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Highlanders vs Chiefs Betting Tips – Tight clash expected in Super Rugby Aotearoa opener

Highlanders tipped to cover the handicap at Forsyth Barr Stadium
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The Highlanders and Chiefs drew 31-31 in their last clash (Getty images)

Highlanders vs Chiefs Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips

The Highlanders meet the Chiefs in the first ever Super Rugby Aotearoa match at the Forsyth Barr Stadium. By the time kick off comes it will have been three months since either side played a competitive match so I expect it to be scrappy and tight.

Highlanders Form

The Highlanders were not enjoying Super Rugby in 2020. Injuries and poor form had cost them from the first game of the season.  Their last match ended in a 38-13 defeat to the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld but much has changed since then.

Aaron Smith is widely considered the best scrumhalf in the world at the moment but his form was poor before Super Rugby took a break. Should he come to the party this weekend it could be a long day for the Chiefs.

The break from COVID-19 could work in the Highlanders favour. Momentum can swing easily over the course of a month with no games but at the very least I expect a scrappy first game back. And no crowd could be difficult to get used to.

I am backing the Highalnders on the +10 handicap while victory at home isn’t out of the question.

Highlanders News

The Highlanders will be happy with the return of Josh Ioane who will undoubtedly add quality to the previously lacking fly-half position. In another decisive move, Nehe Milnder-Skudder has signed for the men from the South to add some attacking flair to their back-line.

Chiefs Form

The Chiefs started the 2020 Super Rugby season on fire but dropped off the pace in the last few weeks before it was suspended. Their last match saw them suffer a 27-24 defeat to the Hurricanes at the FMG Stadium. 

Two weeks prior to that defeat the Chiefs were stunned by the Brumbies 27-14 in Canberra. The Brumbies fielded a very inexperienced side considering all the injuries they had and certainly were not expected to win. 

A comfortable 51-14 win over a weak Waratahs side in Sydney split those defeats. The Chiefs are rightfully favourites for this one but I feel the -10 handicap may be a steep climb for them.

Chiefs News

The break has allowed loose-head prop Luke Jacobson and prop Neop Laulala to return from injury which gives the Chiefs more options. With Aaron Cruden steering them from fly-half and Brad Weber, Andon Lienert-Brown and Damian McKenzie offering world class talent either side of Cruden, the Chiefs could sting the Highlanders badly here.

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The Chiefs have lost two of their last three matches (Getty Images)

Highlanders vs Chiefs Head to Head

The Chiefs have won three and the Highlanders one of their last five matches. Their last meeting ended 31-31 at the Forsyth Barr Stadium in 2019. History suggests this will be a close match with less than 10 points in it.

Highlanders vs Chiefs Betting Odds

The Highlanders are heavy outsiders to win at 4.20 with the Chiefs priced at 1.25. A draw can be backed at 23.00.

It is the handicap is set at 10 points and pays 1.90 for either team to cover it. More markets such as try-scoring markets will be available closer to the time of kick off.

Highlanders vs Chiefs Match Up

The Highlanders have struggled in 2020 with only one victory and a draw from their opening six Super Rugby fixtures. The key here is that the extra time has given injured players time to recuperate. I expect the Highlanders forwards to perform much better with players returning.

The Chiefs started the season like a house on fire but slowed down in their last three matches. The Chiefs forwards will need to get gain line dominance as well as compete in the set pieces, something they failed miserably at in their last few matches.

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Aaron Smith is the key to the Highlanders turning around their fortunes (Getty Images)

Highlanders vs Chiefs Stats

  • Highlanders drew with the Chiefs 31-31 the last time they met at the Forsyth Barr Stadium (2019).
  • Highlanders have covered the +10 handicap in 11 of their last 12 matches against the Chiefs.
  • Chiefs have lost 2 of their last 3 Super Rugby matches.

Highlanders vs Chiefs FAQ

Where can I watch Highlanders vs Chiefs live stream online?

Check out our online streaming calendar for the Highlanders vs Chiefs live stream.

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

The Highlanders vs Chiefs match is being played at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin, New Zealand.

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

The Highlanders vs Chiefs match is being played on Saturday 13 June 2020 at 05:05 GMT.

What is Highlanders vs Chiefs Head to Head record?

The Chiefs have won three of their last five matches against he Highlanders along with one draw and one defeat.



After a three month break the players are unlikely to be anywhere near their best. The Highlanders have the quality to turn their form around and I believe they offer value to cover the +10 handicap with a small layout on an upset victory.

Best Bet: Highlanders +10 Points Handicap Market @-111.11 at BetMGM - 5 Units
Outright Winner Tip: Highlanders Win Market @320 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit

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