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The second Super Rugby match on Saturday in the final round is in Dunedin where the current champion Highlanders host the Chiefs.

The Chiefs currently lead the New Zealand Conference and the Highlanders are third in the conference.

The Highlanders can top the Super Rugby standings but they would need a bonus point victory over the Chiefs.

The Chiefs can remain as conference leaders but unless the Crusaders draw with the Hurricanes they will need to beat the Highlanders.

The Highlanders have home advantage in this match and they will head into the clash with a fair amount of confidence as they have won their last two matches with bonus points and beaten the Chiefs in the last five meetings.

Overall the Highlanders have played the Chiefs 27 times in Super Rugby and they have won 12 times and lost 15 times. This gives the Highlanders a record of winning 44% of their matches against the Chiefs.

This weekend as mentioned the Highlanders will be at home where the teams have played on 13 occasions. In those 13 matches the Highlanders have won six matches and the Chiefs seven which gives them a record of winning 46% of their home matches.

The average score when the Highlanders have hosted the Chiefs in Dunedin is : Highlanders 25 Chiefs 22.

The last three matches between the teams have all been won by the Highlanders.

For this match the Chiefs have brought back All Black Brodie Retallick after he was rested last week. Retallick comes into the side joining fellow All Black Sam Cane who moves from No.8 to 7 which makes way for Liam Messam who makes his first Super Rugby start this season at No.8.

Kane Hames, Nathan Harris and Atu Moli will start alongside each other for the second consecutive week.

The industrious locking partnership of Dominic Bird and Brodie Retallick is re-established following a well-earned rest week for the latter.

In the backs, the starting lineup who ravaged the Reds 50-5 in Brisbane last Friday have earned their jerseys again this week.

Highlanders head coach Jamie Joseph has named a team with a fresh prop, lock and a midfield reshuffle for the Chiefs on Saturday. Daniel Lienert-Brown and Alex Ainley both return to the starting team after recovering from injury.

Josh Hohneck moves to the bench and is joined by Liam Coltman who has recovered from a length break to provide cover on the bench.

Malakai Fekitoa returns to second five-eight and reunites with Matt Faddes at centre to reform what was a very effective midfield combination prior to the June break.

The Bookies have given the Chiefs a 4 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. Both teams have been enjoying good form going into this match but the Chiefs had a bit of a soft match last week against the Reds. With home advantage the Highlanders should edge this by three.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ (Sky), Aus (Fox Sports), SA (SuperSport) and in the UK on Sky Sports 3.

Average score: Highlanders 23 Chiefs 22

Last five results
07 May 2016 Highlanders v Chiefs 26-13 Hamilton
20 Jun 2015 Elim Highlanders v Chiefs 24-14 Dunedin
30 May 2015 Highlanders v Chiefs 36-9 Dunedin
06 Mar 2015 Highlanders v Chiefs 20-17 Hamilton
27 Jun 2014 Highlanders v Chiefs 29-25 Dunedin

Highlanders overall record against the Chiefs
Played 27 , Wins 12, Losses 15 , Draws 0

Match No.131:Highlanders v Chiefs
Date : Saturday 16 July 2016
Venue : Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Kick Off local: 19:35 local
Referee: Glen Jackson
Assistant Ref 1:Nick Briant
Assistant Ref 2:Jamie Nutbrown
TMO : Chris Wratt

Teams

Highlanders

1. Daniel Lienert-Brown , 2. Ash Dixon , 3. Siosuia Halanukonuka , 4. Tom Franklin , 5. Alex Ainley , 6. Elliot Dixon , 7. James Lentjes , 8. Luke Whitelock , 9. Aaron Smith , 10. Lima Sopoaga , 11. Patrick Osborne , 12. Malakai Fekitoa , 13. Matt Faddes , 14. Waisake Naholo , 15. Ben Smith (C)

Replacements : 16. Liam Coltman , 17. Aki Seiuli , 18. Josh Hohneck , 19. Mark Reddish , 20. Liam Squire , 21. Dan Pryor , 22. Te Aihe Toma , 23. Fletcher Smith

Chiefs

1. Kane Hames, 2. Nathan Harris , 3. Atu Moli , 4. Dominic Bird , 5. Brodie Retallick , 6. Tom Sanders , 7. Sam Cane (cc), 8. Liam Messam , 9. Tawera Kerr-Barlow , 10. Aaron Cruden (cc), 11. James Lowe, 12. Anton Lienert-Brown, 13. Seta Tamanivalu , 14. Toni Pulu , 15. Damian McKenzie

Replacements : 16. Hika Elliot , 17. Siegfried Fisi’ihoi, 18. Hiroshi Yamashita , 19. Taleni Seu , 20. Lachlan Boshier, 21. Brad Weber , 22. Stephen Donald , 23. Sam McNicol

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