Highlanders’ Head Coach, Jamie Joseph, has named his team to play the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday evening at 17:05 CAT. He has made one change to the run-on team that played the Blues in Dunedin last Friday night.
Fullback Ben Smith returns to the starting XV and Tamati Ellison moves from fullback to centre in place of Phil Burleigh who drops out of the 22.
On the reserves bench, Tongan international Siale Piutau make a welcome return to the 22 after an ankle injury.
Highlanders vs Cheetahs, Bloemfontein, Saturday 28 April, 17:05 CAT.
Head Coach – Jamie Joseph, Assistant Coach – Simon Culhane, Manager – Leicester Rutledge
Injured Update: Colin Slade (leg), Nick Crosswell (knee), Kade Poki (ankle), Bronson Murray (shoulder) & John Hardie (foot).