Who would want to call this one? A New Zealand derby between two sides that have really struggled so far this season.
The Highlanders are nowhere near the semifinal positions and will be playing for pride alone, but the Hurricanes, while they have delivered results far short of their pre-season billing, are still theoretically in with a shout. They’ll need to record a good five-point win and hope for a whole host of other results to go their way.
From a Sharks perspective, we need the Highlanders to win, of course.
Ref: Vinny Munro (New Zealand)
ARs: Josh Noonan (New Zealand), Kane McBride (New Zealand)
TMO: JKeith Brown (New Zealand)
Venue: Carisbrook, Dunedin
Kick-off: 9:35 SA Time, 8:35 BST
Highlanders: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Ben Smith, 13 Kenny Lynn, 12 Jason Shoemark, 11 Fetu’u Vainikolo, 10 Michael Hobbs, 9 Jimmy Cowan (captain), 8 Steven Setephano, 7 Alando Soakai, 6 Adam Thomson, 5 Hayden Triggs, 4 Josh Bekhuis, 3 Clint Newland, 2 Jason Rutledge, 1 Chris King.
Replacements: 16 Peter Mirrielees, 17 Bronson Murray, 18 Joe Tuineau, 19 John Hardie, 20 Scott Cowan, 21 Robbie Robinson, 22 James Paterson.
Hurricanes: 15 Cory Jane, 14 Tamati Ellison, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Hosea Gear, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Tyson Keats, 8 Rodney So’oialo, 7 Karl Lowe, 6 Victor Vito, 5 Michael Paterson, 4 Bryn Evans, 3 Neemia Tialata, 2 Andrew Hore (captain), 1 John Schwalger.
Replacements: 16 Dane Coles, 17 Jacob Ellison, 18 Jeremy Thrush, 19 Nick Crosswell, 20 Piri Weepu, 21 Jason Kawau, 22 David Smith.