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Christchurch has been swapped for Dunedin as a nearly entirely rested XV, aside from CJ Stander who came off the bench against the Crusaders, all get the nod from Warren Gatland.
Naturally with the Maori All Blacks to come this has the feel of a midweek team, albeit a competitive one, and especially when considering that a number of those players in action on Tuesday will still fancy their chances of cracking the Test side.
Among that list have to be both centres Jonathan Joseph and Robbie Henshaw, the pairing that many predicted would start in the Tests before the tour began, but who find themselves now behind Ben Te’o and Jonathan Davies.
Under the Forsyth Barr roof a player like Joseph should thrive, if the Lions backs can get on the same page. Jack Nowell meanwhile cannot play any worse than he did in the defeat to the Blues, especially given what a force he was in the Premiership final with Exeter.
Rhys Webb may struggle to displace Conor Murray but was very strong against the Blues, while CJ Stander trails Taulupe Faletau yet can force his claims with a dominant performance.
Courtney Lawes might end up being the unluckiest player not to make the Test 23 given how he has gone on tour thus far, and equally Joe Marler and Kyle Sinckler have done little wrong and impressed.
No one however needs a game more than the Lions captain. If Sam Warburton cannot prove his fitness in this game then his chances of starting in the Test series will fade dramatically. O’Brien has set the standard for the seven shirt, and Warburton needs to be dominant in Dunedin.
What can be guaranteed is that the Highlanders will give the Lions more than a decent contest. The 2015 champions will be without talismen Ben and Aaron Smith but there is more than enough talent here to push the Lions all the way.
Malakai Fekitoa has not exactly been below-par this year yet could not crack the All Blacks squad, giving him a score to settle, while Waisake Naholo’s threat is well known to those who have watched the winger rip defences to shreds over the last three years.
Lima Sopoaga’s return to full fitness and form continues, named in the All Blacks squad and eager to leapfrog Aaron Cruden, which now may happen following Cruden’s injury setback.
But the secret to the Highlanders’ success has always been their “no-names” pack, grafters like Alex Ainley and Gareth Evans always emptying the thank. Were the likes of Tom Franklin, Liam Squire and Elliot Dixon available then that Highlanders set of forwards would be even more imposing.
In trying to pick apart two quality sides, that battle upfront feels like the area where the Lions can gain supremacy due to some of the Highlanders’ best forwards being unavailable.
The template is unlikely to deviate drastically from the Crusaders, putting the pressure on Webb and Dan Biggar to kick accurately and principal chasers Nowell and Tommy Seymour, both with experience as full-backs, to compete.
If the game opens up, the Highlanders have the backs to punish the Lions for any defensive lapses. But if the Lions can keep it tight and mute the Highlanders as they did the Crusaders, then the advantage swings their way.
Highlanders: 15 Richard Buckman, 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Teihorangi Walden, 11 Tevita Li, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Kayne Hammington, 8 Luke Whitelock (c), 7 Dillon Hunt, 6 Gareth Evans, 5 Jackson Hemopo, 4 Alex Ainley, 3 Siate Tokolahi, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Daniel Lienert-Brown
Replacements: 16 Greg Pleasants-Tate, 17 Aki Seiuli, 18 Siosuia Halanukonuka, 19 Josh Dickson, 20 Jimmy Lentjes, 21 Josh Renton, 22 Marty Banks, 23 Patrick Osborne
British and Irish Lions: 15 Jared Payne, 14 Jack Nowell, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Robbie Henshaw, 11 Tommy Seymour, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Rhys Webb, 8 CJ Stander, 7 Sam Warburton (c), 6 James Haskell, 5 Iain Henderson, 4 Courtney Lawes, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Rory Best, 1 Joe Marler
Replacements: 16 Ken Owens, 17 Jack McGrath, 18 Dan Cole, 19 Alun Wyn Jones, 20 Justin Tipuric, 21 Greig Laidlaw, 22 Owen Farrell, 23 Elliot Daly