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Highlanders vs Waratahs Predictions & Tips - Highlanders tipped in handicap market

  • Highlanders vs Waratahs predictions for Saturday’s Super Rugby trans-Tasman fixture
  • Match is being played at 08:05 BST at the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin
  • Waratahs have conceded 166 points in three matches, an average of 55 points per game
  • I am backing the Highlanders to cover the -25 handicap
  • Preview, predictions, stats & team news
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Ralph Staniforth 04 Jun 2021
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Highlanders vs Waratahs Predictions


The Highlanders vast array of attacking talents will be looking to take advantage of the Waratahs at home. The Tahs’ have conceded 166 points in their last three matches so my best bet is for the Highlanders to cover the -25 handicap.

  • Highlanders have won their last 3 matches.
  • Waratahs have lost their last 11 matches.
  • Waratahs have lost their last 3 matches by 16, 27 & 26 points.
  • Waratahs have conceded a tournament high 166 points in their last 3 matches.

Head to Head


The Highlanders hold a narrow 6-5 advantage over the Waratahs over their last 11 matches. The New Zealand side has however won the last four at home against their opponents. 

Highlanders Form


The Highlanders are fourth on the Super Rugby trans-Tasman table with three wins from their three matches. They have however picked up just one bonus point in those three matches which puts them two points off top of the table.

The Highlanders campaign began with a convincing 40-19 victory at home against the Reds. It was followed up with a 25-15 win over the Western Force.

Last week the Dunedin-based outfit were convincing 42-27 winners against the Rebels. It was a match that started well but the Highlanders slipped off the intensity late on to allow the Rebels to narrow the gap.

If the Highlanders have any prospects of winning the Super Rugby trans-Tasman, they will have to score a bonus point win against the Waratahs.

Highlanders Injuries & Team News


All Black scrumhalf, Aaron Smith is rested as per national protocol for this match. Loose forward Shannon Frizell misses out through injury.

Waratahs Form


The Waratahs are perhaps the one Australian side that won’t be too disappointed with Super Rugby trans-Tasman. They have yet to win but have shown signs of improvement, particularly in the attacking sense.

The Sydney-based outfit scored 48 points on the opening weekend. Although they lost 64-48 to the Hurricanes it was a Tahs’ side we had not seen this season as they had little trouble crossing the try-line.

Round two saw the Waratahs lose 48-21 at the Blues. It was another decent attacking display but defensively they are just not up to the standard required. In their last match the Waratahs suffered a 54-28 defeat at home to the Crusaders.

Waratahs Injuries & Team News


The Waratahs are having a mini injury crisis at the moment. They have lost Angus Bell, Harry Johnson-Holmes and Te Tera Faulkner to injury this week.

Hugh Sinclair and Max Douglas remain on the sidelines after going off injured in round two.

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Verdict

The Highlanders are on a three-match winning streak and in need of a bonus point against a defensively frail Waratahs outfit. I'm backing the Highlanders to win by more than 25 points.

Best Bet: Highlanders -25 Handicap @-111.11 at BetMGM - 3 Units

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