Highlanders v Waratahs Super Rugby Preview

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

Overall the Highlanders have played the Waratahs 18 times in Super Rugby since 1996 and the Highlanders have won 5 times and the Waratahs 13 times.

That gives the Highlanders a record of winning 28% of their matches against the Waratahs regardless of venue. The average score when the Highlanders play the Waratahs is : Highlanders 19 Waratahs 26.

This weekend the match will be played in Dunedin which is home for the Highlanders and where the teams have played each other on 8 occasions. The Highlanders have had home advantage over the Waratahs on 9 occasions as they also played a match at Invercargill in 2010. That match was won 26-10 by the Highlanders.

In Dunedin the Highlanders have won just two of their eight matches against the Waratahs and the average score in the city is : Highlanders 18 Waratahs 24.

This gives the Highlanders a record of winning 25% of their home matches against the Waratahs.

It should however be noted that the last two matches played on New Zealand soil between these teams have both been won by the Highlanders and the Waratahs have not won one of these matches since 2008.

In terms of form the Highlanders have played three matches – two at home and one away from home. Their one away match – last week against the Chiefs – was won by the Highlanders. In 2015 they have played have played two at home and won one and lost one. They have won both of their last two matches.

The Waratahs have also played three matches and they too have won two and lost one. They won both of their last two matches and both were away from home.

Waratahs coach Michael Cheika has named an unchanged team for this week while the Highlanders have shuffled their forwards around and kept the backline unchanged.

The Bookies have given the Highlanders a 4 point start for this Match – with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. This match is a difficult one to predict as the Highlanders don’t have a good home record against the Waratahs who were not very impressive last week against the Reds. We think home advantage could tip this one. The Highlanders should sneak this one by one point.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 4.

Average score: Highlanders 19 Waratahs 26

Last five results
06 Jul 2014 Highlanders v Waratahs 16-44 Sydney
10 Mar 2012 Highlanders v Waratahs 18-17 Dunedin
11 Jun 2011 Highlanders v Waratahs 7-33 Sydney
30 Apr 2010 Highlanders v Waratahs 26-10 Invercargill
27 Feb 2009 Highlanders v Waratahs 16-34 Sydney

Highlanders overall record against the Waratahs
Played 18, Wins 5 , Losses 13, Draws 0

Match No.31:Highlanders v Waratahs
Date : Saturday 14 March 2015
Venue : Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Kick Off local: 19:35 local, 17:35 AEDT, 08:35 SAST
Referee: Craig Joubert
Assistant Ref 1:Kane McBride
Assistant Ref 2:Mike Lash
TMO : Vinny Munro

Teams

Highlanders

1. Josh Hohneck , 2. Liam Coltman , 3. Ross Geldenhuys , 4. Tom Franklin , 5. Joe Wheeler , 6. Elliot Dixon , 7. Shane Christie , 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. Brendon Edmonds , 18. Pingi Tala’apitaga , 19. Mark Reddish , 20. John Hardie , 21. Fumiaki Tanaka , 22. Marty Banks , 23. Jason Emery

Waratahs

1. Robinson,2. Polota-Nau,3. Kepu,4. Skelton,5. Dennis (C),6. Potgieter,7. Hooper (VC),8. Palu,9. Phipps,10. Foley,11. Horne,12. Beale,13. Carraro,14. Betham,15. Folau (VC)

Replacements : 16. Latu,17. Tilse,18. Ryan,19. Lousi,20. Chapman,21. Hoiles,22. McKibbin,23. Lance,24. Naiyaravoro/Volavola

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