The Highlanders travel up to Auckland to kick off this weekend’s action with a New Zealand derby against the Blues.
Both teams came of byes to win at home last week.
They are also two of eight teams who are separated by five points on the log. One point separates these two sides on the log. This is the round where the number of teams not able to make the semi-finals any longer will increase. A loss for either of these teams will not spell the end to their semi-final aspirations though.
Venue: Eden Park, Auckland
Kick-off: 19:35 Local time, 09:35 SA time
Ref: Stuart Dickinson (Australia)
ARs: Vinny Munro (NZ), Ben Skeen (NZ)
TMO: Glenn Newmann (NZ)
15 Paul Williams, 14 Joe Rokocoko, 13 Anthony Tuitavake, 12 Isaia Toeava, 11 Rudi Wulf, 10 Jimmy Gopperth, 9 Taniela Moa, 8 Jerome Kaino, 7 Josh Blackie, 6 Chris Lowrey, 5 Anthony Boric, 4 Kurtis Haiu, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 Keven Mealamu, 1 Tony Woodcock/Tevita Mailau.
16 Tom McCartney, 17 Tevita Mailau, 18 Jay Williams, 19 Peter Saili, 20 Grayson Hart, 21 Michael Hobbs, 22 Rene Ranger.
15 Israel Dagg, 14 Ben Smith, 13 Jason Shoemark, 12 Daniel Bowden, 11 Fetu’u Vainikolo, 10 Mathew Berquist, 9 Jimmy Cowan (captain), 8 George Naoupu, 7 Alando Soakai, 6 Adam Thomson, 5 Tom Donnelly, 4 Josh Bekhuis, 3 Clint Newland, 2 David Hall, 1 Jamie Mackintosh.
16 Jason Rutledge, 17 Chris King, 18 Hayden Triggs, 19 Steven Setephano, 20 Sean Romans, 21 Johnny Leota, 22 Kendrick Lynn.