Highlanders make more changes for Reds game

04:53, Jul 05 2012
Andrew Hore
HAPPY HOOKER: Andrew Hore is back in the Highlanders starting lineup.

The Highlanders have made two late changes to their team to face the Reds in a must-win game at Suncorp Stadium tomorrow.

Jimmy Cowan replaces Aaron Smith at halfback, with Smith dropping tot he bench, while it is also a direct swap at lock with Josh Bekhuis replacing Jarrad Hoeata.

After losing to the Chiefs last weekend, the Highlanders must win tomorrow night to retain a slim chance of making the playoffs.

Andrew Hore returns at hooker while the Southerners also welcome back English import James Haskell at No 7.

In the backs, Mike Delany will start at first five in place of Chris Noakes while Siale Piutau comes in at centre for Tamati Ellison who suffered a hamstring injury against the Chiefs.

Kick-off is at 9.30pm (NZ time).

Highlanders: Ben Smith, Kade Poki, Siale Piutau, Phil Burleigh, Hosea Gear, Mike Delany, Jimmy Cowan, Nasi Manu, James Haskell, Adam Thomson, Nick Crosswell, Josh Bekhuis, Ma'afu Fia, Andrew Hore, Jamie Mackintosh (capt). Reserves: Jason Rutledge, Chris King, Jarrad Hoeata, Tim Boys, Aaron Smith, Chris Noakes, Kenny Lynn.

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