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Joseph tinkers with Highlanders for Stormers

Ben Smith and the Highlanders are aiming for a South African double

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Article Published: Thursday 1 May 2014|

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Head coach Jamie Joseph has named an almost unchanged Highlanders team to play the Stormers Newlands Stadium in Cape Town on Saturday.

Patrick Osborne and Craig Millar returned to New Zealand this earlier week after receiving injuries in the victory over the Sharks last weekend

Osborne has re-aggravated the high ankle injury received in the round 2 game against the Blues and Millar received a left shoulder injur

In the forwards Josh Bekhuis replaces Jarrad Hoeata while John Hardie come in for Shane Christie who rotates down to the bench with Hoeata.

Trent Renata comes in to replace the injured Patrick Osborne and Matias Diaz has joined the team in South Africa and fills the front row reserve spot on the bench.

The rest of the team remains largely unchanged with Chris King lacing up his boots for his 100th game for the Highlanders in Super Rugby.

This year marks his 10th season as a Highlander and he doesn't look like he is slowing down.

King is currently third in the 2014 Super Rugby tackle statistics for the Highlanders on 85 tackles (as at round 11) and has a massive work rate around the field.

Highlanders

1 . Kane Hames , 2 . Liam Coltman , 3 . Chris King , 4 . Josh Bekhuis , 5 . Joe Wheeler , 6 . Elliot Dixon , 7 . John Hardie , 8 . Nasi Manu (co.captain) , 9 . Aaron Smith , 10 . Lima Sopoaga , 11 . Trent Renata , 12 . Shaun Treeby , 13 . Malakai Fekitoa , 14 . Richard Buckman , 15 . Ben Smith (co.captain)

Replacements : 16 . Brayden Mitchell , 17 . Matias Diaz , 18 . Ma’afu Fia , 19 . Jarrad Hoeata , 20 . Shane Christie , 21 . Fumiaki Tanaka , 22 . Jason Emery , 23 . Phil Burleigh

 
 
 
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