Preview: Highlanders v Bulls

The Highlanders host the Bulls for the first game of round 3 of the 2005 Super 12 at Carisbrook, Dunedin.

The Highlanders side are boosted by the return of captain Anton Oliver and playmaker Nick Evans. They will be hoping for a better result than last weeks 16 all draw against the Stormers. Really this is the sort of game that the Highlanders should win if they are make the finals.

With two narrow loses so far this year the Bulls are eager for a win. Winger Pierre Spies makes this debut for the Bulls. This game is likely to be the Bulls best chance for a win away from home.

Highlanders: Ben Blair, Neil Brew, Anthony Tuitavake, Seilala Mapusua, Matt Saunders, Nick Evans, Danny Lee, Paul Miller, Craig Newby, Hoani MacDonald, James Ryan, Tom Donnelly, Carl Hayman, Anton Oliver (capt), Clarke Dermody

Replacements: Mahonri Schwalger/David Hall, Chris King, Filipo Levi, Colin Bourke, Jimmy Cowan, 21. Cameron McIntyre, 22. Jason Shoemark.

Bulls: Johan Roets, Pierre Spies, Bryan Habana, Ettienne Botha, Akona Ndungane, Derick Hougaard, Fourie du Preez, Anton Leonard (capt), Warren Brosnihan, Jacques Cronjé, Victor Matfield, Bakkies Botha, Andries Human, Danie Coetzee, Wessel Roux.

Replacements: Botha, Bands, Rossouw, Wannenburg, Adams, Tsimba, Wynand Olivier.

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