Highlanders unchanged for Waratahs clash

Highlanders Head Coach Jamie Joseph has retained the Super Rugby team that beat the Chiefs last week for this week’s clash against the Waratahs in Sydney.

Joseph has kept the faith the with team that beat the Chiefs 29-25 last week at Forsyth Barr Stadium last Friday for Sunday’s clash against the tournament leaders.

With only two games to go in the regular season the Highlanders currently sit fourth overall on the table with the same points as the Crusaders in third (42).

Coach Joseph says that they are focused on how they will play against the Waratahs rather than concentrating on what they have done wrong against the Sydney side historically.

“We are not too concerned with how we have gone against the Waratahs in the past and our entire focus is on what we can do on Sunday, ” said Joseph.

“There is a real air of excitement about the group, they sense the opportunity we have earned for ourselves”.

Highlanders

1 . Kane Hames, 2 . Brayden Mitchell, 3 . Ma’afu Fia, 4 . Tom Franklin , 5 . Joe Wheeler, 6 . Elliot Dixon, 7 . Shane Christie, 8 . Nasi Manu (co.captain) , 9 . Aaron Smith , 10 . Lima Sopoaga , 11 . Patrick Osborne, 12 . Shaun Treeby, 13 . Malakai Fekitoa, 14 . Richard Buckman , 15 . Ben Smith (co.captain)

Replacements : 16 . Ged Robinson, 17 . Matias Diaz, 18 . Chris King, 19 . Josh Bekhuis, 20 . Lee Allan, 21 . Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 . Hayden Parker, 23 . Phil Burleigh

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