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Highlanders Named To Play To The Blues

Highlanders’ Head Coach, Jamie Joseph, has named his team to play the Blues at Forsyth Barr Stadium tomorrow night.  The match takes on additional significance with the Gordon Hunter Memorial Trophy on the line.

The trophy honours one of the characters of Otago rugby who was also in the unique
position of having coached both the Highlanders and the Blues.

Otago, under Hunter’s tutelage in the early 1990s, was regarded as one of the most exciting teams in New Zealand and had talent that graced the All Blacks, including players such as Jeff Wilson, Josh Kronfeld and Taine Randell. Hunter, who also played for Otago, was coach of Otago from 1992 until 1995 and became coach of the Highlanders in the first year of Super Rugby.

He then advanced to join the New Zealand selection panel; his first year produced the first test series win by the All Blacks in South Africa. At the end of Hunter’s tenure with the All Blacks in 1999, he took over as coach of the Blues, continuing in that role until ill health forced his retirement. Throughout his coaching career Hunter combined his passion for rugby with his profession as a detective. He died in 2002

Highlanders v Blues, Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin – Saturday 1 June, 7.35pm.
1. Jamie Mackintosh
2. Andrew Hore (captain)
3. Ma’afu Fia
4. Brad Thorn
5. Josh Bekhuis
6. Jarrad Hoeata
7. John Hardie
8. Mose Tuiali’i
9. Fumiaki Tanaka
10. Colin Slade
11. Hosea Gear (vice-captain)
12. Shaun Treeby
13. Tamati Ellison
14. Trent Renata
15. Ben Smith
Reserves
16. Liam Coltman
17. Bronson Murray
18. Elliot Dixon
19. TJ Ioane
20. Aaron Smith
21. Hayden Parker
22. Ma’a Nonu

Highlanders Lose To Force

Final Score Force 19 (10) Highlanders 18 (6)

Scorers

Force
Tries - S.Ebersohn
Pen - J.Hayward 4
Con - J.Hayward
Cards - A. Mathewson (yellow 61st min)

Highlanders
Pen - H.Parker 2, C.Slade 4

Match Officials
Referee: Andrew Lees
Assistant Ref 1:Ian Smith
Assistant Ref 2:Michael Hogan
TMO : George Ayoub

Teams
Force
1. Pek Cowan,2. Heath Tessmann,3. Kieran Longbottom,4. Toby Lynn ,5. Sam Wykes,6. Matt Hodgson (c),7. Chris Alcock,8. Ben McCalman ,9. Alby Mathewson ,10. Sias Ebersohn,11. Nick Cummins,12. Kyle Godwin,13. Ben Jacobs ,14. Patrick Dellit ,15. Jayden Hayward

Replacements : 16. James Hilterbrand,17. Tetera Faulkner,18. Rory Walton,19. Richard Brown ,20. Brett Sheehan,21. Junior Rasolea,22. Sam Norton-Knight

Highlanders
1. Tony Woodcock ,2. Liam Coltman ,3. Ma'afu Fia ,4. Brad Thorn (captain) ,5. Josh Bekhuis ,6. TJ Ioane,7. John Hardie,8. Mose Tuiali'i,9. Aaron Smith ,10. Hayden Parker ,11. Hosea Gear (vice-captain),12. Ma'a Nonu ,13. Tamati Ellison ,14. Jason Emery ,15. Ben Smith

Replacements : 16. Andrew Hore ,17. Bronson Murray ,18. Joe Wheeler ,19. Elliot Dixon ,20. Fumiaki Tanaka ,21. Colin Slade ,22. Tino Nemani

Highlanders Named To Play Western Force

Highlanders’ Head Coach, Jamie Joseph, has named his team to play the Western Force at
NIB Stadium tomorrow night.

Seven changes have been made to the starting XV that played the Bulls last weekend in
Pretoria.  In the forwards, a new front row will take the field with Tony Woodcock, Liam
Coltman and Ma’afu Fia joining the starting XV.  Josh Bekhuis returns from a shoulder
injury and will join Brad Thorn in the second row.  TJ Ioane will start on the blindside with Joe Wheeler
moving to the reserves.

In the backline, first five eighth Hayden Parker will start with Colin Slade moving to the reserves. Ma’a Nonu makes his return to the team after a knee injury, replacing Shaun Treeby who suffered a head knock last weekend.  The final backline change is Jason Emery who comes in for Tino Nemani – who moves to the reserves and is bracketed with Trent Renata.

Brad Thorn will captain the side.    

Highlanders v Western Force, NIB Stadium, Perth – Saturday 25 May, 9.40pm (NZ Time).
1. Tony Woodcock
2. Liam Coltman
3. Ma’afu Fia
4. Brad Thorn (captain)
5. Josh Bekhuis
6. TJ Ioane
7. John Hardie
8. Mose Tuiali’i
9. Aaron Smith
10. Hayden Parker
11. Hosea Gear (vice-captain)
12. Ma’a Nonu
13. Tamati Ellison
14. Jason Emery
15. Ben Smith
Reserves
16. Andrew Hore
17. Bronson Murray
18. Joe Wheeler
19. Elliot Dixon
20. Fumiaki Tanaka
21. Colin Slade
22. Tino Nemani/Trent Renata

Highlanders Lose To Bulls

The Highlanders horror season continued overnight as the Bulls notched up a comfortable 35-18 win at Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria. The Highlanders struggled to gain much momentum throughout the match, as the game became largely dominated by penalties. Late tries to the Southerners bought the score closer, although their fate had largely been settled inside the first half.
 
The Bulls hit the board early thanks to a JJ Engelbrecht try inside the opening two minutes, Morne Steyn adding the conversion to put the home side ahead 7-0, before Colin Slade closed the gap up through a penalty, just minutes later.
 
Slade bought the Highlanders within one point with another penalty in the 14th minute, before Steyn responded with three penalties of his own to give the Bulls a handy 16-6 lead, in a passage where both sides struggled to gain much control of the game.
 
The Highlanders looked set to score a try heading into halftime, showing promise on attack while stringing 12 phases of play together, before coughing the ball up in-sight of the posts. Veteran Bulls winger, Akona Ndungane raced away from the resulting play to score a controversial try, as the pass to him appeared to have travelled forward after Engelbrecht lost control of the ball. Both sides had come back to what they thought would be a scrum, however the try was confirmed by the TMO. Steyn added the conversion to give his side a comfortable 23-6 lead at halftime.
 
Highlanders head coach Jamie Joseph rang the changes at halftime, bringing on four fresh players in Liam Coltman, Jason Emery, TJ Ioane and Tony Woodcock in an effort to turn the game around, although a try early in the second half to Bulls captain Pierre Spies (celebrating his 100th Super Rugby appearance) virtually shut the visitors out of the match.
 
Poor discipline hurt the Highlanders in the second spell, with winger Tino Nemani and Chris King both receiving yellow cards, leaving the Southerners to battle with fourteen players over a 20 minute period. The Bulls went close to scoring, although ultimately could not make use of the player advantage.
 
Further changes were made by both sides, with Japanese halfback Fumiaki Tanaka injecting himself well into the game, helping himself to a try inside the final 10 minutes to help close the score. Hayden Parker, who had also come on to replace Slade, took over the kicking duties to convert Tanaka’s try.
 
Bulls replacement halfback, Jano Vermaak gave his side a bonus point when he raced away from the back of a maul to score their fourth try of the match, with just three minutes left to play. Tamati Ellison showed his strength when he went over for a consolation try after the fulltime siren, Parker missed the conversion attempt from out wide although it didn’t matter as the Bulls had already sealed the win, 35-18.
 
The Highlanders head to Perth next week (Saturday May 25) to take on the Western Force at nib Stadium, with their hopes now set on pulling themselves up from the bottom of the competition standings. Kickoff is set for 19:40 NZ time.
 
Bulls 35 (JJ Engelbrecht, Akona Ndungane, Pierre Spies, Jano Vermaak tries; Morne Steyn 3 con, 3 pen)
 
Highlanders 18 (Fumiaki Tanaka, Tamati Ellison tries; Colin Slade 2 pen, Hayden Parker con)
HT: 23-6

Highlanders Named To Play Bulls

Highlanders’ Head Coach, Jamie Joseph, has named his team to play the Bulls at
Loftus Versfeld on Sunday morning New Zealand time.

Three changes have been made to the starting XV that played the Kings last weekend –
all in the forwards.  Jamie Mackintosh comes into loose-head prop and Tony Woodcock
moves to the reserves.  Jarrad Hoeata moves into lock, replacing Josh Bekhuis who
sustained a shoulder injury last weekend.  Joe Wheeler will start on the blindside and
Mose Tuiali’i will anchor the scrum from number 8. This moves TJ Ioane to the reserves,
joining Elliot Dixon who is also loose-forward cover.

Highlanders v Bulls, Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria – Sunday 19 May, 3.05am (NZ Time).
1. Jamie Mackintosh
2. Andrew Hore (captain)
3. Chris King
4. Brad Thorn
5. Jarrad Hoeata
6. Joe Wheeler
7. John Hardie
8. Mose Tuiali’i
9. Aaron Smith
10. Colin Slade
11. Hosea Gear (vice-captain)
12. Shaun Treeby
13. Tamati Ellison
14. Tino Nemani
15. Ben Smith
Reserves
16. Liam Coltman
17. Tony Woodcock
18. Elliot Dixon
19. TJ Ioane
20. Fumiaki Tanaka
21. Hayden Parker
22. Jason Emery