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King reaches Highlanders century

01st May 2014 06:32


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Top tackler: Chris King

Highlanders' head coach, Jamie Joseph, has named the team to play the Stormers at Newlands, with Chris King winning his 100th cap.

After an exciting win at the shark tank in Durban the Highlanders will be keen to secure another win on the road in South Africa.

Patrick Osborne and Craig Millar returned to New Zealand this earlier week after receiving injuries in the game against the Sharks.

Osborne has re-aggravated the high ankle injury received in the Round 2 game against the Blues and Millar received a left shoulder injury. Matias Diaz has joined the team in South Africa and fills the front row reserve spot on the bench.

The rest of the team remains largely unchanged with Chris King lacing up his boots for his 100th game for the Highlanders in Super Rugby.

This year marks his 10th season as a Highlander and he doesn't look like he is slowing down. King is currently third in the 2014 Super Rugby tackle statistics for the Highlanders on 85 tackles (as at Round 11) and has a massive work rate around the field.

Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith, 14 Richard Buckman, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Shaun Treeby, 11 Trent Renata, 10 Liam Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Nasi Mani, 7 John Hardie, 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Josh Bekhuis, 4 Joe Wheeler, 3 Chris King, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Kane Hames
Replacements: 16 Brayden Mitchell, 17 Matías Díaz, 18 Ma'afu Fia, 19 Jarrad Hoeata, 20 Shane Christie, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Jason Emery, 23 Phil Burleigh

Date: Saturday, May 3
Kick-off: 15:00 (local,13:00 GMT)
Venue: Newlands, Cape Town
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Assistant Referees: tba (South Africa), Quinton Immelman (South Africa)
TMO: Deon van Blommestein (South Africa)

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