The winner has alternated in the last 10 Super Rugby meetings between the Lions and the Highlanders, both sides winning five games apiece in that spell; should that run continue the Lions would be due victory in this game.
The Highlanders have won five of their last seven
This will be the second meeting between the Highlanders and Jaguares in Super Rugby history and first in New Zealand; the Highlanders were victorious in their inaugural clash in Argentina in 2016 (34-8).
The Jaguares have won three of their last four Super Rugby matches against New Zealand
The Highlanders have played the Chiefs 32 times in Super rugby since 1996 and the Highlanders have won 14 matches, drawn none and lost 18 matches.
The Highlanders 14 wins out of 32 matches gives them a record of winning 44% of their matches against the Chiefs regardless of venue.
This is only the second Super Rugby encounter between the Sunwolves and the Highlanders, the side from Dunedin winning the first meeting in Round 9, 2017, by a score of 40-15.
The Sunwolves are still chasing their first victory at home in Super Rugby 2019 (L5), they've never
The Highlanders have won 10 of their last 14 matches against the Blues in Super Rugby (L4), succumbing to defeat in their most recent encounter however (33-26).
The Highlanders are on a five-game losing streak (excluding draw v Crusaders in Round 5), they haven’t lost more than five
The Crusaders overturned a 10-point deficit to claim a 43-17 bonus-point win over the Highlanders in Christchurch on Friday.
On and on the Crusaders go. Despite a slow start to this match, which saw them fall 10-0 behind early on, they then scored 36 unanswered points to flex their considerable muscles
The Crusaders have played the Highlanders 35 times in Super rugby since 1996 and the Crusaders have won 23 matches, drawn 1 and lost 11 times.
The Crusaders 23 wins out of 35 matches gives them a record of winning 67% of their matches against the Highlanders regardless of venue.
The Hurricanes held out a spirited Highlanders side as they earned a 31-28 win for their fifth victory of the Super Rugby season on Friday.
Although both sides have failed to truly find their best this season, which was evident in an error-strewn first half, they served up a veritable feast
Otago (Highlanders) have played Wellington (Hurricanes) 32 times in Super rugby since 1996 and the Otago (Highlanders) have won 14 matches and lost 18.
Otago (Highlanders) 14 wins gives them a record of winning 44% of their matches against Wellington (Hurricanes) regardless of the venue.
This weekend the match will be played
The Blues continued with their impressive recent form when they secured a hard-fought 33-26 triumph over the Highlanders in Auckland on Friday.
The victory is a significant one for the home side as it ends a 20-match winless run against New Zealand teams.
As expected, this was a fast-paced and entertaining affair