Our Saturday morning kicks off with a New Zealand derby, where the Highlanders host the Crusaders, after both teams won in the opening round of fixtures last weekend.
The Highlanders have dropped Jimmy Cowan to the bench, where he will sit next to Colin Slade, both of which will want to make an impact off the bench.
The Crusaders have announced an unchanged starting line up from the one that did the job against the Blues, with the only change on the bench being the return of Zac Guildford.
After the surprise Chiefs performance yesterday, I am wary of making a call, but I do feel that the Crusaders will be too strong for a Highlanders team that did better than expected to beat a rampant Chiefs side last week.
Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith, 14 Buxton Popoali’i, 13 Tamati Ellison, 12 Phil Burleigh, 11 Hosea Gear, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Nasi Manu, 7 John Hardie, 6 Adam Thomson, 5 Nick Crosswell, 4 Josh Bekhuis, 3 Chris King, 2 Andrew Hore, 1 Jamie Mackintosh (captain)
Substitutes: 16 Jason Rutledge, 17 Bronson Murray, 18 Culum Retallick, 19 James Haskell, 20 Jimmy Cowan, 21 Colin, Slade, 22, Telusa Veainu
Crusaders: 15 Tom Marshall, 14 Sean Maitland, 13 Robbie Fruean, 12 Adam Whitelock, 11 Israel Dagg, 10 Tyler Bleyendaal, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Matt Todd, 6 George Whitelock, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Tom Donnelly, 3 Ben Franks, 2 Quentin MacDonald, 1 Wyatt Crockett
Substitutes: 16 Corey Flynn, 17 Owen Franks, 18 Luke Romano, 19 Luke Whitelock, 20 Willie Heinz, 21 Patrick Osborne, 22 Zac GuildfordTweet