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The second Super Rugby match in Round 10 on Saturday is in Invercargill where the Highlanders host the Brumbies.

Both teams will go into this match off a loss as the Brumbies were beaten by the Crusaders and the Highlanders were beaten by the Sharks.

The Highlanders played the Sharks for most of the match with 14 players and lost 14-15 so the result would most likely have gone the other way had the Highlanders had all of their players on the field.

The Brumbies were well beaten last week. They went down 14-40 to a rampant Crusaders team in Canberra.

The Highlanders have played the Brumbies 19 times in Super Rugby since 1996 and they have won 7 and lost 12. This gives them a record of winning 37% of their matches against the Canberra side.

The Highlanders have had home advantage over the Brumbies in nine matches and in those 9 matches they have won 5 and lost four. At Invercargill the teams have won one match each.

The average score when the Highlanders play the Brumbies in New Zealand is Highlanders 20 Brumbies 28.

The Highlanders have been forced into change this week as Liam Coltman injured his toe and has been replaced by Ash Dixon. In the back line Rob Thompson comes in for Jason Emery who has been suspended for four weeks.

Alex Ainley is the only other change to the forward pack with Joe Wheeler rotating to the bench. Patrick Osborne returns at left wing and Jack Wilson shifts on to the right wing while Matt Faddes will make his impact from the bench.

Hooker, Greg Pleasants-Tate, who has played one game for the Blues will make his debut for the Highlanders if he takes the field on Saturday.Siosiua Halanukonuka returns to the bench after a week off.

The Brumbies have been given a big boost for this match as they have David Pocock back. They will however be without Joe Tomane and Stephen Moore.

As a result or Pocock’s return Jarrad Butler shifts to the No.8 position and Jordan Smiler moves to the bench. Nigel Ah Wong gains his first start on the wing, while Josh Mann-Rea has been named to start the match at hooker.

Head Coach Stephen Larkham has named a new-look front row, with Allan Alaalatoa selected to start his second match of the season, replacing Scott Sio who moves to the bench. Joining Alaalatoa and Mann-Rea at tighthead prop will be Ruan Smith, who gets his first start of the year with Ben Alexander missing the match.

The Brumbies have played eight matches this season and they have won five. Against New Zealand teams they have played three and won one. They have lost the last two and in those matches the NZ team scored 40 points or more against them.

The Bookies have given the Brumbies a 6 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. The Highlanders will be very hungry to win this match after two straight losses. The Highlanders should win by 6.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ (Sky), Aus (Fox Sports), SA (SuperSport) and in the UK on Sky Sports 5.

Average score: Highlanders 20 Brumbies 28

Last five results
24 Apr 2015 Highlanders v Brumbies 18-31 Canberra
12 Apr 2013 Highlanders v Brumbies 19-30 Dunedin
24 Mar 2012 Highlanders v Brumbies 26-33 Canberra
01 Apr 2011 Highlanders v Brumbies 26-20 Invercargill
08 May 2010 Highlanders v Brumbies 3-31 Canberra

Highlanders overall record against the Brumbies
Played 19 , Wins 7 , Losses 12 , Draws 0

Match No.74:Highlanders v Brumbies
Date : Rugby Park, Invercargill
Venue : Saturday 30 April 2016
Kick Off local: 19:35 local
Referee: Nick Briant
Assistant Ref 1:Brendon Pickerill
Assistant Ref 2:Kane McBride
TMO : Aaron Paterson

Teams

Highlanders

1. Daniel Lienert-Brown , 2. Ash Dixon , 3. Josh Hohneck , 4. Alex Ainley , 5. Tom Franklin , 6. Elliot Dixon , 7. Shane Christie (CC) , 8. Liam Squire , 9. Aaron Smith , 10. Lima Sopoaga , 11. Patrick Osborne , 12. Rob Thompson , 13. Malakai Fekitoa , 14. Jack Wilson , 15. Ben Smith (CC)

Replacements : , 16. Greg Pleasants-Tate , 17. Craig Millar , 18. Siosiua Halanukonuka , 19. Joe Wheeler , 20. Dan Pryor , 21. Fumiaki Tanaka , 22. Hayden Parker , 23. Matt Faddes

Brumbies

Allan Alaalatoa , Josh Mann-Rea , Ruan Smith , Tom Staniforth , Sam Carter , Scott Fardy , David Pocock , Jarrad Butler , Tomás Cubelli , Christian Lealiifano (c) , Robbie Coleman , Matt Toomua , Tevita Kuridrani , Nigel Ah Wong , Aidan Toua

Replacements : Robbie Abel , Scott Sio , Leslie Leulua’iali’i-Makin , Rory Arnold , Blake Enever , Jordan Smiler , Joe Powell , James Dargaville

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