Hurricanes vs Highlanders match facts

The Hurricanes and Highlanders will contest the 2015 Super Rugby final and here we look at a few interesting facts about the teams ahead of the final.

– The Hurricanes have won two in a row against the Highlanders, with their most recent meeting in June representing their largest ever win against the men from Dunedin (56-20).

-The Highlanders have been victorious in each of theirlast four trips to Wellington (that June clash was played in Napier).

-Before the Highlanders were humbled 56-20 by the ‘Canes in Round 17, each of the previous 13 meetings between these sides were settled by seven or fewer points.

-Since losing to the Highlanders in Round 14 of the 2014 season, the Hurricanes have won 10 of 11 home games.

-None of the Highlanders’ last seven games have been settled by single figure margins (W6 L1).

-Both these sides lost their sole appearances in the Super Rugby Final; both at the hands of the Crusaders.

-Just four sides have averaged fewer carries than the Highlanders this season (96.2). The Hurricanes have made the most per game (126.1).

-The Highlanders have averaged the second most kicks from hand this season (25.4), the ‘Canes the third least (18.2).

-The Highlanders have averaged 136 tackle attempts per game this year, the fourth highest figure of its kind. The Hurricanes have averaged 142, the second highest total.

-The Hurricanes’ line-out success rate (81%) is the 13th best figure in the competition,while the Highlanders’ (89%) is the third best.

-Wasiake Naholo leads the try-scoring charts this year with 12 touchdowns including three in his last two appearances. TJ Perenara is the only other player to hit double figures for tries this year with 11.

-The Hurricanes have scored the most (19) and conceded the joint fewest (7) tries in the final quarter of matches. The Highlanders lead the way for tries in the second (20) and third quarters (20).

Source : Opta Sports

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