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Highlanders vs Chiefs Predictions & Tips - Confident Highlanders can land another victory

  • Highlanders vs Chiefs predictions for Saturday’s Super Rugby Aotearoa fixture
  • Match is being played at 08:05 BST at the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin
  • The Highlanders are unbeaten in their last 5 matches against the Chiefs
  • I am backing the Highlanders to cover the -3 handicap at even money
  • Preview, predictions, stats & team news
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Highlanders defeated the Chiefs 39-23 in their match earlier this season (Getty Images)
Ralph Staniforth 09 Apr 2021
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Highlanders vs Chiefs Predictions


The Highlanders come into this match off the back of an incredible win over the Crusaders. That should give them the confidence to beat the Chiefs, a team they have not lost to in five matches. The best bet is for the Highlanders to cover the -3 handicap.

  • Highlanders are undefeated against the Chiefs in their last 5 matches (4 wins).
  • Highlanders beat the Chiefs 39-23 away earlier this season.
  • Highlanders beat the Crusaders 33-12 last weekend.
  • Chiefs have lost 8 of their last 10 matches.

Head to Head


Highlanders have won four of their last five matches against the Chiefs. The other match ended in a draw.

When they met earlier this season, the Highlanders turned around a half time deficit to win 39-23 away from home.

Highlanders Form


The Highlanders are third on the Super Rugby Aotearoa table on nine points, five points off the second placed Blues. They have performed reasonably well this season without much fortune, but last week everything came together.

In one of the upsets on the last few years, the Highlanders beat the Crusaders 33-12 in Christchurch last week. It was only the Crusaders second home defeat in 40 matches.

Prior to that, the Highlanders had shown some inconsistency. They lost 26-13 to the Crusaders on the opening weekend before making a second half comeback to beat the Chiefs 39-23 away.

The Highlanders then lost 39-17 to the Blues and 30-19 to the Hurricanes. There are only three matches remaining for the Highlanders and they will need to win all of them to have any chance of finishing in the top two.

Highlanders Injuries & Team News


After team protocols were breached the Highlanders dropped a number of players last week. They are all available this week.

In the backline, Ngatungane Punivai, Sio Tomkinson and Aaron Smith all come into the starting lineup. Scott Gregory shifts from right wing to inside centre.

Among the forwards, James Lentjies starts at flank while Josh Hohneck comes in at tighthead prop.

Chiefs Form


The Chiefs are one point below the Highlanders but have a game in hand. After losing 10 Super Rugby Aotearoa matches in a row stretching back to last season, the Chiefs have won their last two.

They had a bye last weekend but beat the Hurricanes 35-29 and the Blues 15-12 in their two matches before. Despite the two victories, the Chiefs have scored the least points (90) in the tournament thus far. Sorting out their attack will be top of the priority list this weekend.

Victory over the Highlanders will leave the Chiefs in a decent position to make the top two. 

Chiefs Injuries & Team News


From their last outing, the Chiefs have changed both wings as Jonah Lowe and Etene Nanai-Seturu start ahead of Shaun Stevenson and Sean Wainui.

Captain Sam Cane is not in the squad for this fixture. Kaylum Boshier will take his place at flank.

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Verdict

The Highlanders will be supremely confident after seeing off the Crusaders last week. They also beat the Chiefs 39-23 in their meeting a few weeks ago. I'm backing the Highlanders to win by more than three points in this one.

Best Bet: Highlanders -3 Handicap @100.00 at BetMGM - 3 Units

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