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Hurricanes v Highlanders Super Rugby Preview

Lima Sopoaga will miss this week's clash against the Hurricanes

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Article Published: Thursday 15 May 2014|

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

The last two matches between the teams - in Dunedin and Wellington have both been won by the Highlanders.

Overall the Hurricanes have played the Highlanders 22 times since 1996 and the Hurricanes have won 12 times and lost 10 times.

That gives the Hurricanes a record of winning 55% of their Super Rugby matches against the Highlanders across all venues.

The average score when the Hurricanes play the Highlanders is : Hurricanes 24 Highlanders 23.

This weekend the Hurricanes will have home advantage as the match will be played in Wellington where the teams have met 8 times.

The Hurricanes have actually had home advantage over the Highlanders on 10 occasions as they moved a match to Napier in 2001 and a match to New Plymouth in 2003. Both matches were won by the Hurricanes.

In Wellington out of the eight matches played the Hurricanes have won four matches and lost four matches giving a record of winning 50% of their home matches.

The average score when the Hurricanes play the Highlanders in Wellington is Hurricanes 26 Highlanders 25.

Noticeably the last three matches that have been played in Wellington between the teams have all been won by the Highlanders.

The Dunedin based Highlanders will go into the match off a one point victory at home against the Lions. The Highlanders led 23-0 at half time but failed to add to their first half score while the Lions score 22 points in the second half.

The Hurricanes will also go into the match but arguably with more confidence as they beat the Rebels 15-25 away from home in Melbourne.

The Hurricanes are in sixth place overall above the Highlanders in seventh place. The Hurricanes have the better points differential as they are both on 30 points but the Highlanders have played one less match at 10.

In 2014 the Highlanders have played four matches away from home and won one - the Sharks in Durban. The Hurricanes on the other hand have played five matches at home in 2014 and they have won 4 matches or 80%.

In terms of selection the Hurricanes have made two changes to the team that won last week. Hooker Motu Matu'u comes into the starting line up for All Black hooker Dane Coles while in the backs Tim Bateman comes in for Alapati Leiua.

The Highlanders will again be without Lima Sopoaga so Hayden Parker will again run the backline. Chris King's one week suspension sees Kane Hames move back into the starting line.up.

Aki Seiuli will warm the bench after being called up from club rugby as prop cover with both King and Brayden Mitchell unavailable.

The Bookies have given the Highlanders a 9 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $250.00 Bet. The Highlanders aren't as strong as they could be without Sopoaga so even though they have won the last three in Wellington the Hurricanes should edge this by 5.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 2/HD

Average score: Hurricanes 24 Highlanders 23

Last five results
21 Mar 2014 Hurricanes v Highlanders 31-35 Dunedin
06 Jul 2013 Hurricanes v Highlanders 44-49 Wellington
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

Hurricanes overall record against the Highlanders
Played 22 , Wins 12, Losses 10, Draws 0


Match No. 82: Hurricanes v Highlanders
Date :Friday 16 May
Venue : Westpac Stadium
Kick Off local: 19:35
Referee: Garratt Williamson
Assistant Ref 1: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 2: Kane McBride
TMO: Aaron Peterson



1. Ben Franks,2. Motu Matu'u,3. Jeffery Toomaga-Allen,4. Jeremy Thrush,5. James Broadhurst,6. Faifili Levave,7. Jack Lam,8. Victor Vito,9. TJ Perenara,10. Beauden Barrett,11. Julian Savea,12. Tim Bateman,13. Conrad Smith (c),14. Cory Jane,15. Andre Taylor

Replacements :16. Ash Dixon,17. Chris Eves,18. Reggie Goodes,19. Blade Thomson,20. Ardie Savea,21. Brad Shields,22. Chris Smylie,23. Alapati Leiua


1 . Kane Hames, 2 . Liam Coltman, 3 . Ma’afu Fia, 4 . Jarrad Hoeata , 5 . Joe Wheeler, 6 . Elliot Dixon, 7 . Shane Christie, 8 . Nasi Manu (co.captain) , 9 . Aaron Smith , 10 . Hayden Parker , 11 . Jason Emery, 12 . Shaun Treeby, 13 . Malakai Fekitoa, 14 . Richard Buckman , 15 . Ben Smith (co.captain)

Replacements : 16 . Ged Robinson, 17 . Matias Diaz, 18 . Aki Seuli, 19 . Tom Franklin, 20 . Gareth Evans, 21 . Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 . Trent Renata, 23 . Phil Burleigh

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