The Hurricanes have won the last two Super Rugby matches between them and the Highlanders including their 19-23 victory in Dunedin earlier this year.
Overall the Hurricanes have played the Highlanders 20 times since March 1996 and they have won 12 matches and lost 8.
That gives the Hurricanes a record of winning 60% of their matches against the Highlanders.
The average score when the Hurricanes play the Highlanders is : Hurricanes 23 Highlanders 21
This weekend the Hurricanes have home advantage as the match will be played in Wellington.
The Hurricanes have had home advantage over the Highlanders nine times and in those nine matches the Hurricanes have won 67% of the matches and lost 33%.
The Hurricanes moved one match to Napier and the other to New Plymouth and both matches were won by the Hurricanes.
That means that the Hurricanes have played the Highlanders 7 times in Wellington and won four times which gives them a record of winning 57% of their matches in the city against the men from Dunedin.
The average score when the Hurricanes play the Highlanders in Wellington is Hurricanes 24 Highlanders 21.
At the time of writing neither team had named their squad for this weekend so we can only expect that they will field full strength teams.
The Highlanders will be without former Hurricanes back Ma'a Nonu as he has been suspended for the rest of the Super Rugby season and Jarrad Hoeata has been banned for a week.
The Highlanders will therefore be playing without at least two of their stars and away from home.
The Bookies have given the Highlanders a 10 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. The Highlanders have not delivered all season and we see no reason why this will change now. The Hurricanes should win by 7.
This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports website and red button.
Average score: Hurricanes 23 Highlanders 21
Last five results
15 Mar 2013 Hurricanes v Highlanders 23-19 Dunedin
12 May 2012 Hurricanes v Highlanders 26-20 Dunedin
17 Mar 2012 Hurricanes v Highlanders 17-19 Wellington
13 May 2011 Hurricanes v Highlanders 6-13 Invercargill
18 Feb 2011 Hurricanes v Highlanders 9-14 Wellington
Hurricanes overall record against the Highlanders
Played 20 ,Wins 12,Losses 8 ,Draws 0
Match No.:110. Hurricanes v Highlanders
Date : Saturday 6 July
Venue : Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Kick Off local: 19:35
Referee: Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 1:Glen Jackson
Assistant Ref 2:Richard Kelly
TMO : Glenn Newman
1. Ben Franks ,2. Ash Dixon,3. Ben May,4. Jeremy Thrush,5. James Broadhurst,6. Faifili Levave,7. Karl Lowe,8. Victor Vito ,9. TJ Perenara,10. Beauden Barrett,11. Julian Savea,12. Reynold Lee-Lo,13. Conrad Smith,14. Alapati Leiua,15. James Marshall
Replacements : 16. Reggie Goodes,17. John Schwalger,18. Mark Reddish,19. Brad Shields,20. Jack Lam,21. Chris Smylie,22. Matt Proctor
1. Tony Woodcock,2. Liam Coltman ,3. Ma'afu Fia ,4. Brad Thorn (c) ,5. Josh Bekhuis,6. TJ Ioane ,7. Elliot Dixon ,8. Mose Tuiali'i ,9. Aaron Smith ,10. Colin Slade ,11. Hosea Gear - vice-captain ,12. Tamati Ellison,13. Shaun Treeby ,14. Kade Poki ,15. Ben Smith
Replacements : 16. Andrew Hore (vc),17. Bronson Murray,18. Jake Paringatai ,19. Joe Wheeler ,20. Fumiaki Tanaka (12) ,21. Hayden Parker,22. Buxton Popoalii