Disruptive week for Highlanders before Hurricanes game

Mark Hammett.
Mark Hammett.
The Highlanders will only have one full training run before one of their biggest games of the season — but the opposition is in the same boat.

The side was scheduled to return from Brisbane last night and will not have a lot of time to prepare for the game against the Hurricanes at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Friday night.

The team will also be without its six All Blacks until Wednesday as they are in Christchurch at an All Black camp.

Highlanders interim coach Mark Hammett said it was another disruptive week for the side but the Hurricanes were exactly the same and the sides did have advance warning the camps were happening.

The players also needed a break so would have a light workload on Wednesday before completing match preparations on Thursday.

After the team’s win over the Reds in Brisbane on Saturday night it in sixth place on the ladder and will look to get one back on the Hurricanes who  defeated won easily in Wellington earlier in the season.

Whether head coach Aaron Mauger is at the game on Friday night is still up in the air.

Mauger’s mother died on Saturday night in Christchurch after an illness and it is not clear when he will be returning to the team.

The players were not informed of her death until after the game.Hammett said the side just had to get on with the week and make the most of the situation.

In other games over the weekend, the Rebels beat the Sunwolves 40-13 in Melbourne, the Jaguares downed the Sharks 29-13 in Buenos Aires, the Chiefs defeated the Waratahs 39-17 in Hamilton, the Brumbies beat the Bulls 38-28 and the Lions pipped the Stormers 26-23 in Pretoria.

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