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Highlanders vs Crusaders Betting Tips & Odds - Crusaders tipped for comfortable evening in Dunedin

  • Value on Crusaders in the handicap market
  • Highlanders have lost 6 of their last 8 matches
  • Crusaders have dominated the Highlanders in their last 4 encounters
Crusaders vs Highlanders

The rampant Crusaders travel to the Forsyth Barr Stadium on Saturday to face the Highlanders in round four of Super Rugby Aotearoa. The Christchurch-based outfit has dominated fixtures against the Highlanders in recent times and I expect another one sided win.

Highlanders Form

The Highlanders have struggled this season with only two wins in their eight matches thus far. In their last game before Super Rugby was called off the Canes lost 38-13 to the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld.

Upon return, in the form of Super Rugby Aotearoa, the Highlanders managed to kick a last minute drop goal to beat the Chiefs 28-27 Dunedin but fell short against the Blues in their last match.

Despite being competitive throughout in Auckland the Otago-based outfit went down 27-24. Mitch Hunt had a superb game for the Highlanders and almost singlehandedly pulled off a second half comeback with 17 points to his name.

Highlanders News

The Highlanders don’t have any injury concerns but may look to bolster their pack with the addition of Daniel Leinert-Brown in the front-row. Mitch Hunt will surely hold onto the fly-half position despite calls for Bryn Gatland to get a run.

Highlanders Rugby
The Highlanders have lost 6 of their 8 matches in 2020 (Getty Images)

Crusaders Form

The Crusaders have been largely flawless this season and only suffered one defeat in their six Super Rugby fixtures prior to it being called off.

In Super Rugby Aotearoa the Saders’ have come out firing, winning their first match 39-25 against the Hurricanes in Wellington. Last week the Crusaders beat the Chiefs at home 18-13 but the match was marred by errors thanks to the terrible conditions.

Throughout the hosts looked in control but handling errors allowed the Chiefs to stay in the hunt. Will Jordan grabbed a brace of tries while both were assisted by Sevu Reece. The Crusaders have now won 18 of their last 20 home matches against New Zealand sides.

Crusaders News

Luke Romano could force his way into the team at the expense of Michael Alaalatoa while backline David Havili will have to wait his chance with the Crusaders backline performing well as a combination.

Highlanders vs Crusaders Head to Head

The Crusaders have a 7-1 advantage over the Highlanders in their last eight meetings. The last four matches have seen the Saders’ win by 23, 26, 24 and 20 points.

Their last meeting took place in February 2020 which the Crusaders won 33-13 in Christchurch.

Highlanders vs Crusaders Odds

The Highlanders go into this clash as underdogs at 4.00 while the Crusaders are priced at 1.25. The handicap is set at 10 points with bet365 and pays 1.90 both ways.

Highlanders vs Crusaders Match Up

The key battle here will be at set piece and in general play between the forwards. If the Crusaders can win these mini battles they should be home and dry. They are extremely adept at keeping possession which will neutralise the Highlanders attacking threats.

Crusaders have beaten the Highlanders by 20+ points in their last four encounters (Getty Images)

Highlanders vs Crusaders Stats

  • Highlanders have lost 4 of their last 5 matches.
  • Highlanders lost 33-13 in their last match against the Crusaders.
  • Crusaders have covered the -10 handicap in their last 4 matches against the Highlanders.
  • Crusaders have covered the -10 handicap in 4 of their last 6 matches.
  • Crusaders have won 7 of their last 8 matches.

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

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

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

The Highlanders vs Crusaders match is being played on Saturday 4 July 2020 at 08:05 BST.



I'm backing the Crusaders to dominate this clash and cover the -10 handicap with ease.

Best Bet: Crusaders -10 Handicap Handicap @-111.11 at BetMGM - 5 Units

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