Hurricanes v Highlanders SuperRugby Final Preview

Out of the last ten Super Rugby matches between the Wellington based Hurricanes
and the Dunedin based Highlanders the Dunedin side have won six and the Wellington
side four matches.

These two teams have already played each other twice this year and the Hurricanes
won both matches. The Hurricanes won the first match 13-20 in Dunedin and in
the second match the Hurricanes won the match 56-20 in Wellington. It should
be noted that the Highlanders fielded an understrength team in the Wellington
match.

Overall the Hurricanes have played the Highlanders 25 times in Super Rugby
since 1996 and the Hurricanes have won 14 matches and lost 11. There have been
no draws.

That gives the Hurricanes a record of winning 56% of their matches against
the Highlanders and the average score when the Hurricanes play the Highlanders
is : Hurricanes 25 Highlanders 22.

This weekend’s Super Rugby final will be held at Westpac Stadium in Wellington
which is home for the Hurricanes. The teams have met 10 times in Wellington
and the Hurricanes have won five matches and lost five matches.

The average score when the Hurricanes play the Highlanders in Wellington is
: Hurricanes 28 Highlanders 24.

The Hurricanes have actually had home advantage over the Highlanders 12 times
and they have won seven of these matches. The other matches were played in Napier
and New Plymouth and both of those matches were won by the Hurricnes.

The Hurricanes have played 17 matches this season and won 15 matches. At home
they have played 9 matches and won 8 or 89%. .

The Highlanders have played 18 matches as they had an extra play off and they
have won 13. Away from home the Highlanders have played 9 matches and won 6
or 67% of their away matches.

Fittingly the Hurricanes and the Highlanders were the top two teams in Super
Rugby at the end of the regular season on points (not conference systems) and
they have reached the final. The Hurricanes finished in first place so they
have home advantage.

In terms of Super Rugby finals the Hurricanes and Highlanders have both appeared
in one previous final each. The Hurricanes lost the 2006 Super 14 final 19-12
to the Crusaders in Christchurch and the Highlanders lost the 1999 Super 12
final 19-24 to the Crusaders.

The Hurricanes have named an unchanged side for the final although Ardie Savea
faces a lat fitness test on his knee. The only change to the side that played
last week is at reserve hooker where Motu Matu’u returns from a knee injury.
Winger Cory Jane ruled himself out.

The Highlanders have also named an unchanged team for this week. Elliot Dixon
will play his 50th game for the Highlanders capping off a great season for the
Southland loose forward who was also named in the NZ Maori All Blacks this week.

The Highlanders style of play and enthusiam has won over tens of thousands
of Super Rugby fans in 2015. Whilst taking nothing away from what the Highlanders
have achieved this year this is almost a David vs Goliath final.

The Bookies
have given the Highlanders a 4 point start for this Match
– with
an offer of a FREE $150 BET.
The Hurricanes have
home advantage and have won more matches than anyone this season. The Hurricanes
should win this by 3.

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

Average score: Hurricanes 25 Highlanders 22

Last ten results
05 Jun 2015 Hurricanes v Highlanders 56-20 Wellington
20 Mar 2015<str

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