Highlanders change 4 for Chiefs
Cape Town - Highlanders head coach Aaron Mauger has made four alterations
to his starting line-up to take on the Chiefs in their derby in
Hamilton on Good Friday.
Kick-off is at 08:35 SA time.
Co-captain Ash Dixon will take the place of hooker Liam Coltman who
has been unwell this week, while tighthead prop Siate Tokolahi returns
to the front-row.
Josh Dickson will make his first appearance for the season in the
second-row and Tom Franklin, who has started all four previous matches,
moves to the bench.
In the backs, Matt Faddes will partner Rob Thompson in the midfield.
On the bench, young Otago midfielder, Sio Tomkinson, makes the
matchday 23 for the first time and Greg Pleasants-Tate also makes his
way into the reserves.
"The team changes are a reflection of the depth of talent we have in
the squad, Josh has played extremely well for the Bravehearts team to
earn a start and Matt has shown some nice touches when he has come on
for us," said Mauger.
15 Solomon Alaimalo, 14 Toni Pulu, 13
Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Johnny Faauli, 11 Sean Wainui, 10 Damian
McKenzie, 9 Brad Weber, 8 Taleni Seu, 7 Sam Cane (captain), 6 Liam
Messam, 5 Tyler Ardron, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Angus Ta’avao, 2 Nathan
Harris, 1 Aidan Ross
Substitutes: 16 Liam Polwart, 17 Karl
Tu’inukuafe, 18 Jeff Thwaites, 19 Pita Gus Sowakula, 20 Lachlan Boshier,
21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Marty McKenzie, 23 Charlie Ngatai
15 Ben Smith (co-captain), 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Matt Faddes, 12 Rob Thompson,
11 Tevita Li, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 Dillon
Hunt, 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Josh Dickson, 4 Jackson Hemopo, 3 Siate
Tokolahi, 2 Ash Dixon (co-captain), 1 Daniel Lienert-Brown
Substitutes: 16 Greg Pleasants-Tate, 17 Aki Seiuli, 18
Tyrel Lomax, 19 Tom Franklin, 20 Shannon Frizell, 21 Josh Renton, 22
Fletcher Smith, 23 Sio Tomkinson