MEDIA RELEASE – Wednesday 7 March 2018

After a week off for the bye the Pulse Energy Highlanders will take on the Cape Town based Stormers and will be seeking their second win of the season. There is a look of consistency in the team with only three changes from their season opener against the Blues. In the forwards, Tasman loosie Shannon Frizzel takes his place on the reserves bench, while co-captain Ash Dixon will miss the game with a back injury and will be replaced by Greg Pleasants-Tate. In the backs, powerful Fijian winger Tevita Nabura earns a spot on the left wing. It is a debut game for both Frizzel and Nabura.

Head Coach, Aaron Mauger, expects a tough game “the Stormers are a big side so we expect a physical encounter, they are also a dangerous team with ball in hand in open spaces, so we are well aware of those threats and have prepared to meet those challenges.  Of course for our team it’s another opportunity to put a good performance together at home for our people; we will certainly be working hard to do just that”.

The Stormers have trained in Queenstown during the week and are expected to arrive in Dunedin on Thursday.

Pulse Energy Highlanders v Stormers – 7.35pm, Friday 9 March, Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin

  1. Daniel Lienert-Brown
  2. Liam Coltman
  3. Siate Tokolahi
  4. Jackson Hemopo
  5. Tom Franklin
  6. Liam Squire
  7. Dillon Hunt
  8. Luke Whitelock
  9. Aaron Smith
  10. Lima Sopoaga
  11. Tevita Nabura
  12. Teihorangi Walden
  13. Rob Thompson
  14. Waisake Naholo
  15. Ben Smith (C)
  16. Greg Pleasants-Tate
  17. Ski Seiuli
  18. Tyrel Lomax
  19. Shannon Frizell
  20. Elliot Dixon
  21. Josh Renton
  22. Fletcher Smith
  23. Matt Faddes

Not Available: Thomas Umaga-Jensen (shoulder), James Lentjes (shoulder), Richard Buckman (neck), Ash Dixon (back)


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