The Hurricanes will hope to move up to at least 2nd position on the log courtesy of a good win over the Lions this morning.
The Hurricanes already have a better points difference than current 2nd placed team the Waratahs. Any 5 point win will see them move into 2nd spot and hoping for a Waratahs defeat at the hands of the Bulls this afternoon.
Will the Hurricanes do what is needed?
Or will the Lions surprise us all and walk away with the spoils?
Kick-off in Wellington at 09:35 SA time.
Ref: Matt Goddard (Australia)
TJs: Julian Pritchard (Australia), Garratt Williamson (New Zealand)
TMO: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)
Starting XV:15 Cory Jane, 14 Shannon Paku, 13 Tane Tu’ipulotu, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Ac Guild ford, 10 Willie Ripia, 9 Piri Weepu, 8 Rodney So’oialo (captain), 7 Scott Waldrom, 6 Chris Masoe, 5 Jason Eaton, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Tim Fairbrother, 2 Andrew Hore, 1 John Schwalger.
Replacements: 16 Hikawera Elliot, 17 Jacob Ellison, 18 Craig Clarke, 19 Thomas Waldrom, 20 Alby Mathewson, 21 Jimmy Gopperth, 22 Conrad Smith.
Starting XV: 15 Earl Rose, 14 Jannie Boshoff, 13 Walter Venter, 12 Doppies la Grange, 11 Dusty Noble, 10 Jaco van Schalkwyk, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Joe van Niekerk, 7 Franco van der Merwe, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar (captain), 5 Gerhard Mostert, 4 Dewald Senekal, 3 JC Janse van Rensburg, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Heinke van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Ethienne Reynecke, 17 Ross Geldenhuys, 18 Cobus Grobbler, 19 Wilhelm Koch, 20 Chris Jonck, 21 Rudi Vogt, 22 Louis Ludik.