Highlanders add Hoeta to the pack

Thu, 27 Mar 2014 08:49
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Jarrad Hoeata will start at lock as one of three changes made to the Highlanders team to play the Blues in Auckland on Saturday.

Jarrad Hoeata will start at lock as one of three changes made to the Highlanders team to play the Blues in Auckland on Saturday.
 
Hoeata, who came off the replacements bench to receive a yellow card against the Hurricanes last week, gets a chance to redeem himself as he takes the place of Joe Wheeler to partner Brad Thorn in the second row.
 
The other changes are also in the forwards as Highlanders head coach Joseph looks to keep his pack fresh heading into their fifth game of the season
 
Ged Robinson will get his first start of the season at hooker. He replaces Liam Coltman who drops to the bench. 
 
Tighthead prop Chris King comes back into the starting lineup after sitting on the replacements bench last week and takes the place of Ma'afu Fia.
 
Craig Millar comes onto the bench and Argentine prop Matias Diaz drops out of the matchday 23. 
 
The backline remains unchanged from last week.
 
The Highlanders come into the game off the back of a 35-31 win over the Hurricanes in Dunedin last week and are looking for back-toback wins for the first time this season.
 
The men from Dunedin will be keen to secure their first win on the road in their 2014 Super Rugby Campaign, especially after having already beaten the Blues this season - when they triumphed 29-21 at the Forsyth Barr stadium in in their opening round fixture.
 
Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith (co-captain), 14 Richard Buckman, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Phil Burleigh, 11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Nasi Manu (co-captain), 7 Shane Christie, 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Jarrad Hoeata, 4 Brad Thorn, 3 Chris King, 2 Ged Robinson, 1 Kane Hames.
Replacements: 16 Liam Coltman, 17 Craig Millar, 18 Ma’afu Fia, 19 Joe Wheeler, 20 TJ Ioane, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Hayden Parker, 23 Shaun Treeby.
 
Date: Saturday, March 29
Venue: Eden Park, Auckland
Kick-off: 19.35 (07.35 GMT)
Referee: Steve Walsh (Australia)
Assistant referees: Nick Briant (New Zealand), Shane McDermott (New Zealand)
TMO: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)
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Fri, 27 May 2016
Hurricanes v Highlanders 07h35 Wellington
Waratahs v Chiefs 09h40 Sydney
Boland v Eagles 13h00 Wellington
Free State Cheetahs v Pumas 13h00 Bloemfontein
Kings v Jaguares 17h00 Ascoli Piceno
Border v Falcons 17h00 East London
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Blues v Crusaders 07h35 Eden Park
Brumbies v Sunwolves 09h40 Canberra
Western Province v Griquas 10h15 Newlands
Blue Bulls v Leopards 12h15 Loftus Versfeld
Stormers v Cheetahs 13h00 DHL Newlands
Namibia v Griffons 13h00 Windhoek
Golden Lions v EP Kings 13h00 Johannesburg
Saracens v Exeter Chiefs 14h00 London
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