Landers likely to ring the changes

Mon, 08 Apr 2013 17:31
Large kadepokihighlanders Large jamie joseph highlanders 63 Large steve walso and ma a nonu

Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph looks set to overhaul his team for Friday’s Super Rugby match against the Brumbies in Dunedin.

Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph looks set to overhaul his team for Friday’s Super Rugby match against the Brumbies in Dunedin.

Injuries will force Joseph’s hand after the embattled side lost three more players in the defeat to the Blues last Friday.
 
Buxton Popoali'i (head knock), Jason Emery (ribs) and Lima Sopoaga (ankle) have all been ruled out through injury, opening the door for the likes of Hayden Parker, who impressed during the pre-season.

Kade Poki will make a welcome return with Joseph possibly injecting more fresh faces into the side as the Highlands try to end their worst start to a Super Rugby campaign since 2008 with a maiden victory on Friday.
 
Tamati Ellison, however, is still a couple of weeks away from returning after undergoing off-season shoulder surgery.
 
"The thing about Tamati is he's very much our calming influence in the backline and he's been sorely missed in terms of tactical appreciation, support for our 10 outside, those sorts of things," Joseph told Fairfax NZ News.
 
"When he comes back it isn't going to automatically turn either, because he's going to be short of a gallop but that role is sorely lacking in the backline."
 
Joseph was left frustrated by his team’s 18-29 loss in Auckland but accepted referee Steve Walsh’s decision to issue Ma'a Nonu a yellow carded for a shoulder charge on Piri Weepu, which cost his team 12 points.
 
"A shoulder charge, absolutely, those are the rules," Joseph said of the ruling.
 
"Having said that, if [Andrew Hore] had got low and made the tackle on Piri, and then Aaron [Smith] had got low, then we'd be talking about nothing.
 
“Those are the things that are really costing us. Steve Walsh and Ma'a go back a long way and I'm not really sure what the story is there."
 
Joseph felt Nonu had possibly tried too hard to make up for his mistake when he returned to the field and credited the Blues for nullifying the All Black midfielder.
 
Joseph said a pleasing aspect of the match was the performance of Mose Tuiali'i, who played in his first Super Rugby match since 2008 after returning from Japan.

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 26 August 2016
Golden Lions v Boland 15h00 Johannesburg
Pumas v Griquas 17h10 Kimberley
Sat, 27 August 2016
New Zealand v Australia 07h35 Wellington
EP Kings v Western Province 14h00 Port Elizabeth
Sharks v Blue Bulls 16h10 Durban
Argentina v South Africa 17h40 Salta
RESULT SCORE
Sat, 20 August 2016
South Africa v Argentina 30 | 23
Golden Lions v Griquas 24 | 30
Australia v New Zealand 8 | 42
Fri, 19 August 2016
Blue Bulls v EP Kings 49 | 35
Western Province v Free State Cheetahs 25 | 32
Boland v Sharks 20 | 41
Sat, 13 August 2016
Free State Cheetahs v Blue Bulls 43 | 20
Golden Lions v Pumas 68 | 26
Fri, 12 August 2016
Sharks v Griquas 46 | 24
EP Kings v Boland 10 | 28
Sat, 06 August 2016
Boland v Free State Cheetahs 16 | 44
Hurricanes v Lions 20 | 3
Fri, 05 August 2016
Pumas v Sharks 10 | 33
Blue Bulls v Western Province 45 | 26
Sat, 30 July 2016
Lions v Highlanders 42 | 30
SUPER RUGBY
MORE LOGS
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 15 10 0 5 43
Waratahs 15 8 0 7 40
Rebels 15 7 0 8 31
Reds 15 3 1 11 17
Force 15 2 0 13 13
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Hurricanes 15 11 0 4 53
Highlanders 15 11 0 4 52
Chiefs 15 11 0 4 51
Crusaders 15 11 0 4 50
Blues 15 8 1 6 39
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 15 10 1 4 51
Bulls 15 9 1 5 42
Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 21
Sunwolves 15 1 1 13 9
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 14 11 0 3 52
Sharks 15 9 1 5 43
Jaguares 14 3 0 11 18
Kings 15 2 0 13 9