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The Highlanders host the Blues in a Friday night encounter that will be crucial in deciciding the Super Rugby Aotearoa finals race. Stay up to date with the action with live scores on The Roar from 5:05pm (AEST).
It’s the Highlanders’ last home game of the season and no doubt their most important fixture of the year to date. Still in with a chance of finishing in second spot, they need to topple the Blues if they’re to keep that post-season hope alive.
The visitors come into this evening fresh off a bye, and will know a win will go awfully close to propelling them into the final. However if they are to get up, they’ll have to do so without captain Patrick Tuipulotu, who is still sidelined with a neck injury.
The Landers have some injury concerns of their own. In addition to Folau Fakatava being struck down with a ruptured ACL a few weeks ago, Connor Garden-Bachop is also done for the season with a wrist injury.
Kick-off: 5:05pm (AEST)
Venue: Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Live stream: Stan Sport
Betting: Blues $1.52, Highlanders $2.54 (odds via PlayUp)
(1-15): Ayden Johnstone, Ash Dixon (c), Siate Tokolahi, Bryn Evans, Josh Dickson, Shannon Frizell, Billy Harmon, Kazuki Himeno, Aaron Smith (c), Mitch Hunt, Jona Nareki, Scott Gregory, Sio Tomkinson, Ngatungane Punivai, Josh Ioane
Bench: Liam Coltman, Ethan De Groot, Josh Hohneck, Manaaki Selby-Rickit, Marino Mikaele-Tu’u, Kayne Hammington, Michael Collins, James Lentjes
(1-15): Karl Tu’inukuafe, Luteru Tolai, Ofa Tuungafasi, Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, Sam Darry, Tom Robinson (c), Dalton Papalii, Hoskins Sotutu, Jonathan Ruru, Otere Black, Caleb Clarke, TJ Faiane, Rieko Ioane, Mark Telea, Stephen Perofeta
Bench: Leni Apisai, Alex Hodgman, Nepo Laulala, Josh Goodhue, Akira Ioane, Finlay Christie, Harry Plummer, Bryce Heem