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Highlanders vs Hurricanes Super Rugby Preview


Jeremy Thrush dodges a tackle in the Highlanders last meeting with the Hurricanes

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Article Published: Thursday 14 March 2013


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

The Highlanders and the Hurricanes have played each other 19 times since 1996 and the Hurricanes have a slight edge on them as they have won 8 and lost 11 times.

That translates to the Highlanders winning 42% of their matches against the Hurricanes and the average score when the teams play each other is Highlanders 21 Hurricane 23.

In Dunedin the Highlanders have a better record against the Hurricanes as they have played them 10times and won 5 times and lost 5 times.

While the record stands at 50% for both teams the Hurricanes have won four out of the last five clashes in Dunedin including their last visit to the city.

On average in Dunedin when the Highlanders host the Hurricanes the average score is Highlanders 21 Hurricane 20.

In terms of selection the Highlanders had a heart to heart on Monday after their loss to the Cheetahs and the result is that they have made five changes for this week.

The Highlanders will be playing at home and are still looking for their first win so they should be a little desperate for victory.

The Hurricanes have dropped fullback Andre Taylor for this week and at the time of announcing their line up they still has injury doubts over Motu Matu'u and their replacements bench was still not finalised.

Historically these matches have been tight. Since 2007 the difference between the teams has been no greater than a converted try.

The Bookies have given the Hurricanes a 3 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. We think that with home advantage the Highlanders will be just that little bit hungrier this week. Highlanders to edge it by 2.

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

Average score: Highlanders 21 Hurricane 23

Last five results
12 May 2012 Highlanders v Hurricanes 20-26 Dunedin
17 Mar 2012 Highlanders v Hurricanes 19-17 Wellington
13 May 2011 Highlanders v Hurricanes 13-6 Invercargill
18 Feb 2011 Highlanders v Hurricanes 14-9 Wellington
24 Apr 2010 Highlanders v Hurricanes 31-33 Dunedin

Highlanders overall record against the Hurricanes
Played 19, Wins 8 , Losses 11, Draws 0

Match No.23: Highlanders vs Hurricanes
Date : Fri. 15 March
Venue : Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Kick Off local: 19.35
Referee: Francisco Pastrana (Argentina)
Assistant Ref 1:Mike Fraser (New Zealand),
Assistant Ref 2:Kane McBride (New Zealand)
TMO : Vinny Munro (New Zealand)

Teams

Highlanders

1. Tony Woodcock ,2. Andrew Hore (Captain),3. Chris King ,4. Brad Thorn,5. Jarrad Hoeata ,6. Joe Wheeler,7. John Hardie,8. Elliot Dixon ,9. Aaron Smith,,10. Colin Slade ,11. Hosea Gear (Vice-captain),12. Phil Burleigh ,13. Jason Emery ,14. Kade Poki ,15. Ben Smith

Replacements : 16. Brayden Mitchell ,17. Ma’afu Fia ,18. Jake Paringatai ,19. TJ Ioane ,20. Fumiaki Tanaka,21. Lima Sopoaga ,22. Buxton Popoalii

Hurricanes

1. Ben Franks,2. Motu Matu'u / Ash Dixon,3. Ben May,4. Jeremy Thrush,5. Jason Eaton,6. Brad Shields,7. Karl Lowe,8. Victor Vito,9. TJ Perenara,10. Beauden Barrett,11. Julian Savea,12. Tim Bateman,13. Conrad Smith (c),14. Alapati Leiua,15. James Marshall

Replacements :16. TBC,17. Reggie Goodes / Jeffery Toomaga-Allen,18. James Broadhurst,19. Faifili Levave,20. Chris Smylie,21. Tusi Pisi,22. Andre Taylor

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