Hurricanes vs. Highlanders
Friday June 5, 2015, 7.35pm
McLean Park, Napier
Referee: Jaco Peyper (SA)
- Highlanders wing Waisake Naholo leads the compeition in tries scored (9) while Hurricanes halfback TJ Perenara is second (8);
- The Highlanders rank second (27.6) and the Hurricanes third (27.2) in points scored per game this year;
- 11 of the past 15 games between the two sides have been won by the away team;
- The Highlanders are looking to get four wins in a row for the first time since 2012;
- The last 13 matches between the two sides have seen the match end with a margin of seven points or less.
Key Match Ups
- Julian Savea vs. Waisake Naholo (wing);
- Beauden Barrett vs. Lima Sopoaga (first five-eighth);
- TJ Perenara vs. Fumiaki Tanaka (halfback);
- Victor Vito vs. Elliot Dixon (number 8).
Hurricanes: James Marshall, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Conrad Smith (c), Rey Lee-Lo, Julian Savea, Beauden Barrett, TJ Perenara, Victor Vito, Ardie Savea, Blade Thomson, James Broadhurst, Jeremy Thrush, Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, Dane Coles, Reggie Goodes. Reserves (from): Brayden Mitchell, Chris Eves, Mark Abbott, Callum Gibbins, Brad Shields, Chris Smylie, Cory Jane, Willis Halaholo.
Highlanders: Marty Banks, Waisake Naholo, Jason Emery, Richard Buckman, Ryan Tongia, Lima Sopoaga, Fumiaki Tanaka, Elliot Dixon, John Hardie, Gareth Evans, Tom Franklin, Alex Ainley, Josh Hohneck, Ash Dixon (captain), Brendon Edmonds. Reserves: Liam Coltman, Daniel Lienert-Brown, Ross Geldenhuys, Joe Latta, Dan Pryor, Scott Eade, Shaun Treeby, Kurt Baker.