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Super Rugby moves from New Zealand to Australia in the second match on Saturday in Round 7 as the Reds host the Highlanders in Brisbane.

The Reds had a bye last week and their last match was against the Waratahs in Round 5 when they lost 13-15 at home in Brisbane.

Before that the Reds drew 25 all with the Blues in Brisbane. The Reds are having a difficult season and it was only a month ago that they changed coaches.

The Reds squad wasn’t signed by the current coaching team so they are trying to develop a game around what they have and some players don’t appear to fit in such as Ayumu Goromaru who is again named on the bench this week.

It’s going to take the Reds some time to find what works for them and unfortunately this week they are up against the form team in Super Rugby.

The Highlanders are the current champions and they have won their last five matches in succession. That is the longest current winning streak in Super Rugby

En route to last year’s final – which they won they won four matches in a row. They lost their opening match this year but have not lost since. This means that the Highlanders have won 9 out of their last 10 matches.

The Reds have played the Highlanders 19 times in Super Rugby and the Reds have won 9 matches and lost 10 which gives them a record of winning 47% of their matches against the Dunedin side.

In Brisbane the team have met 10 times and the Reds have won 8 times and lost twice. That gives the Reds a record of winning 80% of their home matches. The average score when the Reds host the Highlanders is : Reds 27 Highlanders 22.

For this match the Reds have brought back Wallaby prop James Slipper as one of two changes. Slipper’s start is his first of the 2016 season after recovering from knee and shoulder surgery following the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

The only other change is the return of wing Chris Feauai-Sautia who missed the Reds last match due to illness.

The Highlanders have been forced into making changes and Matt Faddes starts at fullback for Ben Smith who sits out due to concussion. Loosehead prop Brendan Edmonds’ season ending knee injury means that Daniel Lienert-Brown comes off the bench and will start in his 18th game for the club.

The injury means Tasman prop Ross Geldenhuys returns to the 23 and together with Josh Hohneck provides a lot of experience from the reserves bench.

Elliot Dixon has been ruled for the week due to a head laceration so Luke Whitelock comes back into the starting 15 while Dan Pryor rotates to the bench for Co-Captain Shane Christie. Mark Reddish starts ahead of Tom Franklin at lock.

Jack Wilson starts on the right wing in just his second outing for the club and Lima Sopoaga returns from injury to again partner with Aaron Smith. Hayden Parker will make his impact from the bench this week.

The Bookies have given the RedsĀ a 10 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. The Highlanders are the champions and although they have been hit by injury they should win this by at least 10 points.

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

Average score: Reds 23 Highlanders 29

Last five results
27 Feb 2015 Reds v Highlanders 13-20 Dunedin
30 May 2014 Reds v Highlanders 38-31 Brisbane
29 Mar 2013 Reds v Highlanders 34-33 Dunedin
06 Jul 2012 Reds v Highlanders 19-13 Brisbane
15 May 2010 Reds v Highlanders 38-36 Brisbane

Reds overall record against the Highlanders
Played 19,Wins 9, Losses 10 , Draws 0

Match No.53: Reds v Highlanders
Date : Saturday 9 April 2016
Venue : Suncorp Stadium
Kick Off local: 19:45 local
Referee: Glen Jackson
Assistant Ref 1:Paul Williams
Assistant Ref 2:Jordan Way
TMO : George Ayoub

Teams

Reds

1. James Slipper (C) , 2. Andrew Ready , 3. Greg Holmes , 4. Cadeyrn Neville , 5. Rob Simmons , 6. Hendrik Tui , 7. Liam Gill , 8. Jake Schatz , 9. Nick Frisby , 10. Jake McIntyre , 11. Eto Nabuli , 12. Anthony Fainga’a , 13. Samu Kerevi , 14. Chris Feauai-Sautia , 15. Karmichael Hunt

Replacements : 16. Saia Fainga’a , 17. Sef Fa’agase , 18. Sam Talakai , 19. Ben Matwijow , 20. Curtis Browning , 21. Scott Gale , 22. Sam Greene , 23. Ayumu Goromaru

Highlanders

1. Daniel Lienert-Brown , 2. Liam Coltman , 3. Siosiua Halanukonuka , 4. Mark Reddish , 5. Joe Wheeler , 6. Luke Whitelock , 7. Shane Christie ( c ) , 8. Liam Squire , 9. Aaron Smith , 10. Lima Sopoaga , 11. Pat Osborne , 12. Rob Thompson , 13. Malakai Fekitoa , 14. Jack Wilson , 15. Matt Faddes

Replacements: 16. Ash Dixon , 17. Ross Geldenhuys , 18. Josh Hohneck , 19. Tom Franklin , 20. Dan Pryor , 21. Fumiaki Tanaka , 22. Hayden Parker , 23. Jason Emery

 

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