Super rugby clash in south

Highlanders players Liam Squire, Luke Whitelock, Gareth Evans and Malakai Fekitoa with coaches Scott McLeod (standing) and Tony Brown (back to camera) train at Logan Park in Dunedin on Tuesday. The Highlanders play the Japanese Sunwolves at Rugby Park in Invercargill on Saturday. Photo: Supplied

THE Highlanders are looking forward to a big Super Rugby match against the Sunwolves in Invercargill on Saturday, April 22.

“We haven’t played the Sunwolves before so that’s exciting in itself,” Pulse Energy Highlanders chief executive Roger Clark said.

“They have an open style of play that’s very entertaining and with the weather set to be pretty good, I think we can expect an exciting match.”

The game against the Sunwolves, of Japan, kicks off at Rugby Park at 5.15pm.

“We have had a good week to freshen up after a pretty tough start to the season – the bye came at a good time. I know the guys are very keen to hit the ground running in Invercargill,” Clark said.

It will be the Highlanders’ third game at Rugby Park in as many years as part of their agreement with the Invercargill City Council and Clark hopes a 5.15pm start time as well as the premier club curtain-raiser between Woodlands and Eastern-Northern Barbarians at 3pm will bring a good crowd in for a great afternoon of rugby.

“We have had 5.15pm kick-off before and they seem reasonably popular with the fans. It’s school holidays so we are hoping the good folk of Southland support the match and make it a big night in Invercargill.”

The team will arrive in Invercargill early tomorrow and about in the community before a private captain’s run at Rugby Park.

“As we do in Dunedin, we like to engage with the community prior to the match as their support is important to us and the guys like mingling with the fans.”

The gates open at 2pm.

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