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Highlanders v Stormers

Date
Adam Thomson of the Highlanders.

Adam Thomson of the Highlanders. Photo: Getty Images

Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, Saturday 5.35pm (AEST)
Last meeting:
Round 4 2011 - Stormers 18 bt Highlanders 6 in Cape Town
Head-to-head:
Played 15 Highlanders 8 Stormers 6 Drawn 1
Referee:
Chris Pollock (NZL)
TV:
Live, FoxSports 3
TAB Sportsbet:
Highlanders $1.70 Stormers $2.05

Greg Growden writes: Laugh if you like, but is this a preliminary run of this year's final? These two teams have been the early competition frontrunners, and now the Highlanders can establish their authority as they are back at the Dunedin zoo, and at the best indoor rugby stadium going around.

AAP writes: A cracker between the top-two teams, with South African leader the Stormers (5-0, 24 pts) sitting atop the ladder but facing a big test in their first tour game against the top Kiwi side (5-1, 22pts). The Highlanders continue to delight with their all-out attack, but their intensely-physical style has taken an injury toll which has cost them some key players. The Stormers have only one change from the team that beat the Bulls, rotating prop Frans Malherbe in. The Stormers' all-round quality should prevail, but there is so much pride in the home team that an upset is on the cards.

HIGHLANDERS: TBA

STORMERS: Joe Pietersen, Gio Aplon,Juan de Jongh, Jean de Villiers (c), Bryan Habana, Peter Grant, Dewaldt Duvenage, Duane Vermeulen, Rynhardt Elstadt, Siya Kolisi, Andries Bekker, Eben Etzebeth, Frans Malherbe, Tiaan Liebenberg, Steven Kitshoff. Reserves: Deon Fourie, Brok Harris, De Kock Steenkamp, Nick Koster, Louis Schreuder, Burton Francis, Gerhard van den Heever.

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