Hurricanes name unchanged team for Highlanders

Last updated 08:57 15/03/2012
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SETTLED: The Hurricanes will field an unchanged team against the Highlanders.
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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.

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

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17. Michael Bent

18. James Broadhurst

19. Brad Shields

20. Chris Eaton

21. Daniel Kirkpatrick

22. Charlie Ngatai

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