Pulse Energy Highlanders Head Coach Tony Brown has named strong side to take on the Cheetahs on Friday night in Bloemfontein. “The Cheetahs are an adventurous side who play an attacking brand of rugby and we’re anticipating a good battle “said Brown. He has retained most of the pack that tamed the Stormers last weekend changing only Joe Wheeler from the bench to the starting XV and returning Luke Whitelock to the number eight position, who will captain the run on side.


Matt Faddes comes in at fullback for the injured Ben Smith in an otherwise unchanged backline. Squad co-captain Ash Dixon returns from injury to play his first game of the year, meanwhile Elliot Dixon and Richard Buckman also make their way back into the 23 after a few weeks out.

Pulse Energy Highlanders v Cheetahs - 7.00pm Fri 5th May (5.00am Sat 6th May NZT), Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein

  1. Daniel Lienert-Brown
  2. Liam Coltman
  3. Siosuia Halanukonuka
  4. Joe Wheeler
  5. Tom Franklin
  6. Liam Squire
  7. Dillon Hunt
  8. Luke Whitelock (cc )
  9. Aaron Smith
  10. Marty Banks
  11. Patrick Osborne
  12. Rob Thompson
  13. Malakai Fekitoa
  14. Waisake Naholo
  15. Matt Faddes


  1. Ash Dixon (cc)
  2. Aki Seiuli
  3. Siate Tokolahi
  4. Elliot Dixon
  5. Gareth Evans
  6. Kayne Hammington
  7. Fletcher Smith
  8. Richard Buckman

Unavailable due to injury: Shane Christie, James Lentjes, Dan Pryor, Lima Sopoaga (out for the season: Jason Emery, Hayden Parker)


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