Highlanders v Chiefs Super Rugby Preview

Out of the last six Super Rugby matches between the Dunedin based Highlanders
and the Hamilton based Chiefs both sides have won three matches each.

It is worth noting that the last three matches between the Highlanders and
the Chiefs have all been won by the Highlanders.

Overall the Highlanders have played the Chiefs 25 times in Super Rugby since
1996 and the HIghlanders have won 10 matches and lost 15. There have been no
draws.

That gives the Highlanders a record of winning 40% of their matches against
the Chiefs regardless of venue. The average score when the Highlanders play
the Chiefs is Highlanders 22 Chiefs 23.

This weekend the match will be played in Dunedin which his home for the Highlanders
and where the teams have met on 12 occasions. In those 12 matches the Highlanders
have won 5 matches and lost 7.

That gives the Highlanders a record of winning 42% of their home matches against
the Chiefs. The average score when the Highlanders play the Chiefs in Dunedin
is Highlanders 22 Chiefs 23

The Highlanders current home in Dunedin is the Forsyth Barr stadium which they
started playing from in 2012. Since they moved to the new stadium the teams
have met four times and both teams have won two matches each.

The average score when the Highlanders play the Chiefs at the Forsyth Barr
stadium is Highlanders 28 Chiefs 25.

The Highlanders earned home advantage in this match as they finished the regular
season in fourth place directly above the Chiefs in sixth place.

The Highlanders have played 16 matches this season and they have won 11 matches
or 69% of their matches. At home they have played 8 matches and won 6 or 75%
of their home matches.

The Chiefs have also played 16 matches and they have won 10 matches or 63%
of their matches. Away from home the Chiefs played 8 matches and won 4 or 50%
of their away matches.

In terms of selection the Highlanders have named a near enough full strength
team including their All Blacks Ben Smith, Aaron Smith and Malakai Fekitoa.
The Highlanders have also named captain Nasi Manu and Mark Reddish in the team.

The versatile Dan Pryor, who has played in all three back row position this
season, moves to the openside flank replacing the injured John Hardie. In the
front row Daniel Lienert-Brown makes way for Brendon Edmonds.

The Chiefs have named newly re-signed Chiefs hooker Hika Elliot and flanker
Sam Cane will return to the side, having been rested last week. Michael Fitzgerald
moves onto the blindside while captain Liam Messam takes over the No 8 duties.

Brad Weber starts at halfback and Andrew Horrell gets the nod at first five-eighth
and cousins Tim Nanai-Williams and Sonny Bill Williams will pair up in the midfield
with Charlie Ngatai out due to concussion. Damian McKenzie starts at fullback
with Tom Marshall ruled out with a knee injury.

These teams met just three weeks ago at the same venue and the Highlanders
won 36-9.

The Bookies
have given the Chiefs a 4 point start for this Match
– with an
offer of a FREE $150 BET.
Injuries have hit the Chiefs this
season and in recent weeks they have not been as impressive as the Highlanders
who have gone from strength to strength as the season progressed. The Highlanders
will also be playing at home where they have a strong record this year. The
Highlanders should win this by 7.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 3/HD.

Average score: Highlanders 22 Chiefs 23

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