May 262017

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Although the Highlanders are fourth best in the New Zealand Conference right now they have closed the gap on the Chiefs and the Hurricanes to just two points although the Crusaders look out of sight, 13 points better off. The Landers will face the Crusaders in Christchurch next week before they finish the regular season at home to the Reds. Last weekend they thumped the Force (55-6) in Perth whilst in earlier rounds they also beat Australian opposition in the shape of the Rebels (51-12) in Dunedin and they edged out Brumbies (8-13) in Canberra.

The Waratahs kept their hopes of topping the Australian Conference alive with a bonus point win at home to the Rebels last weekend. They still need to bridge a four point gap to the Brumbies and these next two rounds are ultra tough with a visit to the Chiefs coming up after this. In three games against New Zealand opposition this season the Tahs have lost to the Blues (40-33) in Sydney, the Hurricanes (38-28) in Wellington and the Crusaders (41-22) in Sydney.

Both sides ran in four tries apiece in Sydney last year, with the boot of Lima Sopoaga proving to be the difference as the Highlanders won 30-26. All Blacks back-row Elliot Dixon scored two tries while Waratahs back-row Jed Holloway finished with a hat-trick. The Highlanders’ defence held out in the closing stages after Holloway’s third try had put the hosts within a five-pointer of the win, but it wasn’t to be.

The Highlanders have won each of their last three games against the Waratahs after winning just three of their previous nine clashes. The Waratahs haven’t won at Dunedin since Round 3, 2008, losing three consecutive games to the Highlanders since that fixture. The Highlanders have won 15 of their last 18 games at home, including each of their last four, only once losing to a team from outside New Zealand in that period (Sharks, April 2016).

The Highlanders have won 10 of their last 11 games against Australian opposition, including each of their last five; never before in Super Rugby history have they won more such fixtures in succession. The Waratahs have won on just two of their last 14 excursions to New Zealand.

Given how rare wins for the Waratahs across the Tasman have been recently, we see little reason for that to change. Highlanders by 8.

Players List:
Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith (cc), 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Richard Buckman, 11 Tevita Li, 10 Marty Banks, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 Dillon Hunt, 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Alex Ainley, 3 Siate Tokolahi, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Aki Seiuli.

Replacements: 16 Ash Dixon (cc), 17 Daniel Lienert-Brown, 18 Siosuia Halanukonuka, 19 Joe Wheeler, 20 Gareth Evans, 21 Kayne Hammington, 22 Lima Sopoaga, 23 Rob Thompson.

Waratahs: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 13 Rob Horne, 12 David Horwitz, 11 Cam Clark, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Michael Wells, 7 Michael Hooper (c), 6 Ned Hanigan, 5 Will Skelton, 4 Dean Mumm, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tolu Latu, 1 Tom Robertson.

Replacements: 16 Damien Fitzpatrick, 17 Paddy Ryan, 18 Angus Taavao, 19 David McDuling, 20 Jed Holloway, 21 Jake Gordon, 22 Bryce Hegarty, 23 Irae Simone.

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