The Roar
The Roar

Advertisement

Highlanders vs Queensland Reds: Super Rugby Pacific live scores, blog

26th May, 2023
Live Comments
Advertisement

Highlanders

35

Match Complete

Queensland Reds

30

78
HIG35 : 30QUE

Autoplay in... 6 (Cancel)
Up Next No more videos! Playlist is empty -
Replay
Cancel
Next
Roar Guru
26th May, 2023
421
6515 Reads

Highlanders

35

Match Complete

Queensland Reds

30

F. Burns78
F. Fakatava77
72T. Lynagh
S. Gilbert68
C. Garden-Bachop66
S. Gilbert59
S. Mau58
56T. Lynagh
43T. Lynagh
38T. Lynagh
37S. Vunivalu
S. Gilbert27
H. Renton26
S. Gilbert17
J. Nareki16
12T. Lynagh
11J. Upfield
8T. Lynagh
7L. Wright

5
Tries
3
5
Conversions
3
0
Penalty Goals
3
0
Field Goals
0

Show Preview

The Queensland Reds look to claim victory at Forsyth Barr Stadium for the first time since 2013 and keep their finals hopes ticking. Join The Roar for live updates from 5.00pm AEST.

The ninth-placed Highlanders are looking at a tight finish to make the top eight, with the Force only three points ahead in eighth and the Reds another point above in seventh.

Reds coach Brad Thorn has made six changes to the starting XV who lost to the Blues last week. Hunter Paisami makes his return to the bench, recovering from a knee injury in Round 5. James O’Connor is back from the concussion he suffered and reprises the No.12 role. Peni Ravai, Matt Faessler and Zane Nonggorr form a new-look front row combination. Angus Blyth and Connor Vest start as locks for the third straight match.

The powerful Harry Wilson is back in the starting side, after a couple games on the bench. Seru Uru will act as backup to Wilson off the bench. Tom Lynagh runs on at No.10 for the first time since Round 3 as Lawson Creighton drops to the bench. Filipo Daugunu is ruled out with a foot injury and so winger Mac Grealy comes in at the left wing.

The Highlanders have made three changes to their starting lineup, following the last gasp win against the Rebels last week. Shannon Frizell moves into the back row again as Pari Pari Parkinson takes up one half of the second row. This forces Sean Withy to the bench. Fetuli Paea is out, meaning that Matt Whaanga is on for a debut at No.13 after Thomas Umaga-Jensen was withdrawn because of injury. Connor Garden-Bachop heads to the bench and Mitch Hunt is promoted from the bench to start at fullback.

Friday marks an important night for the Highlanders franchise as they say goodbye to Aaron Smith after 12 years. The veteran is the team’s most capped player with this weekend’s game being his 184th appearance. The legendary No.9 helped his team win the 2015 Super Rugby title.

“It’s sad but it’s exciting as well with the opportunity we have as a team,” Smith said. “I owe this place a lot. I owe Dunedin a lot. I owe the Highlanders a lot. I’ve got a lot of special moments on this field.

“I would just love nothing more than just a win this weekend, to be honest.”

Advertisement

Game Information
Venue: Forsyth Barr Stadium
Kick-off: 5:05 (AEST)
Live stream: Stan Sport
Betting: Highlanders $1.42, Reds $2.90 – odds via Playup

Teams

Highlanders (1-15): Ethan De Groot, Andrew Makalio, Jermaine Ainsley, Pari Pari Parkinson, Max Hicks, Shannon Frizell, Billy Harmon, Hugh Renton, Aaron Smith, Freddie Burns, Jona Nareki, Sam Gilbert, Matt Whaanga, Jonah Lowe, Mitch Hunt.

Replacements: Rhys Marshall, Dan Lienert-Brown, Saula Mau, Marino Mikaele-Tu’u, Sean Withy, Folau Fakatava, Connor Garden-Bachop, Scott Gregory.

Reds (1-15): Peni Ravai, Matt Faessler, Zane Nonggorr, Angus Blyth, Connor Vest, Liam Wright, Fraser McReight, Harry Wilson, Tate McDermott, Tom Lynagh, Mac Grealy, James O’Connor, Josh Flook, Suliasi Vunivalu, Jock Campbell.

Replacements: Richie Asiata, Dane Zander, Sef Fa’agase, Jake Upfield, Seru Uru, Kalani Thomas, Lawson Creighton, Hunter Paisami.

Referee: Brendon Pickerill.

Advertisement

Hide Preview

close