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Out of the last five Super Rugby matches between the Highlanders and the Chiefs
the current Super Rugby champions the Chiefs have won four matches and the Highlanders
one.

The last four matches between the teams have both been won by the Chiefs including
this year’s 19-21 Chiefs victory in Hamilton.

Overall the Highlanders have played the Chiefs 22 times in Super Rugby since
1996 and the Highlanders have won 7 times.

That gives the Highlanders an overall record of winning 32% of their matches
against the Chiefs and the average score between the teams is Highlanders 22
Chiefs 24.

This weekend the match will be played in Dunedin which is home for the Highlanders
and where the teams have met each other 6 times.

Overall the Highlanders have had home advantage over the Chiefs on 10 occasions
as they have moved matches to Invercargill and Queenstown.

Out of those ten matches the Highlanders have won 3 and lost 7 matches. That
gives the Highlanders a record of winning 30% of their home matches against
the Chiefs.

In the six Dunedin matches the Highlanders have won three and lost three matches
giving them a record of wining 50% of their home matches in Dunedin.

The Chiefs have won the last two matches played between the teams in Dunedin
and the average score in the southern city is Highlanders 28 Chiefs 22.

This year the Highlanders have played 7 matches at home and won 5 giving them
a record of winning 71% of their home matches.

In comparison the Chiefs have played 6 matches away from home and won one,
drawn two and lost three. That gives them a record of winning just 17 % of their
away matches.

Against New Zealand teams the Chiefs have played two away from home and one
on and lost one.

The Highlanders are currently in fifth place overall while the Chiefs have
dropped down to 8th place which makes this a must win match.

In terms of selection the Highlanders have named a strong team which includes
their three All Blacks and Patrick Osborne who joined the All Black squad as
injury cover.

The Chiefs have named halfback Augustine Pulu to make his Super Rugby come-back
after a recent knee procedure and is joined by Robbie Fruean who will make his
long awaited return in a Chiefs jersey.

Both players have already experienced some club rugby before making their return
this Friday.

Gareth Anscombe starts at fullback with Tevita Koloamatangi, Tawera Kerr-Barlow,
Tim Nanai-Williams and James Lowe new additions to the bench.

The Bookies
have given the Highlanders a 1 point start for this Match
– with
an offer of a FREE $250.00 Bet.
The Chiefs appear
to like Dunedin and they are just a little more desperate so they should edge
this one. The Chiefs to win by two.

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

Average score: Highlanders 22 Chiefs 24

Last five results
01 Mar 2014 Highlanders v Chiefs 19-21 Hamilton
22 Mar 2013 Highlanders v Chiefs 7-19 Hamilton
22 Feb 2013 Highlanders v Chiefs
27-41 Dunedin
29 Jun 2012 Highlanders v Chiefs 21-27 Dunedin
25 Feb 2012 Highlanders v Chiefs 23-19 Hamilton

Highlanders overall record against the Chiefs
Played 22 ,
Wins 7 ,Losses 15, Draws 0

Match No.102 : Highlanders v Chiefs
Date :Friday 27 June
Venue : Forsyth Barr Stadium
Kick Off local: 19:35
Referee: Garratt Williamson
Assistant Ref 1: Kane McBride
Assistant Ref 2: Mike Lash
TMO: Chris Wratt

Teams

Chiefs

1. Pauliasi Manu,2. Mahonri Schwalger ,3. Ben Tameifuna ,4. Michael Fitzgerald
,5. Brodie Retallick ,6. Liam Messam,7. Tanerau Latimer,8. Liam Squire ,9. Augustine
Pulu ,10. Aaron Cruden (c),11. Tom Marshall ,12. Bundee Aki,13. Robbie Fruean,14.
Dwayne Sweeney ,15. Gareth Anscombe ,

Replacements : 16. Nathan Harris ,17. Jamie Mackintosh,18. Josh Hohneck,19.
Matt Symons ,20. Tevita Koloamatangi ,21. Tawera Kerr-Barlow ,22. Tim Nanai-Williams
,23. James Lowe

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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