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Crusaders vs Highlanders Betting Tips, Predictions & Odds – Crusaders tipped to secure title with big win

  • Crusaders beat the Highlanders 40-20 in Dunedin in round 4 of Super Rugby Aotearoa
  • Victory will secure title for Crusaders with 1 match to play
  • Crusaders have beaten the Highlanders by 20 or more points in their last 5 matches
  • Red hot Will Jordan has 5 tries in Super Rugby Aotearoa
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Will Jordan scored two tries against the Highlanders in his last matcha against them (Getty Images)


The Crusaders will be looking to secure the 2020 Super Rugby Aotearoa with victory over the Highlanders at the Orangetheory Stadium on Sunday. The hosts have dominated this fixture with five successive 20+ point victories over the Highlanders and this match is likely to be more of the same.

Crusaders Form


The Crusaders top the table of Super Rugby Aotearoa and will claim the title with a match to spare if they can win with a bonus point against the Highlanders.

At home the Crusaders have been close to unbeatable with a 36-match unbeaten run. That came to an end two weeks ago when they lost 34-32 to the Hurricanes but the Crusaders will want to get back on track on Sunday.

Last weekend the Crusaders beat the Chiefs 32-19 in what was quite a competitive match until the final 15 minutes. As is the norm with the Crusaders they pulled away in the final quarter mainly thanks to their vastly superior strength on the bench.

Crusaders News


Braydon Ennor failed to pass a late fitness test last week but will surely feature at some point this weekend. Unfortunately for the winger the current back three are in magnificent form so a start is unlikely.

Highlanders Form


2020 will be a year the Highlanders will want to forget. Unfortunately they come up against the table topping Crusaders this weekend with a team low on confidence. 

They have managed to win two matches in Super Rugby Aotearoa but both those came against the Chiefs. When the Highlanders met the Crusaders in round 4 they lost 40-20 at home. Last weekend the Highlanders went down 32-19 at home to the Blues.

Despite a couple of promising performances the Highlanders have not shown enough equality or consistency to challenge the might of the Crusaders in Christchurch.

Highlanders News


The Highlanders have little to play for but are unlikely to steer too far away from full strength considering the opposition. I expect a similar line-up to last weekend with perhaps Jona Nareki getting a start on the wing.

Crusaders vs Highlanders Head to Head


The Crusaders hold an 8-1 advantage over the Highlanders in their last nine encounters. The Christchurch-based outfit has won the last five encounters by 23, 26, 24, 20 and 20 points.

Their last match took place earlier in Super Rugby Aotearoa where the Crusaders won 40-20 in Dunedin.

Crusaders vs Highlanders Odds


The Crusaders are short priced favourites at 1.13 while the Highlanders are paying 6.00 for a win. The handicap is set at 16 points.

Crusaders vs Highlanders Match Up


The Crusaders have an incredible squad with All Blacks in almost every position. If that isn’t enough, their bench is stronger than any other franchise. This is the reason they score so many of their points in the final quarter of matches, so if the Highlanders aren’t in touch by the 60 minute mark, they could be in trouble.

Crusaders vs Highlanders Stats


  • Crusaders have covered the -16 handicap in their last 5 matches against the Highlanders.
  • Crusaders’ Will Jordan scored 2 tries in his last match against the Highlanders.
  • Crusaders’ Will Jordan has scored 15 tries in his last 17 Super Rugby matches.
  • Highlanders have lost 4 of their 6 matches in Super Rugby Aotearoa.

Crusaders vs Highlanders FAQ

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Where is the Crusaders vs Highlanders Super Rugby Aotearoa match being played?

The Crusaders vs Highlanders match is being played at Orangetheory Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand.

When is the Crusaders vs Highlanders Super Rugby Aotearoa match being played?

The Crusaders vs Highlanders match is being played on Sunday 9 August 2020.at 04:35 BST.

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Verdict

I'm backing the Crusaders to cover the -16 handicap and Will Jordan to be the first try scorer.
Best Bet: Crusaders -16 Handicap Handicap @-109.89 at BetMGM - 5 Units
First Crusaders Tryscorer Tip: Will Jordan First Crusaders Tryscorer @400 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit
First Tryscorer Tip: Will Jordan First Tryscorer @700 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit

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