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Waratahs v Highlanders Super Rugby Preview

Phil Burleigh is tackled by the Waratahs defence when the teams last met in 2012

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Article Published: Thursday 3 July 2014|

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

Overall the Waratahs have played the Highlanders 17 times in Super Rugby since 1996 and they have won 12 times and lost five times.

That gives the Waratahs a record of winning 71% of their matches against the Highlanders. The average score between when the Waratahs play the Highlanders is : Waratahs 25 Highlanders 19.

This weekend the match will be played on Sunday in Sydney where the teams have played eight matches. In those eight matches the Waratahs have won six times and lost twice.

That gives the Waratahs a record of winning 75% of their home matches against the Highlanders in Sydney. The average score when the Waratahs host the Highlanders in Sydney is : Waratahs 28 Highlanders 19

The Highlanders won back to back victories in 2004 and 2007 but they have not won in Sydney since then and have lost their last two matches in the city.

In 2014 the Waratahs have played 14 matches and they have won 10 matches. At home in Sydney the Waratahs have played 7 matches and they have won all 7 so they are unbeaten.

The Highlanders have also played 14 matches and they have won 8 matches. The Highlanders have played 6 matches away from home and they have won 2 matches and lost four. That gives them a record of winning 33% of their away matches.

The Waratahs lost their captain Dave Dennis last week and have replaced him with former Brumbies captain Stephen Hoiles who was the one change for this match.

The Highlanders retained the starting team that beat the Chiefs last week so both teams will have familiarity amongst the players.

The Waratahs top the overall Super Rugby standings and they have already secured a top three place. The Highlanders missed out on the top spot in the NZ conference last week when the Crusaders picked up a losing bonus point. They are placed second in the NZ Conference and it looks like they are having their best season in a decade.

The Bookies have given the Highlanders a 9 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $250.00 Bet. The Highlander don't have a good record in Sydney while the Waratahs are unbeaten at home this year so they should be able to maintain their run.

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: Waratahs 25 Highlanders 19

Last five results
10 Mar 2012 Waratahs v Highlanders 17-18 Dunedin
11 Jun 2011 Waratahs v Highlanders 33-7 Sydney
30 Apr 2010 Waratahs v Highlanders 10-26 Invercargill
27 Feb 2009 Waratahs v Highlanders 34-16 Sydney
01 Mar 2008 Waratahs v Highlanders 15-12 Dunedin

Waratahs overall record against the Highlanders
Played 17, Wins 12, Losses 5, Draws 0

Match No. 113: Waratahs v Highlanders
Date :Sunday 6 July
Venue : Allianz Stadium
Kick Off local: 16:05
Referee: Steve Walsh
Assistant Ref 1: Andrew Lees
Assistant Ref 2: Ed Martin
TMO:George Ayoub

Teams

Waratahs

1. Benn Robinson , 2.Tatafu Polota Nau , 3. Sekope Kepu , 4. Jacques Potgieter , 5. Kane Douglas , 6. Stephen Hoiles , 7. Michael Hooper (c), 8. Wycliff Palu , 9. Nick Phipps , 10. Bernard Foley , 11. Rob Horne , 12. Kurtley Beale , 13. Adam Ashley-Cooper , 14. Alofa Alofa , 15 Israel Folau .

Replacements: 16. Tolu Latu , 17. Paddy Ryan , 18. Jeremy Tilse , 19. Will Skelton , 20. Pat McCutcheon , 21. Mitchell Chapman 22. Brendan McKibbin , 23.Taqele Naiyaravoro .

Highlanders

1 . Kane Hames, 2 . Brayden Mitchell, 3 . Ma'afu Fia, 4 . Tom Franklin , 5 . Joe Wheeler, 6 . Elliot Dixon, 7 . Shane Christie, 8 . Nasi Manu (co.captain) , 9 . Aaron Smith , 10 . Lima Sopoaga , 11 . Patrick Osborne, 12 . Shaun Treeby, 13 . Malakai Fekitoa, 14 . Richard Buckman , 15 . Ben Smith (co.captain)

Replacements : 16 . Ged Robinson, 17 . Matias Diaz, 18 . Chris King, 19 . Josh Bekhuis, 20 . Lee Allan, 21 . Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 . Hayden Parker, 23 . Phil Burleigh

 
 
 
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