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The Highlanders take on Moana Pasifika in the first game of Round 8 in Super Rugby Pacific. Join The Roar for live scores from 5:05pm AEST.
The Highlanders narrowly lost to the Crusaders but the scoreboard made it look closer than it probably was with the Crusaders dominating the set piece.
The Highlanders welcome back Ethan de Groot and Jermaine Ainsley and they’ll be hopeful of piling on the points as unbackable favourites.
However, as we’ve seen this tournament the Moana side is no pushover and they’ve stayed in the fight for long periods against decent opposition.
1-15: Ethan de Groot, Andrew Makalio, Jemaine Ainsley, Manaaki Selby-Rickit, Josh Dickson, Shannon Frizell, James Lentjes, Marino Mikaele-Tu’u, Aaron Smith (c), Mitch Hunt, Mosese Dawai, Scott Gregory, Fetuli Paea, Sam Gilbert, Connor Garden-Bachop.
Reserves 16-23: Rhys Marshall, Ayden Johnstone, Saula Mau, Max Hicks, Gareth Evans, Folau Fakatava, Vilimoni Koroi, Denny Solomona.
1-15: Ezekiel Lindenmuth, Luteru Tolai, Sekope Kepu (c), Veikoso Poloniati, Samuel Slade, Solomone Funaki, Alamanda Motuga, Penitoa Finau, Ereatara Enari, Christian Leali’ifano, Timoci Tavatavanawai, Danny Toala, Levi Aumua, Tima Fainga’anuku, William Havili.
Reserves 16-23: Samiuela Moli, Abraham Pole, Chris Apoua, Mahonri Ngakuru, Sione Tu’ipulotu, Dwayne Polataivao, Lincoln McClutchie, Fine Inisi.