New Zealand Heartland XV team to play Australian Barbarians     09 Nov 2015    

The team is:

1 Matt Fetu
2 Cole Baldwin
3 Timaru Tafa
4 Adam Ross
5 Eric Duff
6 Fraser Hammond
7 Peter Rowe (captain)
8 Bryn Hudson
9 Lindsay Horrocks
10 Stephen Perofeta
11 Lance Easton
12 Lemi Masoe
13 TK Moeke
14 James Hemara
15 Mike Tambour

16 Jackson Donlan
17 Ralph Darling
18 Kurt Simmonds
19 James Goodger
20 Craig Moore
21 Zayn Tipping
22 Tim Priest
23 Moss Doran

Heartland XV Head Coach Grant Keenan has made just two changes to his starting 15 with captain Peter Rowe back from a one-match suspension to start in the number 7 jersey, Lance Easton (Thames Valley) starting on the wing, and James Goodger and Moss Doran come on to the bench.

The Heartland team opened their 2015 campaign with a high-scoring game and lucky escape, after they held out a Marist New Zealand come-back to win 47 – 42 in Masterton on Saturday.

“We had a great hit out against Marist New Zealand on Saturday and true to form, we knew they would come back at us hard which they did,” Keenan said.

“I’m really pleased we were able to create some great opportunities and that was reflected in the score line. Stephen Perofeta had an outstanding debut with 27 points which goes to show how talented this kid is.

“We also had handy performances from halfback Lindsay Horrocks, and locks Adam Ross and Eric Duff who captained that first game.

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“Tomorrow we’re looking to stretch our legs a bit more and really to keep playing some good open rugby.

“The boys are excited to get up against the Australian Barbarians and I’m sure the Australians would like to avenge other results! But we’re ready and we’re looking forward to Levin.”

The Heartland XV plays the Australian Barbarians at Levin Domain in Levin tomorrow, with kickoff at 5:30pm.

New Zealand Heartland XV fixtures:

Date: Saturday 7 November
Who: New Zealand Heartland XV 47 v New Zealand Marist 42
Venue: Trust House Memorial Park, Masterton

Date: Tuesday 10 November
Who: New Zealand Heartland XV v Australian Barbarians
Venue: Levin Domain, Levin
Time: 5:30pm

Date: Saturday 13 November
Who: New Zealand Heartland XV v Australian Barbarians
Venue: Cooks Gardens, Wanganui
Time: 6:00pm