Mark Reddish will play his 50th Super Rugby game on Saturday night. The former Hurricanes player will start at lock against the Kings and will be playing his 19th match for the Pulse Energy Highlanders. Playing their first match for the Highlanders will be the two halfbacks Te Aihe Toma and Jamie Booth. Toma will start the game and Booth is expected to make his debut from the bench.

Mobile loose forward Gareth Evans will start at blindside flanker and he will be accompanied in the loose by Captain Shane Christie and Luke Whitelock. Liam Squire who debuted successfully for the All Blacks in Dunedin last week is on the bench, as Coach Joseph stays with the forward group that played well against the Crusaders in a warm up game during the June break.

Ryan Tongia gets his second start of the 2016 season at left wing while Jack Wilson and Matt Faddes complete the back three.  Patrick Osborne who has just returned from his international duties with Fiji will make his impact from the reserves. The halves combination of Te Aihe Toma and Marty Banks will have the responsibility of driving the team around the field in just their second game together, however Lima Sopoaga will provide excellent backup from the bench.

Southern Kings v Pulse Energy Highlanders, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth, Sat 2rd July 7.10pm

1.   Daniel Lienert-Brown

2.   Ash Dixon

3.   Josh Hohneck

4.   Mark Reddish

5.   Tom Franklin

6.   Gareth Evans

7.   Shane Christie (C)

8.   Luke Whitelock

9.   Te Aihe Toma

10. Marty Banks

11. Ryan Tongia

12. Rob Thompson

13. Jason Emery

14. Jack Wilson

15. Matt Faddes


16. Greg Pleasants-Tate

17. Aki Seiuli

18. Siosuia Halanukonuka

19. Liam Squire

20. Dan Pryor

21. Jamie Booth

22. Lima Sopoaga

23. Patrick Osborne

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

Unavailable due to injury: Liam Coltman (foot), Alex Ainley (calf)


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