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Lowe braced for Naholo rematch

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 13/07/2016

Waisake Naholo of the Highlanders fends off James Lowe of the Chiefs during the round 11 Super Rugby match between the Chiefs and the Highlanders on May 7, 2016 © Getty Waisake Naholo of the Highlanders fends off James Lowe of the Chiefs during the round 11 Super Rugby match between the Chiefs and the Highlanders on May 7, 2016 Winger James Lowe is bracing for his Super Rugby rematch with Waisake Naholo when the Chiefs clash with the Highlanders on Saturday.

Lowe felt the full force of Naholo's impressive return from injury in May when the All Blacks winger scored two tries in the Highlanders' clinical 26-13 victory in Hamilton.

"He's not easy to mark because he's huge and quick and can run over people, but you've got to turn up on the day and hopefully do the job," Lowe said ahead of the match in Dunedin.

"You look across their team and you see some of the best All Blacks probably this country will ever see, so it's a good way to measure yourself."

The 25-year-old Tasman player feels his team have turned a corner since that defeat and he is backing them to return the favour this weekend.

"I'm relatively confident in how I'm going at the moment and how this side is gelling with our forwards really stepping up in the last few games."

Lowe is confident the Highlanders won't shy away from the aerial bombardment that has served them so well this season.

"They're a very smart team and last time they peppered us with high balls and waited for us to make a mistake, so I think if we look after that aspect of the game we will go a long way."

Lowe holds no reservations about facing the defending champions at home.

The Highlanders currently hold a five-match winning streak against the Chiefs, including last year's quarter-final win at the same venue.

"It would be nice to get one back on them - there's really no bigger occasion because this is a decider and will determine where we play next week, so it's a huge game.

"It's crazy down there, until you are out on the pitch you don't know how loud it is. We're looking forward to it."

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