Injuries have forced the Pulse Energy Highlanders to make changes to their starting team ahead of the clash against the Queensland Reds in Brisbane on Saturday night. Loosehead prop Brendan Edmonds has been side-lined for the season with a serious knee injury. Daniel Lienert-Brown comes off the bench to replace Edmonds and will start in his seventeenth game for the club. Tasman prop, Ross Geldenhuys, returns to the playing 23, and together with Josh Hohneck, will provide a great depth of experience on the reserves bench.

A head laceration sustained in last week’s game has ruled Elliot Dixon out for the week, which will make way for Luke Whitelock to return to the starting team while Dan Pryor rotates to the bench for co-captain Shane Christie. After a week off to refresh Mark Reddish will start ahead of Tom Franklin at lock.

A concussion to co-captain Ben Smith will see him miss his first game of the season with Matt Faddes moving from wing to fullback and Jack Wilson, who had an impressive debut against the Melbourne Rebels, will start on the right wing in just his second outing for the club. Lima Sopoaga returns from injury to again partner with Aaron Smith and Hayden Parker will make his impact from the bench this week.

Queensland Reds v Pulse Energy Highlanders - Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Saturday 9st April – Kick-off 7.45pm AEST (9.45pm NZT)

 

1.   Daniel Lienert-Brown

2.   Liam Coltman

3.   Siosiua Halanukonuka

4.   Mark Reddish

5.   Joe Wheeler

6.   Luke Whitelock

7.   Shane Christie (C)

8.   Liam Squire

9.   Aaron Smith

10. Lima Sopoaga

11. Pat Osborne

12. Rob Thompson

13. Malakai Fekitoa

14. Jack Wilson

15. Matt Faddes

 

Reserves

16. Ash Dixon

17. Ross Geldenhuys

18. Josh Hohneck

19. Tom Franklin

20. Dan Pryor

21. Fumiaki Tanaka

22. Hayden Parker

23. Jason Emery

Unavailable due to injury: Waisake Naholo (leg),Brendon Edmonds (knee),Ben Smith (concussion),Elliot Dixon (head cut), Marty Banks (ribs)

 

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

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