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Three Key Men


Anyone who watched the Highlander­s play in 2020 would have seen the value of Aaron Smith.

Both on and off the ball, he was the team's best and most influentia­l player. Expect more of the same in 2021 from the ageless halfback. Shannon Frizell should also resume his influentia­l role in the side, despite the return of Liam Squire putting a question mark around how Frizell will be used.

His running game can be a thing to behold and he has a knack for finding the try line.

Josh Ioane continuing to develop as a playmaker could be a big factor in the success of this team.

In 2020, Frizell (4), Ash Dixon (4) and Mitchell Hunt (3) accounted for nearly half of the Highlander­s' 24 tries. If Ioane can orchestrat­e the play to either put others away in open play or put his team in a position for the forwards to strike, that will only lead to good things

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