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Highlanders vs Fijian Drua Predictions & Tips - Drua looking to continue strong start to season

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Last updated: 22 Mar 2023
Ralph Staniforth 22 Mar 2023
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  • Watch Highlanders vs Fijian Drua on Saturday in Super Rugby (03:35 GMT)
  • Hosts have lost 3 of their last 4 games
  • Can Drua get their third win of the season?
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Highlanders vs Fijian Drua Predictions


The Highlanders will be looking to go back-to-back after losing their opening three games. It is however not easy against a Drua side who are looking in good form.
  • Highlanders vs Fijian Drua Predictions
  • Head to Head
  • Highlanders Form
  • Highlanders Injuries & Team News
  • Fijian Drua Form
  • Fijian Drua Injuries & Team News

I’m backing Drua to get within the eight-point handicap and perhaps upset the odds with a win.

  • Highlanders have lost 3 of their last 4 matches.
  • Highlanders won their last match against Drua by 3 points.
  • Fijian Drua have won 2 of their last 4 matches.

Head to Head


Highlanders beat Drua 27-24 last season at home. That is the only previous meeting between these sides.

Highlanders Form


The Highlanders are rooted to 11th place on the Super Rugby table with just four points from their opening four games. Those points came in their last match, their first win of the season.

In round one the Highlanders went down 60-20 at home to the Blues. It was followed by a 52-15 defeat at the Crusaders. Another heavy defeat followed, this time to the Chiefs (28-7).

Last week the Dunedin-based outfit eventually got some points, beating the Western Force 43-35. Their defence was still very leaky but at least they got over the line.

Highlanders Injuries & Team News


There are likely to be some changes from the Highlanders for this fixture.

Fijian Drua Form


Fijian Drua have started this season in superb fashion, winning two and losing two games. They are nowhere near title challengers but the start they’ve made has been more than competitive.

A 36-34 victory over Moana to kick the season off was the perfect start. Drua then lost 46-17 to the Waratahs, but it was 17-all at the halfway point.

Drua then upset the odds, beating weakened Crusaders side 25-24 before losing 27-24 to the Reds last weekend.

Fijian Drua Injuries & Team News


Drua are expected to remain unchanged unless there are fresh injuries that have yet to be reported.

Verdict

Fijian Drua are backed to get within eight points of the Highlanders and perhaps upset the odds with a win.

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