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Highlanders tweak pack

24th April 2014 06:24

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Back at eight: Nasi Manu

Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph has made three changes to his team to face the Sharks at Kings Park in Durban on Saturday.

Joseph has made just two personnel and one positional change to team which beat the Bulls a fortnight ago as they kick of their South African tour.

Jarrad Hoeata return to the second row in the place of Brad Thorn, whose season is over due to a bicep injury.

Co-captain Nasi Manu returns to the back row after coming off the bench against the Bulls while Elliot Dixon shifts to the blindside flank. Gareth Evans drops to the bench.

The backline remains unchanged. Josh Bekhuis is added to the bench as second row cover.

Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith, 14 Richard Buckman, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Shaun Treeby, 11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Nasi Manu, 7 Shane Christie, 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Joe Wheeler, 4 Jarrad Hoeata, 3 Chris King, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Kane Hames.
Replacements: 16 Ged Robinson, 17 Craig Millar, 18 Ma'afu Fia, 19 Josh Bekhuis, 20 Gareth Evans, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Trent Renata, 23 John Hardie.

Date: Friday, April 25
Venue: Kings Park Stadium, Durban
Kick-off: 19.10 (17.10 GMT)
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Stuart Berry (South Africa), Quinton Immelman (South Africa)
Television match official: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

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