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The Highlanders tackle the Chiefs in a Saturday night Super Rugby Aotearoa clash. Join The Roar for live scores from 5:05pm (AEST).
The Highlanders shocked the Crusaders with a 33-12 upset in Christchurch last weekend, while the Chiefs had the bye following back-to-back victories over the Blues and Hurricanes — their only two wins of the campaign to date.
The Otago outfit have been forced to make six changes to the line-up that stunned the reigning champions eight days ago, whereas the men from Waikato maintain a more settled team sheet for their trip to Dunedin.
With the Highlanders and Chiefs both sitting on two wins — one game adrift of the second-placed Blues — success tonight is vital if either side plans to challenge for a spot in the decider.
On home turf at Forsyth Barr Stadium, the Highlanders will start favourites to claim their third win of 2021 against the improving Chiefs.
Kick-off: 5:05pm (AEST)
Venue: Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Live stream: Stan Sport
Betting: Highlanders $1.62, Chiefs $2.30 (odds via PlayUp)
1. Ethan de Groot, 2. Ash Dixon, 3. Josh Hohneck, 4. Bryn Evans, 5. Pari Pari Parkinson, 6. Shannon Frizell, 7. James Lentjes, 8. Kazuki Himeno, 9. Aaron Smith, 10. Mitch Hunt, 11. Jona Nareki, 12. Scott Gregory, 13. Sio Tomkinson, 14. Ngatungane Punivai, 15. Connor Garden-Bachop
Bench: 16. Liam Coltman, 17. Ayden Johnstone, 18. Siate Tokolahi, 19. Josh Dickson, 20. Billy Harmon, 21. Kayne Hammington, 22. Josh Ioane, 23. Hugh Renton
1. Aidan Ross, 2. Samisoni Taukei’aho, 3. Angus Ta’avao, 4. Tupou Vaa’i, 5. Naitoa Ah Kuoi, 6. Mitchell Brown, 7. Kaylum Boshier, 8. Luke Jacobson, 9. Brad Weber, 10. Kaleb Trask, 11. Etene Nanai-Seturo, 12. Quinn Tupaea, 13. Anton Lienert-Brown, 14. Jonah Lowe, 15. Damian McKenzie
Bench: 16. Bradley Slater, 17. Oliver Norris, 18. Joe Apikotoa, 19. Samipeni Finau, 20. Pita-Gus Sowakula, 21. Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22. Alex Nankivell, 23. Shaun Stevenson