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Hurricanes vs Highlanders Predictions & Tips - Highlanders can end season on a high

  • Hurricanes vs Highlanders predictions for Friday’s Super Rugby Aotearoa fixture
  • Match is being played at 08:05 BST at Sky Stadium in Wellington
  • Highlanders have won 2 of their last 3 matches
  • I am backing the Highlanders to win
  • Preview, predictions, stats & team news
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Highlanders can end season on a high with another away win (Getty Images)
Ralph Staniforth 29 Apr 2021
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Hurricanes vs Highlanders Predictions


This should be a very close match with both sides playing well in recent weeks. Both the Highlanders and Hurricanes seem to perform better away from home so my bet is for the Highlanders to get the win in this match.

  • Hurricanes have lost 6 of their last 7 matches.
  • Hurricanes have scored the least (159) and conceded the most (201) points in Super Rugby Aotearoa.
  • Hurricanes have lost their last 3 away home matches.
  • Highlanders have won 2 of their last 3 away matches.

Head to Head


The Hurricanes lead the Highlanders 21-15 in their last 36 matches. Earlier this season the Hurricanes beat the Highlanders 30-19 in Dunedin.

Hurricanes Form


The Hurricanes are bottom of the Super Rugby Aotearoa table with just one win in their seven matches. They can’t climb the table either as they are seven points off the Highlanders with one to play.

The Canes will feel a touch hard done by in recent weeks with a couple very narrow defeats, matches they should really have won. After a poor first half of the campaign, they will be pleased with how the second half has gone performance wise.

Their solitary win this season came in a 30-19 away win over the Highlanders. That was followed by a 27-17 loss to the Blues and a 30-27 home defeat in extra time to the Crusaders.

Last week the Hurricanes led for most of the match at the Chiefs only to concede a last minute penalty which saw them lose 26-24.

Hurricanes Injuries & Team News


The Hurricanes have brought in Julian Savea and Julian Proctor at right wing and outside centre. The Wellington-based have no injury concerns.

Highlanders Form


The Highlanders can still finish fourth on the table if they manage to win this weekend and the Blues falter against the Chiefs. They are currently on 14 points in fourth position but can no longer make the final.

The Dunedin-based outfit has been very inconsistent this season. They have managed some big victories but then fallen away in others.

The Highlanders last three matches have been exciting affairs. They caused a huge shock in round six, beating the Crusaders 33-12 in Christchurch. They needed to back that result up with a win but then lost 26-23 at home against the Chiefs.

Had they held on for the victory against the Chiefs they would be looking at qualifying for the final this weekend. In their last match the Highlanders dealt the Blues a massive blow by beating them 35-29 at home.

Highlanders Injuries & Team News


Ethan de Groot comes into the front-row for this fixture. The rest of the Highlanders side remain as it was.

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Verdict

The Hurricanes have lost six of their seven matches this season and could give youngsters a chance in the final match. I'm backing the Highlanders to get their third away win in four matches this season.

Best Bet: Highlanders Win Full Time Result @125.00 at BetMGM - 3 Units

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