Weepu remains on bench for Blues clash

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009    NZPA    Gettys Images

Ripia has produced assured performances at No 10 since starting against the Force on April 9, while Weepu nursed a hamstring strain, then the Stormers and the Brumbies.

Weepu is now fit and prefers to play halfback but Mathewson's form has also been good.

After last week's 56-7 thrashing of the Brumbies, Cooper may be loathe to break up a combination that has guided his side to the top of the table with three straight wins.

Cooper has been forced to make changes to his backline with fullback Cory Jane unavailable because of a calf problem.

Tamati Ellison drops back to No 15 from the wing where he scored a try last week, with Zac Guildford coming on as right wing.

In the locks, Jason Eaton replaces Bryn Evans who was impressive against the Brumbies.