The Pulse Energy Highlanders continue their South African tour with a game against the Sharks in Durban after a dramatic full-time kick to win against the Bulls last week.


The Highlanders will not want to leave it so late this week. Head Coach, Aaron Mauger has made only a couple of changes to his starting side with Aki Seiuli trading places with Daniel Lienert-Brown and Elliot Dixon making way for Shannon Frizell.

In the backs, Waisake Naholo, returns to the wing where he will partner with Ben Smith who returns to fullback and young utility back, Patelesio Tomkinson. Josh Ioane makes the playing 23 for only the second time and there is a bracket with  Matt Faddes suffering a training injury to his ankle and is in a race against time to be fit for the match. Josh McKay has flown in to replace the injured Tevita Li and will take Faddes place on the bench if he is ruled out.

“We know the Sharks recently had a good tour of Australia and New Zealand where they played some great rugby so they will present plenty of threats on Saturday. Our guys have really embraced the tour so far and we have enjoyed each other’s company and have worked hard at getting our game to the level it needs to be each week” said Mauger

Ash Dixon and Daniel Lienert-Brown will both play their 50th games for the Highlanders this week. 

Sharks v Pulse Energy Highlanders – 5.15pm, Saturday 5th May (3.15am NZT Sun 6th), Kings Park Stadium, Durban

  1.  Aki Seiuli
  2.  Liam Coltman
  3. Tyrel Lomax
  4.  Alex Ainley
  5.  Tom Franklin
  6.  Shannon Frizell
  7.  Dillon Hunt
  8.  Luke Whitelock
  9.  Aaron Smith
  10.  Lima Sopoaga
  11.  Patelesio Tomkinson
  12.  Teihorangi Walden
  13.  Rob Thompson
  14.  Waisake Naholo
  15.  Ben Smith (CC)


  17. Ash Dixon (CC)
  18. Daniel Lienert-Brown
  19. Kalolo Tuiloma
  20. Jackon Hemopo
  21. Elliot Dixon
  22. Kayne Hammington
  23. Josh Ioane
  24. Matt Faddes/Josh McKay

Unavailable due to injury: Thomas Umaga-Jensen (shoulder), Richard Buckman (neck), Liam Squire (thumb) Siate Tokolahi (knee), Tevita Li (foot)


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