Mackintosh returns for Highlanders’ Reds clash


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The Highlanders have named their team to face the Reds with Jamie Mackintosh making a return after recovering from from his turf toe injury.

Kenny Lynn also returns to the backline which moves Ben Smith back on to the wing after he played centre last weekend.

Smith’s return pushes James Paterson down to the bench

Mackintosh and Lynn’s return to fitness means that Joe Tuineau and Keith Cameron drop out of the team.

Tom Donnelly was unavailable for this week’s match with his ankle injury as was Clint Newland with a back injury.

Sean Romans will also miss the season finale with his hamstring injury.

Michael Hobbs is also out this week due to his hand injury as is Jason Macdonald with his Achilles injury.

The Highlanders

1 Chris King 2 Jason Rutledge 3 Bronson Murray 4 Josh Bekhuis 5 Hayden Triggs 6 Adam Thomson (vc) 7 Alando Soakai 8 Steven Setephano 9 Jimmy Cowan ( c ) 10 Matt Berquist 11 Fetu’u Vainikolo 12 Jason Shoemark 13 Kenny Lynn 14 Ben Smith 15 Israel Dagg

Replacements: 16. Peter Mirrielees 17. Jamie Mackintosh 18. Joe Tuineau 19. John Hardie 20. Scott Cowan 21. Robbie Robinson 22. James Paterson

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