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Brumbies vs Highlanders Super Rugby preview

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Article Published: Thursday 22 March 2012|

The Highlanders travel to Canberra in the unfamiliar position of being Super Rugby leaders after four rounds of Super Rugby.

The Highlanders have been the surprise package of this season's Super Rugby tournament probably even more so as they have been struggling with several key injuries.

Jake White's Brumbies were less than convincing in their opening match but they have started to look a lot more organised even if they did lose to the Chiefs last weekend.

Overall the Brumbies and the Highlanders have played each other 16 times and the Brumbies have won 9 times.

In Canberra the teams have met each other 8 times and the Brumbies have won 6 times. The Highlanders have however not won in Canberra since 2006.

When the Brumbies and Highlanders meet the average score is Brumbies 27 Highlanders 20 but in Canberra its Brumbies 36 Highlanders 20.

The Brumbies have made three changes for this match but they are minor changes so they should not impact on their performance too much.

The Highlanders usually name their teams on Friday so at the time of writing we won't know what selections they will make.

The Bookies have given the Brumbies 4 point start for this match - with an offer of Bet 5 and Get 50 in Bets. We haven't backed the Highlanders yet this season so we are going to end that now. Highlanders to win by 1 point.

This match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on the Sky Sports 1 HD channel.

Average score: Brumbies 27 Highlanders 20

Last five results
01 Apr 2011 Brumbies v Highlanders 20-26 Invercargill
08 May 2010 Brumbies v Highlanders 31-3 Canberra
13 Feb 2009 Brumbies v Highlanders 33-31 Dunedin
23 Feb 2008 Brumbies v Highlanders 22-20 Canberra
05 May 2007 Brumbies v Highlanders 29-10 Dunedin

Brumbies overall record against the Highlanders
Played 16 , Wins 9 , Losses 7, Draws 0

Match No.32: Brumbies vs Highlanders
Date: Saturday 24 March
Venue : Canberra
Kick Off local: 19:40
Referee: Louren van der Merwe
Assistant Referee 1: Marius Jonker
Assistant Referee 2: Simon Moore
TMO: Steve Leszczynski



1. Ben Alexander ,2. Stephen Moore ,3. Dan Palmer ,4. Leon Power ,5. Sam Carter ,6. Peter Kimlin ,7. Michael Hooper ,8. Ben Mowen (c) ,9. Nic White ,10. Christian Lealiifano ,11. Henry Speight ,12. Pat McCabe ,13. Andrew Smith ,14. Joe Tomane ,15. Jesse Mogg

Replacements:16. Anthony Hegarty ,17. Ruaidhri Murphy ,18. Scott Fardy ,19. Ita Vaea ,20. Ian Prior ,21. Zack Holmes ,22. Tevita Kuridrani


1 Jamie Mackintosh (C) 2 Andrew Hore 3 Chris King 4 Josh Bekhuis 5 Culum Retallick 6 James Haskell 7 Doug Tietjens 8 Nasi Manu 9 Aaron Smith 10 Colin Slade 11 Hosea Gear 12 Shaun Treeby 13 Tamati Ellison 14 Kade Poki 15 Ben Smith

Replacements : 16 Jason Rutledge 17 Bronson Murray 18 Nick Crosswell 19 Elliot Dixon 20 Jimmy Cowan 21 Chris Noakes 22 Buxton Popoali'i

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