Highlanders v Waratahs



  • Highlanders:

    1 Aki Seiuli, 2. Liam Coltman, 3. Siate Tokolahi, 4. Alex Ainley, 5. Tom Franklin, 6. Elliot Dixon, 7. Dillon Hunt, 8. Luke Whitelock
    9 Aaron Smith, 10. Marty Banks, 11. Tevita Li, 12. Richard Buckman, 13. Malakai Fekitoa, 14. Waisake Naholo, 15. Ben Smith (cc)

    Reserves:
    16 Ash Dixon (cc), 17. Daniel Lienert-Brown, 18. Siosuia Halanukonuka, 19. Joe Wheeler, 20. Gareth Evans, 21. Kayne Hammington, 22. Lima Sopoaga, 23. Rob Thompson

    Unavailable due to injury: Shane Christie, James Lentjes, Liam Squire, Greg Pleasants-Tate (Out for the season: Jason Emery, Hayden Parker)

    Pulse Energy Highlanders named to play Waratahs in Dunedin

    Ben Smith co-captain of the Pulse Energy Highlanders returns after a three week break for injury to play his record equalling 127th game for the Highlanders.

    Smith stands beside former Highlanders captain Anton Oliver as the clubs most capped player. Also returning from injury is number eight Luke Whitelock meaning a shift for Elliot Dixon to the blindside while Aki Seiuli and Siate Tokolahi retain the starting spots in the front row.

    Waisake Naholo returns on the right wing, replacing Patrick Osborne, after serving his one game suspension last week. The bench has an experienced look to it with regular starters Ash Dixon, Siosuia Halanukonuka, Daniel Lienert-Brown, Joe Wheeler, Lima Sopoaga and Rob Thompson all included.

    Head Coach Tony Brown is delighted to be back home after three weeks on the road β€œit’s always good to be home under the roof in front of our home fans, especially after being away for so long. I know the players are all really looking forward to the challenge against a Waratahs side that includes so many Wallaby players, it should be a good contest.”



  • Good to see Ben Smith & Luke Whitelock back in the squad. Important for Smith to get some much needed game time ahead of the Lions tour. I'm surprised that Sopoaga is named on the bench instead of the starting XV, even though Banks has been good.



  • Clan by a THOWWWWWWWWSAND



  • Tahds unchanged from last week



  • Anyone else worried about this game? Waratahs looked OK last week and might be coming right. Potential banana skin I think.



  • @Damo I was a tad, but your post made me go back and look at the team. Fucken eh!

    Dixon, Whitelock, Soaps, Smith, Thompson, DLB, Wheeler back. Hunt finding his feet finally and killing it. I'm more confident now...



  • Tahs will be dangerous on attack with both Folau and Foley in form and they are in a must win spot. However their defence has been seriously leaky all season long so can't see that changing tonight.



  • Welcome back Ben smith! Breaking tackles at will



  • That's a bit lucky. He looked offside to me. Thought so live as well.



  • That was a poor TMO decision.



  • Pretty weak defence by Elliot Dixon



  • Terrible forward pass missed in the phase beforehand?

    But, flat out terrible effort by Elliot there. Holy fuck that was weak



  • Aaron Smith should stop trying to make those fancy behind-his-back passes. He did the same in one of the previous games and that one also went forward.



  • Stupidity from Smith there.



  • @Bovidae said in Highlanders v Waratahs:

    That was a poor TMO decision.

    What is the point of TMOs.

    Wasted several minutes of our lives for a plain wrong decision. Wasn't even a hard one.

    I'd be perfectly ok with the ref missing that in real time, and we just got in with it.



  • In looking whether Buckman was offside, which part of Luke Whitelock's body should they have looked at? Whitelock's left arm was stretched forward, so arguably his hand was in front of Buckman's foot. In that case, the TMO's decison was correct. But if they can only look at Whitelock's feet, there's room for doubt. There was no good camera angle though.



  • @Stargazer said in Highlanders v Waratahs:

    In looking whether Buckman was offside, which part of Luke Whitelock's body should they have looked at? Whitelock's left arm was stretched forward, so arguably his hand was in front of Buckman's foot. In that case, the TMO's decison was correct. But if they can only look at Whitelock's feet, there's room for doubt. There was no good camera angle though.

    ball is the offside line, isn't it?



  • Shut up Marshall you moron.



  • Good game of footy this.



  • Highlander's have been looking a bit out of ideas - bombs towards Folau are a pretty low percentage play, but they don't have much else other than passing it to B Smith and making meters



  • Shut up Marshall.



  • Tevita Li what the hell was that



  • Shut up gt12, they've got a scrum πŸ™‚

    Pretty poor take their from the landers - gives Tahs a good chance for points.



  • Strange call against Naholo. Correct but you never see that called.



  • poor tackle by Ben Smith



  • @Damo said in Highlanders v Waratahs:

    Strange call against Naholo. Correct but you never see that called.

    Well, it's hurt them.

    Bad drop by Smith and then drops off the tackle too.



  • They need to get Lima on. Banks is no threat to run, Tahs arent committing to the breakdown so need some inside running to be kept in check.

    Tahs have played well.



  • Ben Smith WTF, dropped ball under the sticks then a poor missed tackle.
    Getting his annual quota of errors over and done with in 30 seconds there...



  • The funny thing about the Oz teams is that they have plenty of talent - especially the Tahs - and with a bit of ball they can do good things. When Foley and Folau are going well with front foot ball, they look a different team to their recent shitness.

    The Landers have just been unable to take advantage of opportunities - they had plenty of ball, but dropped it both times they had the Tahs under pressure. They're lucky to be one point back IMO.



  • I've got a sinking feeling about this game now. Too many mistakes by the Clan and Tahs look good.



  • @KiwiMurph said in Highlanders v Waratahs:

    They need to get Lima on. Banks is no threat to run, Tahs arent committing to the breakdown so need some inside running to be kept in check.

    Tahs have played well.

    Good points - especially about numbers at the breakdown. They've been playing wider and that might not be helping them.



  • Wouldnt be too harsh on Ben Smith there - that Taqele is generally pretty fucking useless but trying to stop him in that sort of position is very difficult.



  • @Rapido The term they use "not clear and obvious" is a cop-out if the footage shows the exact opposite.

    Put it this way, if the LIons had been awarded that try against the ABs we'd be bitching and moaning. πŸ˜†

    An enjoyable game and O'Keefe has been good.



  • C;mon boys. No Aussie teams to be NZ teams this year



  • The Buck truck is trucking nicely!



  • Pretty good half of footy. Tahs started slow as they usually do but have built into the game well. Ben Smith has made all the play for the Landers, great to see him running well.

    Aaron Smith has made some mistakes but gee his pass is so superior to any other HB in the world, gives the receiver that extra yard of space. He's still my preferred HB to start, with TJP providing big impetus off the bench.

    Really bad miss from Dixon for the Folau try, tried to take him high for some reason and was left grapsing at air.

    Should be a great 2nd 40.



  • Is Marshall blind? Clear yellow.



  • @Damo said in Highlanders v Waratahs:

    Shut up Marshall.



  • O'Driscolled



  • Clear yellow. Marshall is talking nonsense as usual.


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