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Stormers v Highlanders Super Rugby Preview

Bryan Habana in action for the Stormers when the teams last met

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Article Published: Thursday 1 May 2014|

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Out of the last five matches between the Stormers and the Highlanders the Cape Town based Stormers have won all five matches.

Regardless of venue the Stormers have beaten the Highlanders in every match since 2008 as the last time the Highlanders beat the Stormers was in February 2007.

They missed out on playing each other in 2013 and the last time they met was in April 2012.

Overall the Stormers have played the Highlanders 16 times in Super Rugby since 1998 and they have won 7 times, lost 8 times and drawn once.

The one draw between the teams was in 2005 at Invercargill when both teams scored 16 points each.

That record gives the Stormers an overall record of winning 44% of their matches against the Highlanders across all venues.

The average score when the Stormers play the Highlanders is : Stormers 22 Highlanders 22.

This weekend the match will be played in Cape Town South Africa which is home for the Stormers and the city in which the teams have played each other 9 times.

In those nine Cape Town matches the Stormers have won five times and lost four times giving them a record of winning 56% of their home matches against the Highlanders.

The average score when the Stormers play the Highlanders in Cape Town is : Stormers 24 Highlanders 20..

The Stormers are having their most difficult season yet. Their loss to the Cheetahs last week has dropped them to last place which is a mighty fall for the team that won the South African conference in 2011 and 2012.

The Stormers have played nine matches this season and won two matches. Three of their matches have been at home and their two victories were both at home. They have played the Hurricanes (won), Waratahs (lost) and the Lions (won).

The Highlanders have played three matches away from home so far this season and their only away victory from matches against the Chiefs, Blues and Sharks was last week's shock win in Durban over the Sharks.

In terms of selection the Stormers have dropped Peter Grant and replaced him with rookie number 10 Kurt Coleman. Schalk Burger comes in to the starting line up which is a big boost for the home side.

Hooker Scarra Ntubeni returns to the starting side as does winger Sailosi Tagicakibau.

The Highlanders picked up a couple of injuries last week against the Sharks so they have made a few forced changes but stuck where they can with the team. If the Highlanders can repeat last week's performance they won't battle to beat a struggling Stormers team. The question is can they do it again.

The Bookies have given the Highlanders a 4 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $250.00 Bet. The Stormers will no doubt be an improved side this week due to the changes but they are low on confidence. In contrast having become the first team to beat the Sharks at home the Highlanders will be brimming with confidence. The Highlanders should edge this by 1.

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

Average score: Stormers 22 Highlanders 22

Last five results
07 Apr 2012 Stormers v Highlanders 21-6 Dunedin
11 Mar 2011 Stormers v Highlanders 18-6 Cape Town
06 Mar 2010 Stormers v Highlanders 33-0 Cape Town
24 Apr 2009 Stormers v Highlanders 18-11 Dunedin
26 Apr 2008 Stormers v Highlanders 26-16 Cape Town

Stormers overall record against the Highlanders
Played 16 , Wins 7, Losses 8 , Draws 1

Match No. 73: Stormers v Highlanders
Date :Saturday 3 May
Venue : Newlands
Kick Off local: 15:00
Referee: Craig Joubert
Assistant Ref 1: TBC
Assistant Ref 2: Quinton Immelman
TMO: Deon van Blommenstein

Teams

Stormers

15. Jaco Taute , 14. Damian de Allende , 13. Juan de Jongh , 12. Jean de Villiers (captain) , 11. Sailosi Tagicakibau , 10. Kurt Coleman , 9. Nic Groom , 8. Duane Vermeulen , 7. Schalk Burger (vice-captain) , 6. Nizaam Carr , 5. Michael Rhodes , 4. Ruan Botha , 3. Frans Malherbe , 2. Scarra Ntubeni , 1. Steven Kitshoff

Replacements: 16. Deon Fourie , 17. Oliver Kebble , 18. Brok Harris , 19. Jurie van Vuuren , 20. Siya Kolisi , 21. Louis Schreuder , 22. Peter Grant , 23. Kobus van Wyk

Highlanders

1 . Kane Hames , 2 . Liam Coltman , 3 . Chris King , 4 . Josh Bekhuis , 5 . Joe Wheeler , 6 . Elliot Dixon , 7 . John Hardie , 8 . Nasi Manu (co.captain) , 9 . Aaron Smith , 10 . Lima Sopoaga , 11 . Trent Renata , 12 . Shaun Treeby , 13 . Malakai Fekitoa , 14 . Richard Buckman , 15 . Ben Smith (co.captain)

Replacements : 16 . Brayden Mitchell , 17 . Matias Diaz , 18 . Ma'afu Fia , 19 . Jarrad Hoeata , 20 . Shane Christie , 21 . Fumiaki Tanaka , 22 . Jason Emery , 23 . Phil Burleigh

 
 
 
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