Hurricanes name unchanged team for Highlanders

00:01, Mar 16 2012
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Julian Savea (with ball) in action at Hurricanes preseason training.
Hurricanes training
FAITH: Hurricanes coach Mark Hammett has given his players the chance to build on their encouraging first-up effort.
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Julian Savea, left, Cory Jane, with ball, and Conrad Smith go through their paces at a Hurricanes preseason training session.
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Cory Jane connects with a fly kick.
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Hurricanes captain Conrad Smith in action during preseason training.
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Beauden Barrett at Hurricanes preseason training.
Anthony Boric scores a try for the Blues during the Super Rugby preseason match between The Blues and The Hurricanes.
Anthony Boric scores a try for the Blues during the Super Rugby preseason match between The Blues and The Hurricanes.
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The preseason Super Rugby match between the Hurricanes and Crusaders, Mangatainoka.
Super Rugby Hurricanes vs Crusaders preseason game at Mangatainoka.
Super Rugby Hurricanes vs Crusaders preseason game at Mangatainoka.
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Crowds before the Crowd, preseason game at Mangatainoka.
The Hurricanes vs Crusaders game at Mangatainoka.
The Hurricanes vs Crusaders game at Mangatainoka.
The Hurricanes vs Crusaders game at Mangatainoka.
The Hurricanes vs Crusaders game at Mangatainoka.
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POOL PLAY: Hurricanes players, from left, Brad Shields and Conrad Smith, and Liam Messam, from the Chiefs, tussle for supremacy in the bumper boats at the launch of the 2012 Super Rugby competition at Rainbow's End in Auckland.
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Hurricanes rookie Tim Bateman.
Hurricanes and Chiefs players scramble for the ball in the wet at Taupo.
Hurricanes and Chiefs players scramble for the ball in the wet at Taupo.
The Hurricanes celebrate a try against the Chiefs.
The Hurricanes celebrate a try against the Chiefs.
Hurricanes vs Chiefs preseason game at Taupo.
Hurricanes vs Chiefs preseason game at Taupo.
Chris Smylie gets a kick away against the Chiefs in Taupo.
Chris Smylie gets a kick away against the Chiefs in Taupo.

The Hurricanes have named an unchanged team for Saturday night's clash against the Highlanders in Wellington.

They showed impressive form dispatching the Western Force 46-19 in Perth last weekend, and coach Mark Hammett will stick with the young team who look to be hitting their stride.

It will be the Hurricanes first home match of the campaign, having opened their campaign in South Africa.

The match will be an interesting showdown with a scattering of All Blacks in both teams and former Hurricanes player Hosea Gear playing on the wing for The Otago based franchise.

There are also several Wellington players and others from the Hurricanes franchise region in the Highlanders team.

Hurricanes assistant coach Alama Ieremia said earlier this week that the team would be preparing for a physical encounter with the Highlanders, who are the top Kiwi side on the Super Rugby table at the moment.

"We have to make sure we are physical in training and prepared for that battle."

Highlanders loose forward Adam Thomson said that the Hurricanes' underdog status could work in their favour.

"A team like that, with no expectations, they can throw it around and back themselves, that's a dangerous team."

The Hurricanes sit on 9 points on the super rugby competition ladder.

The game is at 7.35 on Saturday at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington.

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Alapati Leiua of the Hurricanes on the charge.
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Beauden Barrett of the Hurricanes on his way to scoring despite the efforts of Gio Aplon of the Stormers.
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Jason Eaton of the Hurricanes passes the ball from a ruck.
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The Hurricanes celebrate after thinking they had scored a try which was later disallowed.
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Andre Taylor of the Hurricanes is tackled by Andries Bekker and Brok Harris of the Stormers.
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Cory Jane of the Hurricanes is tackled by Gio Aplon of the Stormers.
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TJ Perenara of the Hurricanes looks on as Dewaldt Duvenage of the Stormers puts the ball into the scrum.

Hurricanes:

1.Ben May
2. Dane Coles
3.Jeffery Toomaga-Allen
4. Jeremy Thrush
5. Jason Eaton
6. Faifili Levave
7.Jack Lam
8.Victor Vito
9.TJ Perenara
10. Beauden Barrett
11.Julian Savea
12.  Tim Bateman
13. Conrad Smith (c)
14.   Cory Jane
15.  Andre Taylor
 

RESERVES

16. Motu Matu'u

17. Michael Bent

18. James Broadhurst

19. Brad Shields

20. Chris Eaton

21. Daniel Kirkpatrick

22. Charlie Ngatai

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Beauden Barrett of the Hurricanes spreads the ball.
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Victor Vito of the Hurricanes runs with the ball.
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TJ Perenara of the Hurricanes runs the ball in for a try during the round three Super Rugby match between the Western Force and the Hurricanes.
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Chris Eaton of the Hurricanes prepares to pass the ball.
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Julian Savea of the Hurricanes looks to break from a tackle by Salesi Ma'afu of the Force.
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James Broadhurst of the Hurricanes gets his pass away before being tackled by Sam Wykes of the Force.
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Brad Shields of the Hurricanes congratulates TJ Perenara a after scoring a try.

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SETTLED: The Hurricanes will field an unchanged team against the Highlanders.