Mauger unveils Highlanders team for Blues clash
Cape Town - Highlanders head coach Aaron Mauger has made just one change
to his team for their 2018 Super Rugby season opener against the Blues
from the team that played the Crusaders in a warm-up fixture last
Inside centre Teihorangi Walden earns a start, while versatile
outside back Matt Faddes moves to the replacements.
Loose forwards Dan
Pryor and Elliot Dixon have both been included on the bench, while prop Tyrel
Lomax will make his debut for the
Highlanders if he takes the field.
Mauger is looking forward to the encounter.
"For us this game is an
opportunity for the players to put a performance on the park, throughout
the preseason we have had a real focus on producing a performance that
we and our supporters can be proud of. It’s great we have the opening
match at our home ground for the Gordon Hunter trophy; it gives us a
really good opportunity to connect with our people,” Mauger said.
The match will be played for the Gordon Hunter Memorial Trophy which
is currently held by the Highlanders.
Gordon Hunter coached both the
Highlanders and the Blues.
The trophy has been played for 16 times since
2002 with both teams having won eight games.
Kick-off on Friday is at 08:35 SA time.
15 Ben Smith (co-captain), 14
Waisake Naholo, 13 Rob Thompson, 12 Tei Walden, 11 Tevita Li, 10 Lima
Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 Dillon Hunt, 6 Liam Squire, 5
Tom Franklin, 4 Jackson Hemopo, 3 Siate Tokolahi, 2 Ash Dixon
(co-captain), 1 Daniel Lienert-Brown
Substitutes: 16 Liam Coltman,
17 Aki Seiuli, 18 Tyrel Lomax, 19 Dan Pryor, 20 Elliot Dixon, 21 Kayne
Hammington, 22 Fletcher Smith, 23 Matt Faddes
Michael Collins, 14 Matt Duffie, 13 George Moala, 12 Sonny Bill
Williams, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Bryn Gatland, 9 Augustine Pulu (captain), 8
Akira Ioane, 7 Murphy Taramai, 6 Glenn Preston, 5 Scott Scrafton, 4
Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 3 Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 2 James Parsons, 1 Alex Hodgman
16 Leni Apisai, 17 Pauliasi Manu, 18 Michael Tamoaieta, 19 Patrick
Tuipulotu, 20 Sione Havili/Antonio Kiri Kiri, 21 Jonathan Ruru, 22
Daniel Kirkpatrick, 23 Melani Nanai