Landers likely to ring the changes

Mon, 08 Apr 2013 17:31
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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.

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 28 April 2017
Highlanders v Stormers 07h35 Dunedin
Cardiff Blues v Zebre 18h05 Cardiff
Edinburgh v Dragons 18h35 Myreside
Leinster v Glasgow Warriors 18h35 RDS Arena
Newcastle Falcons v Worcester Warriors 19h00 Kingston Park
Sat, 29 April 2017
Chiefs v Sunwolves 07h35 Hamilton
Reds v Waratahs 09h45 Suncorp Stadium
Force v Lions 11h55 Perth
Ospreys v Ulster 14h00 Liberty Stadium
Bath v Gloucester 14h00 Recreation Ground
Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints 14h00 Sandy Park
Saracens v Bristol 14h00 Allianz Park
Harlequins v Wasps 14h00 Twickenham Stoop
Leicester Tigers v Sale Sharks 14h00 Welford Road
Cheetahs v Crusaders 15h15 Bloemfontein
Treviso v Munster 17h05 Stadio Monigo
Kings v Rebels 17h30 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Connacht v Scarlets 18h35 Sportsground
Jaguares v Sharks 19h40 Buenos Aires
Sun, 30 April 2017
Brumbies v Blues 06h05 Canberra
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 23 April 2017
Clermont Auvergne v Leinster 27 | 22
Sat, 22 April 2017
Sharks v Rebels 9 | 9
Bulls v Cheetahs 20 | 14
Munster v Saracens 10 | 26
Force v Chiefs 7 | 16
Crusaders v Stormers 57 | 24
Highlanders v Sunwolves 40 | 15
Fri, 21 April 2017
Lions v Jaguares 24 | 21
Waratahs v Kings 24 | 26
Hurricanes v Brumbies 56 | 21
Mon, 17 April 2017
UP-Tuks v Maties 28 | 21
Sun, 16 April 2017
Bristol v Wasps 21 | 36
Northampton Saints v Saracens 25 | 27
Sat, 15 April 2017
Connacht v Leinster 24 | 37
Treviso v Edinburgh 21 | 6
SUPER RUGBY
MORE LOGS
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 8 3 0 5 17
Reds 8 2 0 6 10
Force 7 2 0 5 9
Waratahs 8 2 0 6 9
Rebels 7 1 1 5 7
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 8 8 0 0 36
Hurricanes 8 7 0 1 33
Chiefs 8 7 0 1 33
Highlanders 8 5 0 3 23
Blues 8 3 0 5 17
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 8 6 0 2 26
Bulls 8 3 0 5 14
Cheetahs 8 2 0 6 10
Sunwolves 8 1 0 7 5
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 8 7 0 1 32
Sharks 8 5 1 2 24
Jaguares 8 4 0 4 20
Kings 8 2 0 6 10