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Thomson, Hobbs, Cowan back for Highlanders


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Super 14 on 18 Mar 2010 at 05:55
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Key players Adam Thomson and Michael Hobbs return from internal suspension among a remarkable nine changes to the Highlanders starting side to face the Sharks in their Super 14 rugby match at Dunedin on Saturday.

The NZPA reports that All Blacks loose forward Thomson and form inside back Hobbs were stood down from last week’s 50-35 loss to the Bulls in Pretoria for breaking a team curfew but coach Glenn Moore hasn’t wasted any time reinserting them as the 11th-placed Highlanders look to revive a season that threatens to sink.

There are five changes in the forward pack and three in the inside backs, where captain Jimmy Cowan returns at halfback in place of Sean Romans after recovering from a dislocated finger.

Hobbs’ return comes at second five-eighth for Jason Shoemark, rather than the No 10 jersey where he has impressed this year, leaving room for exciting Southland No 10 Robbie Robinson to make his Super 14 starting debut in place of Matt Berquist.

Out wide James Paterson takes over the left wing from Fetu’u Vainikolo but is up front where Moore has swung the axe with most vigour.

Hayden Triggs takes over from Tom Donnelly at lock, with All Black leaper having suffered an ankle injury, while No 8 Thomson, flanker John Hardie, prop Clint Newland and hooker Jason Rutledge replace Steven Setephano, Tim Boys, Chris King and Jason MacDonald.

The Springboks-laden Sharks have lost their first five games but most have been by a close margin.

Highlanders
Israel Dagg, Ben Smith, Kenny Lynn, Michael Hobbs, James Paterson, Robbie Robinson, Jimmy Cowan (captain), Adam Thomson, Alando Soakai, John Hardie, Hayden Triggs, Josh Bekhuis, Clint Newland, Jason Rutledge, Jamie Mackintosh.
Reserves: Jason Macdonald, Chris King, Joe Tuineau, Tim Boys/Steven Setephano, Sean Romans, Jayden Hayward, Fetu’u Vainikolo



19 Comments

  • GO SHARKS!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 18.03.10 05:59:47 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) :

    I see we are now catering for our NZ bloggers?? :twisted: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.03.10 07:02:21 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 2) :

    Hey he wrote a good article yesterday, so I thought I’d be nice to him, just this once. :razz:

  • Comment 3, posted at 18.03.10 07:31:59 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Hobbs Thompson and Cowen will be well rested despite the flight back. I’ve been impressed by Hobbs this season. This game will be no pushover for the Sharks.

  • Comment 4, posted at 18.03.10 08:05:54 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 4) :

    About half of the players still alive on LMS have made picks and the highest number of picks is for the Sharks. :shock:

  • Comment 5, posted at 18.03.10 08:09:04 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) :

    They certainly know how to mess with my mind. I always want the team with the most picks on LMS to lose.

    WTF am I supposed to do this week?

  • Comment 6, posted at 18.03.10 08:10:00 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) : I wanted to chance the Sharks but couldn’t get myself to do it. A sharks loss would be great for me in LMS because I still have a lifeline.

  • Comment 7, posted at 18.03.10 08:19:24 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 7) :

    I won’t give away who you picked, picking a Derby is always risky, but I think you have a winning pick.

  • Comment 8, posted at 18.03.10 08:24:52 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I’ve read an article in Beeld by Christo Buchner, it basically says there will be blood if the Sharks return to SA without a win under the belt, take note that keo gets mentioned :roll:

  • Comment 9, posted at 18.03.10 08:31:24 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 8) : I picked a derby, I hope i make it through the weekend :???:

  • Comment 10, posted at 18.03.10 08:34:09 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 9) :

    B V Zyl is quote on News 24 (from a Voldy article) that they will assess the situation after the return of the Sharks to SA. :???:

  • Comment 11, posted at 18.03.10 08:36:17 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 11) : :mrgreen: when will SW get a mention in the media?

  • Comment 12, posted at 18.03.10 08:38:59 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 10) :

    You picked the same derby as Pokkel, but then again you can see that. :smile:

    I think the pick will be safe, I am concerned (not really) for the players who picked the Sharks. :razz:

  • Comment 13, posted at 18.03.10 08:39:12 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @JarsonX (Comment 12) :

    When one of our posters gets sued for defamatory comments about Streauli or Plumtree. :oops:

  • Comment 14, posted at 18.03.10 08:41:55 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 13) : That wouldve been my pick if the other team werent available :oops: I think the Sharks will take this one, but i’m not ready to take the risk.

  • Comment 15, posted at 18.03.10 08:44:00 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 14) : thats been done already :mrgreen: not defamotory enough though

  • Comment 16, posted at 18.03.10 08:46:05 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 14) : ;-)

  • Comment 17, posted at 18.03.10 09:12:29 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 2) : @KSA Shark © (Comment 3) : Wow…… what a side…… However Donnelly out a huge blow ?

  • Comment 18, posted at 18.03.10 10:28:55 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • Sorry landers but this one is going to be our Sharks, and with all the supporters standing with our team it makes them more stronger for a win :lol: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 19, posted at 18.03.10 19:00:04 by Charmaine Reply

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