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Super Rugby Preview: Highlanders v Waratahs (14/06/19)

The Play – Off Picture

    • 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 NSW Waratahs, despite trailing at half-time twice in that time.
    • The Highlanders have drawn two of their last three games on home turf in Super Rugby (W1); prior to the 2019 campaign, they had not drawn a match as hosts since 2005.
    • The Highlanders have lost three of their last six games against Australian opposition in Super Rugby (W3), this after having lost only one of their previous 14 such fixtures.
    • The NSW Waratahs have won their last two games on the bounce away from home in Super Rugby; the last time they won more in succession was a three-game streak from March to April in 2016.
    • The NSW Waratahs have lost their last eight Super Rugby games in succession in New Zealand; their last victory there came in Round 10, 2015 against the Hurricanes.
    • The Highlanders (8.3) have won the most scrums per game on their own feed in Super Rugby 2019 and boast the third-highest scrum success rate (95%) of any squad.
    • Only the Hurricanes (5) have conceded fewer tries in the final 20 minutes of games this Super Rugby season than the NSW Waratahs (7).
    • Waisake Naholo (Highlanders) has been directly involved in five tries (3 tries, 2 try assists) in his last five Super Rugby games against the NSW Waratahs, and has crossed for three tries in his last two Super Rugby games overall.
    • NSW Waratahs’ duo Michael Hooper (210) and Damien Fitzpatrick (159) have made the most and third-most tackles respectively of any players in Super Rugby 2019.

The Highlanders have played the Waratahs 24 times in Super rugby since 1996 and the Highlanders have won 9 matches, lost 15 times and drawn none.

The Highlanders 9 wins out of 24 matches gives them a record of winning 38% of their matches against the Waratahs regardless of venue.

This weekend the match will be played at Invercargill which is effectively home for the Highlanders and the venue where the teams have met just once before.

In that one match played at Invercargill, the Highlanders won 26-10 and this was in 2010.

In general terms, the Highlanders have had home advantage over the Waratahs 11 times and they have won 5 and lost six times. This gives the Highlanders a record of winning 46% of their matches against the Waratahs at home.

The average score when the Highlanders play the Waratahs at home is : Highlanders 22 Waratahs 22.

The Highlanders have won the last four matches against the Waratahs at home and that includes the 2010 match at Invercargill. The last time the Waratahs beat the Highlanders away from home was in 2008.

Average score: Highlanders 21 Waratahs 26

Last five results 
Sat, 21 Jul 2018 Elim: Highlanders 23 v 30 Waratahs @Sydney
Sat, 19 May 2018 Highlanders 12 v 41 Waratahs @Sydney
Sat, 27 May 2017 Highlanders 44 v 28 Waratahs @Dunedin
Fri, 18 Mar 2016 Highlanders 30 v 26 Waratahs @Sydney
Sat, 27 Jun 2015 Semi: Highlanders 35 v 17 Waratahs @Sydney

Highlanders overall record against the Waratahs
Played 24 , Wins 9 , Losses 15 , Draws 0



1.Ayden Johnstone, 2.Liam Coltman, 3.Tyrel Lomax, 4.Jackson Hemopo, 5.Tom Franklin, 6.Liam Squire, 7.James Lentjes, 8.Luke Whitelock (c), 9.Aaron Smith, 10. Josh Ioane, 11 Tevita Li, 12. Teihorangi Walden,13. Rob Thompson, 14. Waisake Naholo,15. Josh McKay

Replacements: 16. Ash Dixon, 17. Daniel Lienert-Brown,18. Siate Tokolahi, 19. Josh Dickson, 20. Shannon Frizell, 21. Kayne Hammington,22. Marty Banks, 23. Elliot Dixon


15 Alex Newsome, 14 Cam Clark, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Lalakai Foketi, 11 Curtis Rona, 10 Mack Mason, 9 Nick Phipps (c), 8 Michael Wells, 7 Will Miller, 6 Hugh Sinclair, 5 Tom Staniforth, 4 Ned Hanigan, 3 Tom Robertson, 2 Damien Fitzpatrick, 1 Harry Johnson-Holmes

Replacements: 16 Andrew Tuala, 17 Rory O’Connor, 18 Shambeckler Vui, 19 Ryan McCauley, 20 Jed Holloway, 21 Jack Dempsey, 22 Jake Gordon, 23 Tautalatasi Tasi

Match Officials and details
Date :
 Friday 14 June

Venue : Rugby Park Stadium, Invercargill
Kick Off local: 19:35
Referee: Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 1:Brendon Pickerill
Assistant Ref 2: James Munro
TMO : Glenn Newman

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