It’s quarterfinal time and Pulse Energy Highlanders Head Coach, Aaron Mauger, has named his strongest side to take on the Waratahs in Sydney. Returning to the team this week are All Blacks Ben Smith, Aaron Smith, Luke Whitelock, Elliot Dixon, co-captain Ash Dixon and centre, Rob Thompson.

This is the fifth consecutive year the Highlanders have made the playoffs, finishing in 6th position at the end of the round robin stage. They are in the not unfamiliar position of being on the road having played only two playoff games at home since the inception of Super Rugby (1999 and 2015).

Coach Mauger is excited by the opportunity, “these are the opportunities the guys work hard all year for and there are no second chances. It’s simply about putting our best performance on the field on Saturday. The Waratahs are a quality side playing at home which presents an awesome challenge for our guys, but like I said, these are the games we love to play”

Pulse Energy Highlanders v Waratahs, Saturday 21st  July 8.05pm (NZT 10.05pm), Allianz Stadium, Sydney

  1. Daniel Lienert-Brown
  2. Liam Coltman
  3. Tyrel Lomax
  4. Jackson Hemopo
  5. Tom Franklin
  6. Liam Squire
  7. James Lentjes 
  8. Luke Whitelock
  9. Aaron Smith 
  10. Lima Sopoaga
  11. Tevita Li
  12. Teihorangi Walden
  13. Rob Thompson
  14. Waisake Naholo
  15. Ben Smith (cc)


  1. Ash Dixon (cc)
  2. Aki Seiuli 
  3. Kalolo Tuiloma
  4. Shannon Frizell
  5. Elliot Dixon
  6. Kayne Hammington 
  7. Josh Ioane
  8. Matt Faddes


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