Prop Tony Woodcock benched by Highlanders

NATHAN BURDON
Last updated 18:45 17/05/2013
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ON THE SIDELINE: Tony Woodcock will be on the bench for the Highlanders against the Bulls.

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All Black prop Tony Woodcock will be on the bench for the Highlanders when they try to break the Bulls' home winning streak on Sunday morning (NZT).

The Bulls are unbeaten in five starts at Loftus Versfeld, however, the Highlanders did win the last game between the sides in Pretoria in 2011.

Stags captain Jamie Mackintosh will start just his second game of the season in place of Woodcock, while Mose Tuiali'i takes over from TJ Ioane at No 8.

The other change to the forward pack is injury-related with Josh Bekhuis ruled out by a shoulder problem, seeing Jarrad Hoeata moving into the second row.

Hoeata has been replaced at blinside by Joe Wheeler.

HIGHLANDERS: Ben Smith, Tino Nemani, Tamati Ellison, Shaun Treeby, Hosea Gear, Colin Slade, Aaron Smith, Mose Tuiali'i, John Hardie, Joe Wheeler, Jarrad Hoeata, Brad Thorn, Chris King, Andrew Hore (captain), Jamie Mackintosh. Reserves: Liam Coltman, Tony Woodcock, Elliot Dixon, TJ Ioane, Fumiaki Tanaka, Hayden Parker, Jason Emery.

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