The Highlanders pounced on every little mistake made by the Waratahs to cruise to a comfortable 49-12 win at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin in Super Rugby on Friday.
The match began in fairly innocuous fashion with lots of kicks exchanged between the two sides.
Neither side was really able to gain
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The NSW Waratahs picked up a 41-12 win over the Highlanders in their last regular season meeting in Super Rugby, snapping a three-game losing streak in such fixtures.
The Highlanders have won their last four Super Rugby games on the bounce when hosting
The Brumbies have taken the top spot in the Australian conference after a strong 35-24 win over the Waratahs in Parramatta, Sydney.
In what could be the final home match for multiple Waratahs, a win was needed against a much-improved Brumbies side to have any hope of making the finals.
The Brumbies have won five of their last six Super Rugby matches against the NSW Waratahs (L1), including their last three meetings in NSW.
The NSW Waratahs have won five of their last six Australian derbies in Super Rugby at home (L1); their only defeat in that span
The 'Tahs have now won their last five previous matches at the home of the Rebels and both of their encounters with Dave Wessels' side this season.
The Waratahs opened the scoring via a first-phase move from a scrum penalty. The ball was swung out from right to left, with Kurtley
The NSW Waratahs have won 14 of their 16 matches against the Rebels in Super Rugby history (L2), including their last five matches on the bounce.
Six of the last eight Australian derbies in Super Rugby have been won by the home team on the day, with two
This will be just the third Super Rugby fixture between these sides, the Jaguares have won the first two matches including the inaugural clash in Sydney (40-27).
Each of the NSW Waratahs’ last nine Super Rugby games has been decided by a single-digit margin on the day; however,
The NSW Waratahs have won each of their last 10 Super Rugby clashes with the Reds, the Queensland side were last victorious in July 2013.
The Reds have won four of their last six home games against Australian Super Rugby opposition (L2), more than they’d won in their
The Lions have won their last four Super Rugby games on the bounce against the NSW Waratahs, this after having lost six games in succession against them prior to that run.
The Lions have won 10 of their last 12 Super Rugby games against Australian opposition but were
The Bulls have played the Waratahs 19 times in Super rugby since 1998 and the Bulls have won 10 matches and lost 9.
The Bulls 10 wins out of 19 matches gives them a record of winning 53% of their matches against the Waratahs regardless of venue.
This weekend the match will