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The Highlanders are playing only for pride, and would dearly love to get one up over their rivals to the North, with the men from the Deep South in a similar position (final's chances notwithstanding) as both these sides are still firmly within the shadows of teams such as the Chiefs and Crusaders.
If Jamie Joseph's troops wish to avoid the 'wooden spoon', then they will need to win in Wellington to keep them off the bottom of the table.
Saturday 6 July
Hurricanes v Highlanders
Westpac Stadium, Wellington
R Mike Fraser
AR Glen Jackson
AR Richard Kelly
TMO Glenn Newman
Head to head: Played 20, Hurricanes 12, Highlanders 8
Last match: Hurricanes 23 Highlanders 19 @Dunedin (2013SR, R5)
Notable fact: Landers have won last two in Wellington
Hurricanes: James Marshall; Alapati Leiua, Conrad Smith, Reynold Lee-Lo, Julian Savea; Beauden Barrett, TJ Perenara; Victor Vito, Karl Lowe, Faifili Levave; James Broadhurst, Jeremy Thrush; Ben May, Ash Dixon, Ben Franks. Replacements: Reggie Goodes, John Schwalger, Mark Reddish, Brad Shields, Jack Lam, Chris Smylie, Matt Proctor.
Highlanders: Ben Smith; Kade Poki, Shaun Treeby, Tamati Ellison, Hosea Gear; Colin Slade, Aaron Smith; Mose Tuiali'i, Elliot Dixon, TJ Ioane; Josh Bekhuis, Brad Thorn (captain); Ma'afu Fia, Liam Coltman, Tony Woodcock. Replacements: Andrew Hore, Bronson Murray, Jake Paringatai, Joe Wheeler, Fumiaki Tanaka, Hayden Parker, Buxton Popoalii.