase ends with a Blues penalty after they lost the ball forward. Advantage had been played.
No Chiefs blog tonight I'm afraid, but our website will still offer live scoring.
Folau ran hard at the line for the Waratahs but Jerome Kaino has done exceptionally well in forcing a turnover. And the Blues are loving it.
Scrappy scrum from the Blues and it has been turned over again. Lot of unforced errors early on.
Another turnover and this time the Blues very nearly break down the left hand side through Nonu. He tried to get a kick away but was blocked by Folau. Blues lineout 35m out.
An opportunity for Simon Hickey now to put some points on the board.
Hickey slots it. The Blues lead 3-0.
Waratahs kick deep from the restart but Hickey is back there to heave a kick out to halfway.
Waratahs break through Folau but the ball is put down and the Blues have a chance to counter attack.