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Super Rugby 2013: Highlanders (27) v Chiefs (41) F/T


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 22 Feb 2013 at 07:45
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The Highlanders and Chiefs start the first real weekend of Super Rugby action this morning, in what should be a close New Zealand derby as the players and the referee find their feet.

The Highlanders usually start the season strong and then slowly fade in the latter half due to injuries and squad problems, but this year I have a feeling it will be different. They have one of the weaker sides in the New Zealand conference and my thoughts are that they will struggle today.

The Chiefs on the other hand, are defending champions, and even though they have a young looking squad, it is mostly the outside backs which are untried, the halfback pairing of Kerr-Barlow and Cruden should give this Chiefs team the kick it needs to win.

Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith, 14 Kade Poki, 13 Phil Burleigh, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Hosea Gear (captain), 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Nasi Manu, 7 John Hardie, 6 Joe Wheeler, 5 Josh Bekhuis, 4 Jarrad Hoeata, 3 Ma’afu Fia, 2 Brayden Mitchell, 1 Tony Woodcock.

Replacements: 16 Liam Coltman, 17 Bronson Murray, 18 Elliot Dixon, 19 Tim Boys, 20 Fumiaki Tanaka, 21 Hayden Parker, 22 Buxton Popoali’i.

Chiefs: 15 Gareth Anscombe, 14 Patrick Osborne, 13 Tim Nanai-Williams, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Fritz Lee, 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Craig Clarke (captain), 3 Ben Afeaki, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Pauliasi Manu.

Replacements: 16 Rhys Marshall, 17 Ben Tameifuna, 18 Michael Fitzgerald, 19 Tanerau Latimer, 20 Augustine Pulu, 21 Charlie Ngatai, 22 Lelia Masaga.



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