MEDIA RELEASE – Thursday 15 March 2018

A strong history of brotherly rivalry between these two Super Rugby clubs ensures there is always plenty of interest anytime they meet. These Southern derby games have produced some classic matches in recent times with both games in the 2017 season decided in the last minute of the game; unfortunately for the Pulse Energy Highlanders, in the Crusaders favour. This fourth round encounter will be no exception with both teams having two wins under their belt and looking to be in reasonable early season form.

Aaron Mauger and his coaching team have made a couple of changes for this week with co-captain Ash Dixon returning from injury and Aki Seiuli getting his first start of the year. Powerful Counties front rower, Kalolo Tuiloma, earns his debut appearance on the bench and Elliot Dixon returns to the bench as loose forward cover. In the backs the well performed, Tevita Li, is back on the left wing reuniting with Ben Smith and Waisake Naholo. Kayne Hammington rotates in for Josh Renton at halfback reserve.

Pulse Energy Highlanders v Crusaders – 7.35pm, Saturday 17 March, Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin

  1. Aki Seiuli
  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 Li
  12. 12. Teihorangi Walden
  13. 13. Rob Thompson
  14. 14. Waisake Naholo
  15. 15. Ben Smith (cc)
  16. Ash Dixon (cc)
  17. Daniel Lienert-Brown
  18. Kalolo Tulioma
  19. Shannon Frizell
  20. Elliot Dixon
  21. Kayne Hammington
  22. Fletcher Smith
  23. Matt Faddes


Not Available: Thomas Umaga-Jensen (shoulder), James Lentjes (shoulder), Richard Buckman (neck), Dan Pryor (hamstring)

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