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Sport24.co.za | First-choice locks return to bolster Highlanders


Cape Town – The Highlanders are boosted by the return of lock pairing
Jackson Hemopo and Dillon Hunt for the Super Rugby clash with the Waratahs in
Sydney on Saturday. 

The return of Hemopo and Hunt to the pack, Patelesio
Tomkinsons’ selection in the midfield and Aaron Smith back at scrumhalf are the
main features of the Highlanders team to take on the Waratahs on Saturday. 

Hemopo replaces veteran lock Alex Ainley and the
hard-working Hunt returns for James Lentjes.

In the backs, Smith takes the place of the well performed
Kayne Hammington, and Tevita Li is back from injury and will take a spot on the
bench. 

Tomkinson gets his first starting opportunity in the
midfield with Teihorangi Walden sitting the game out after experiencing
concussion symptoms during the week.

A former NZ U20 player, Tomkinson, is a hard-hitting young
midfielder from Otago who has had limited opportunities since joining the club
last season.

Teams:

Waratahs

15 Israel Folau, 14 Cam Clark, 13 Curtis Rona, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Jake Gordon, 8 Michael Wells, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Will Miller, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Tom Staniforth, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Damien Fitzpatrick, 1 Tom Robertson

Substitutes: 16 Tolu Latu, 17 Harry Johnson-Holmes, 18 Shambeckler Vui, 19 Ryan McCauley, 20 Jed Holloway, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Lalakai Foketi, 23 Bryce Hegarty

Highlanders

15 Ben Smith (co-captain), 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Rob Thompson, 12 Sio Tomkinson, 11 Tevita Nabura, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 Dillon Hunt, 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Jackson Hemopo, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Ash Dixon (co-captain), 1 Daniel Lienert-Brown

Substitutes: 16 Liam Coltman, 17 Aki Seiuli, 18 Kalolo Tuiloma, 19 Shannon Frizell, 20 Marino Mikaele Tu’u, 21 Kayne Hammington, 22 Josh Ioane, 23 Tevita Li



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