The Highlanders team to face the Sharks this Saturday shows only two changes from the team that came from behind to defeat the Cheetahs last weekend, with a change a piece amongst the forwards and backs.
James Haskell has been suspended for a mere three weeks, and is replaced by Doug Tietjens on the side of the scrum. Siale Piutau replaces Buxton Popoali’i on the wing.
Ben Smith, who played an influential role in the victory over the Cheetahs last weekend, will make his fiftieth appearance for the Highlanders, and should lead the team onto the field.
The match kicks off at 17h00.
Highlanders: 1 Jamie Mackintosh (C) 2 Andrew Hore 3 Chris King 4 Josh Bekhuis 5 Jarrad Hoeata, 6 Adam Thomson, 7 Doug Tietjens, 8 Nasi Manu ,9 Aaron Smith, 10 Mike Delany ,11 Hosea Gear ,12 Shaun Treeby ,13 Tamati Ellison, 14 Siale Piutau, 15 Ben Smith
Reserves 16 Jason Rutledge, 17 Ma’afu Fia/Jacob Ellison, 18 Culum Retallick, 19 Elliot Dixon ,20 Jimmy Cowan ,21 Chris Noake, 22 Kurt BakerTweet