Hurricanes vs. Highlanders
Friday, 20 March 2015, 7.35pm
Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Referee: Ben O'Keeffe (NZ)
- The Hurricanes have won their opening four games for the first time in Super Rugby; they are aiming to win five in a row for the first time since 2003 when they won seven in a row.
- The Highlanders have the best lineout success rate this season (91%).
- The Highlanders have spent less time in possession than any other team this season, averaging just 12 minutes and 54 seconds with the ball per game.
- The Hurricanes have the best tackling success rate this season (90%) and have completed more tackles on average than any other team.
Key Match Ups:
Nehe Milner-Skudder vs. Ben Smith (fullback)
Conrad Smith vs. Malakai Fekitoa (centre)
Beauden Barrett vs. Lima Sopoaga (first five-eighth)
TJ Perenara vs. Aaron Smith (halfback)
Brad Shields vs. Elliot Dixon (blindside)
Dane Coles vs. Liam Coltman (hooker)
Hurricanes: Nehe Milner-Skudder, Cory Jane, Conrad Smith (c), Ma'a Nonu, Julian Savea, Beauden Barrett, TJ Perenara, Victor Vito, Ardie Savea, Brad Shields, Blade Thomson, Jeremy Thrush, Ben Franks, Dane Coles, Reggie Goodes. Reserves: Motu Matu'u, Ben May, Chris Eves, Mark Abbott, Callum Gibbins, Chris Smylie, Rey Lee-Lo, James Marshall.
Highlanders: Ben Smith (co-captain), Waisake Naholo, Malakai Fekitoa, Shaun Treeby, Patrick Osborne, Lima Sopoaga, Aaron Smith, Nasi Manu (co-captain), Dan Pryor, Elliot Dixon, Joe Wheeler, Tom Franklin, Josh Hohneck, Liam Coltman, Brendon Edmonds. Reserves: Ash Dixon, Daniel Leniert-Brown, Pingi Tala'apitaga, Mark Reddish, Gareth Evans, Fumiaki Tanaka, Marty Banks, Jason Emery.