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Super Rugby Pacific teams for Round 13

The Blues are at home against the Highlanders as they try and continue leading Super Rugby
When your team leads the competition, Blues fans can have a sense of humour. PHOTO: DAVE LINTOTT PHOTOGRAPHY

Round 13 of Super Rugby Pacific is a great chance for the Hurricanes to get back to winning, and the Highlanders to prove they can do it again.

The Chiefs featuring a returning Shaun Stevenson at fullback will try to beat the Rebels away and the Crusaders to do something with their season.


The Blues lead the competition, by just two points from the Canes after a lack of bonus points, but all they will care about is fending off the charged up Highlanders at Eden Park

Hurricanes vs Moana Pasifika

Friday, May 17, Sky Stadium, Wellington, 7.05pm

The Hurricanes will be aiming to prove they are a contender again after their loss the Blues last week.

There's 11 changes to the starting line-up with All Blacks Jordie Barrett, TJ Perenara and Tyrel Lomax all rested.

Hooker James O’Reilly is back from his concussion symptoms and is in the reserves as Raymond Tuputupu gets his first Hurricanes start.

HURRICANES: Harry Godfrey, Daniel Sinkinson, Bailyn Sullivan, Peter Umaga-Jensen, Kini Naholo, Aidan Morgan, Richard Judd, Devan Flanders, Du'Plessis Kirifi, Brad Shields (c), Ben Grant, Justin Sangster, Siale Lauaki, Raymond Tuputupu, Pouri Rakete-Stones. Reserves: James O'Reilly, Xavier Numia, Pasilio Tosi, Isaia Walker-Leawere, Peter Lakai, Jordi Viljoen, Riley Higgins, Salesi Rayasi

MOANA PASIFIKA: Danny Toala, Fine Inisi, Henry Faefu, Julian Savea, Neria Fomai, William Havili, Jonathan Taumateine, Lotu Inisi, Sione Havili Talitui (c), Jacob Norris, Allan Craig, Tom Savage, Sione Mafileo, Samiuela Moli, Abraham Pole. Reserves: Sama Malolo, Tevita Langi, Sekope Kepu, Ola Tauelangi, Alamanda Motuga, Aisea Halo, Christian Lealiifano, Anzelo Tuitavuki

Melbourne Rebels vs Chiefs

Friday, May 10, AAMI Park, Melbourne, 9.35pm NZT

Damian McKenzie is back from injury and so is Stevenson (hamstring) and Emoni Narawa from AB's rest in what is a big game for both teams. It gives the Chiefs backline a great boost of extra talent.

The Chiefs are fourth, while the Rebels keep surprising and showing at times stoic form.

Kaylum Boshier is in for Wallace Sititi in their starting loose forward trio and props Aidan Ross and George Dyer come into the front row while Cortez Ratima also returns at halfback.

CHIEFS: Shaun Stevenson, Emoni Narawa, Anton Lienert-Brown, Quinn Tupaea, Etene Nanai-Seturo, Damian McKenzie, Cortez Ratima, Luke Jacobson (c), Kaylum Boshier, Simon Parker, Tupou Vaa'i, Manaaki Selby-Rickit, George Dyer, Samisoni Taukei'aho, Aidan Ross. Reserves: Bradley Slater, Jared Proffit, Reuben O'Neill, Naitoa Ah Kuoi, Wallace Sititi, Xavier Roe, Josh Ioane, Rameka Poihipi

ACT Brumbies vs Crusaders

Saturday, May 18, GIO Stadium, Canberra, 4.35pm NZT

Is this the last chance for the Crusaders to make something of their season?

They've lost Scott Barrett to injury but still have plenty of talent across the pitch, but just haven't clicked and Canberra is a pretty tough place to do so.

Fergus Burke is at first-five for the Crusaders as they continue the trend of trying to find a new player in that position each week.

CRUSADERS: Johnny McNicholl, Chay Fihaki, Jone Rova, David Havili, Sevu Reece, Fergus Burke, Noah Hotham, Christian Lio-Willie, Tom Christie, Cullen Grace, Quinten Strange, Antonio Shalfoon, Fletcher Newell, Codie Taylor (c), Joe Moody. Reserves: George Bell, George Bower, Seb Calder, Jamie Hannah, Dom Gardiner, Mitch Drummond, Rivez Reihana, Macca Springer

Blues vs Highlanders

Saturday, May 18, Eden Park, Auckland, 7.05pm

The Blues have rested big names Hoskins Sotutu and Patrick Tuipulotu as well as Mark Telea.

However their replacements are pretty good and the Highlanders would have to find something pretty special to score another upset after their win over the Crusaders last week.

Folau Fakatava starts at halfback with the rapidly improving Cameron Millar at first-five.

Ethan de Groot captains the side and should have a good battle up front against the Blues.

BLUES: Cole Forbes, AJ Lam, Bryce Heem, Corey Evans, Caleb Clarke, Harry Plummer, Sam Nock, Akira Ioane, Dalton Papali'i (c), Adrian Choat, Sam Darry, Laghlan McWhannell, Marcel Renata, Kurt Eklund, Ofa Tu'ungafasi. Reserves: Soane Vikena, Mason Tupaea, Angus Ta'avao, Josh Beehre, Cameron Suafoa, Taufa Funaki, Stephen Perofeta, Kade Banks

HIGHLANDERS: Jacob Ratumaitavuki-Kneepkens, Timoci Tavatavanawai, Tanielu Tele'a, Jake Te Hiwi, Martin Bogado, Cam Millar, Folau Fakatava, Nikora Broughton, Sean Withy, Oliver Haig, Fabian Holland, Mitch Dunshea, Jermaine Ainsley, Henry Bell, Ethan de Groot (c). Reserves: Jack Taylor, Ayden Johnstone, Saula Ma'u, Will Tucker, Will Stodart, James Arscott, Sam Gilbert, Finn Hurley


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