LIVE

    Highlanders to welcome back Sopoaga

    2017-05-14 19:13

    Cape Town - Highlanders flyhalf Lima Sopoaga is due to make his return to action next weekend against the Force in Perth.

    Kick-off is at 11:45 (SA time).

    The All Blacks No 10 has missed the 2015 champions' last eight matches this season while he recovered from a hamstring strain.

    Marty Banks and Fletcher Smith have filled in at flyhalf during Sopoaga's stint on the sidelines, but Highlanders head coach Tony Brown admitted it was exciting to see Sopoaga fit and firing ahead of his return.

    "He got through his fitness test really well. He's probably in the best condition he's ever been in, so it's exciting," Brown told the media.

    "He's going to come over and join us and have a full week of training with us. Hopefully he's going to be good to go, more than likely off the bench."

    A moment of last-gasp brilliance from Malakai Fekitoa clinched Saturday's 17-10 tense win over the Bulls in testing conditions, and as a result the Highlanders remain well in the hunt for a wildcard place.

    "We've put ourselves in a good position to really attack this last quarter of the competition," Brown added.

    "If we can keep our momentum going and keep performing well, who knows where we can end up and who knows what we can achieve."

    What To Read Next

    Read News24’s Comments Policy

    Live Video Streaming
    Video Highlights
    Sport Talk

    Fixtures

    Friday, 26 May 2017
    • Blues v Chiefs, Eden Park 09:35
    • Reds v Force, Suncorp Stadium 11:45
    Saturday, 27 May 2017
    • Sunwolves v Cheetahs, Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium 07:15
    • Highlanders v Waratahs, Forsyth Barr Stadium 09:35
    • Rebels v Crusaders, AAMI Park 11:45
    • Bulls v Hurricanes, Loftus Versfeld 15:05
    • Sharks v Stormers, Growthpoint Kings Park 17:15
    • Jaguares v Brumbies, Estadio Jose Amalfitani 23:40
    Sunday, 28 May 2017
    • Lions v Kings, Emirates Airlines Park 14:30

    Results

    21 May 2017
    20 May 2017
    19 May 2017
    13 May 2017
    12 May 2017
    06 May 2017
    05 May 2017
    30 April 2017
    29 April 2017
    28 April 2017
    22 April 2017
    21 April 2017
    15 April 2017
    14 April 2017
    09 April 2017
    08 April 2017
    07 April 2017
    02 April 2017
    01 April 2017
    31 March 2017
    25 March 2017
    24 March 2017
    18 March 2017
    17 March 2017
    11 March 2017
    10 March 2017
    04 March 2017
    03 March 2017
    02 March 2017
    25 February 2017
    24 February 2017
    23 February 2017

    Logs

    Rank Team P W Pts

    Opinion Poll

    SA Rugby need to cut two Super Rugby teams for next year's tournament. Help them out!

    The ultimate Super Rugby quiz!

    TAKE THE QUIZ
    There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.