A fresh prop, lock and a midfield reshuffle are the significant changes to the Pulse Energy Highlanders to play the Chiefs in a potential NZ conference decider on Saturday night. Daniel Lienert-Brown and Alex Ainley both return to the starting team after recovering from injury , Josh Hohneck moves to the bench and is joined by Liam Coltman who has recovered from a length break to provide cover on the bench.

Malakai Fekitoa returns to second five-eight and reunites with Matt Faddes at centre to reform what was a very effective midfield combination prior to the June break. Jamie Joseph has also gone for a 6 forward 2 back split on the bench highlighting perhaps that the anticipated fast pace of the game will require regular fresh legs to be injected into the match.

The crucial last round match has attracted a sell-out crowd of 22,500.

Pulse Energy Highlanders v Chiefs - Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, Sat 16th July 7.35pm

1.   Daniel Lienert-Brown

2.   Ash Dixon

3.   Siosuia Halanukonuka

4.   Tom Franklin

5.   Alex Ainley

6.   Elliot Dixon

7.   James Lentjes

8.   Luke Whitelock

9.   Aaron Smith

10. Lima Sopoaga

11. Patrick Osborne

12. Malakai Fekitoa

13. Matt Faddes

14. Waisake Naholo

15. Ben Smith (C)

 

Reserves

16. Liam Coltman

17. Aki Seiuli

18. Josh Hohneck

19. Mark Reddish

20. Liam Squire

21. Dan Pryor

22. Te Aihe Toma

23. Fletcher Smith

 

Head Coach: Jamie Joseph Assistant Coaches: Tony Brown, Scott McLeod Manager: Paul McLaughlan

Unavailable due to injury: Shane Christie, Marty Banks

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