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Preview – Hurricanes v Highlanders

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The Hurricanes and Highlanders match are always something special and we are in for a great match on Friday when the Hurricanes host the Highlanders.

The Hurricanes coach John Plumtree has made two changes to his side that beat the Brumbies 43-13 last week.

To’omaga-Allen will get a start this week with Jordie Barrett coming back in the side.

Jordie Barrett will start on the wing with Tiatia retaining his fullback jumper after an impressive game last week.

Aso will move to the bench to make way for Jordie.

Most New Zealand derbies are massive and the Highlanders will asked different questions from the Hurricanes.

For the Highlanders we see Aaron Smith and Ben Smith returning to the side.

Whitelock will play at eight with Lentjes retaining his number seven jumper for the match.

Ioane will also retain his flyhalf position.

Prediction: Hurricanes by 12

Teams:

Hurricanes

15 Chase Tiatia, 14 Jordie Barrett, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara; 8 Ardie Savea, 7 Du’Plessis Kirifi, 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Liam Mitchell, 4 James Blackwell, 3 Jeff To’omaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles (captain), 1 Chris Eves

Replacements: 16 Asafo Aumua, 17 Fraser Armstrong, 18 Ben May, 19 Isaia Walker-Leawere, 20 Reed Prinsep, 21 Richard Judd, 22 Jackson Garden-Bachop, 23 Vince Aso

Highlanders

15 Ben Smith (co-captain), 14 Richard Buckman, 13 Sio Tomkinson, 12 Thomas Umaga-Jensen, 11 Tevita Li, 10 Josh Ioane, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Luke Whitelock (co-captain), 7 James Lentjes, 6 Jackson Hemopo, 5 Pari Pari Parkinson, 4 Josh Dickson, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Ayden Johnstone

Replacements: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Daniel Lienert-Brown, 18 Josh Iosefa-Scott, 19 Tom Franklin, 20 Elliot Dixon, 21 Kayne Hammington, 22 Marty Banks, 23 Waisake Naholo

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364201681617218
452211248440214
55311101110-9214
6542113911227113
75320134136-2113
86231130140-10313
96240153172-19112
1053201119813210
115230109116-7210
125230113132-1919
136141166214-4828
145230130131-126
156231145190-4515
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