Highlanders v Hurricanes Super Rugby Preview

Out of the last five Super Rugby matches between the Dunedin based Highlanders and the Wellington based Hurricanes the Dunedin side have won three and the Wellington side two.

Overall the Highlanders have played the Hurricanes 22 times since the start of Super Rugby in 1996 and the Highlanders have won 11 matches and lost 12.

That gives the Highlanders a record of winning 48% of their Super Rugby matches against the Hurricanes regardless of venue.

The average score when the Highlanders play the Hurricanes is : Highlanders 23 Hurricanes 24.

This weekend the match will be played in Dunedin where the teams have met 11 times. There was also a match in Invercargill and that match was won 13-6 by the Highlanders.

Out of the 11 matches played in Dunedin the Highlanders have won 5 and the Hurricanes 6 which gives the Highlanders a home record of winning 46% of their home matches against the Hurricanes.

The average score when the Highlanders play the Hurricanes in Dunedin is : Highlanders 23 Hurricanes 22 .

Interestingly the Highlanders won the most recent match between the teams in Dunedin but the five matches before that were all won by the Hurricanes.

The Hurricanes are the only remaining team that are unbeaten this season while the Highlanders have beaten the last three Super Rugby champions in their last three matches so both teams are enjoying form.

The Hurricanes will be without All Black hooker Dane Coles (a late scratching) for this match but they have been able to bring back All Black Cory Jane and Jeremy Thrush.

Each of the franchises’ past 12 Super Rugby encounters have been decided by within seven points, while the away team has won six of their last eight clashes.

Injuries have started to catch up with the Highlanders as they have made there forced changes – all in the forwards. Josh Hohneck changes sides in the scrum with Brendon Edmonds starting at loosehead.

Dan Pryor comes in for Shane Christie and Gareth Evans retains his place from last week when he was a late call up. Ma’afu Fia is injured so Daniel Leniert-Brown comes in on the replacements bench.

Each of the franchises’ past 12 Super Rugby encounters have been decided by within seven points, while the away team has won six of their last eight clashes.

The Bookies have given the Hurricanes a 1 point start for this Match – with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. These teams have a record of close finishes and the Hurricanes have a goo record in Dunedin. The Highlanders won#t be quite as strong this week as they were last week due to injuries so the Hurricanes should edge this by one.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 1/HD.

Average score: Highlanders 23 Hurricanes 24

Last five results
16 May 2014 Highlanders v Hurricanes 18-16 Wellington
21 Mar 2014 Highlanders v Hurricanes 35-31 Dunedin
06 Jul 2013 Highlanders v Hurricanes 49-44 Wellington
15 Mar 2013 Highlanders v Hurricanes 19-23 Dunedin
12 May 2012 Highlanders v Hurricanes 20-26 Dunedin

Highlanders overall record against the Hurricanes
Played 23, Wins 11 , Losses 12, Draws 0

Match No.34:Highlanders v Hurricanes
Date : Friday 20 March 2015
Venue : Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Kick Off local: 19:35 local, 17:35 AEDT, 08:35 SAST
Referee: Ben O’Keeffe
Assistant Ref 1:Glen Jackson
Assistant Ref 2:Paul Williams
TMO : Vinny Munro

Teams

Highlanders

1. Brendon Edmonds , 2. Liam Coltman , 3. Josh Hohneck , 4. Tom Franklin , 5. Joe Wheeler , 6. Elliot Dixon , 7. Dan Pryor , 8. Nasi Manu ( c ) , 9. Aaron Smith , 10. Lima Sopoaga , 11. Patrick Osborne , 12. Shaun Treeby , 13. Malakai Fekitoa , 14. Waisake Naholo , 15. Ben Smith ( c )

Replacements : 16. Ash Dixon , 17. Daniel Leniert-Brown , 18. Pingi Tala’apitaga , 19. Mark Reddish , 20. Gareth Evans , 21. Fumiaki Tanaka , 22. Marty Banks , 23. Jason Emery

Hurricanes

1. Reggie Goodes,2. Motu Matu’u,3. Ben Franks,4. Jeremy Thrush,5. Blade Thomson,6. Brad Shields,7. Ardie Savea,8. Victor Vito,9. TJ Perenara,10. Beauden Barrett,11. Julian Savea,12. Ma’a Nonu,13. Conrad Smith (c),14. Cory Jane,15. Nehe Milner-Skudder

Replacements : 16. Brayden Mitchell,17. Ben May,18. Chris Eves,19. Mark Abbott,20. Callum Gibbins,21. Chris Smylie,22. Rey Lee-Lo,23. James Marshall

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