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Highlanders vs Brumbies
Super Rugby, 14 April, 2018
|Forsyth Barr Stadium|
|Fulltime - Highlanders 43, Brumbies 17|
|Referee: Ben O'keeffe|
|Touch judges: James Doleman & James Munro|
|TMO: Glenn Newman|
The Highlanders will look to build some consistency and return to the winners circle when they host the equally up and down Brumbies. Join The Roar for live scores from 5:35pm (AEST).
It’s been a rough first half of the year for the New Zealand outfit, with the Highlanders falling short of the mark in close games on more than one occasion.
The Highlanders sit with a three and two record from their first six games, which leaves them fourth in the New Zealand conference – definitely not the place they would like to be sitting.
Despite that, the season isn’t over yet. They do need to start winning, and winning well, but it’s far from over in terms of making a run at the wildcard spots for the finals.
They have played the least amount of games of any team in the Super Rugby competition and while that sits up a taxing second half of the season, they can quite easily rise up the table and compete for the top spots.
The Highlanders went down to the Chiefs in their last outing a fortnight ago in what was a close game, while the match before that saw them drop to the Hurricanes. Neither performance was great, but with three wins on the trot before that, they simply need to lift their level and rediscover that form.
Like the ‘Landers, the Brumbies have been far from poor this season. As we hit the halfway point of season 2018, they sit third in the Australian conference with a three and three record.
Inconsistency has struck them across the course of the season so far, with a loss to the Waratahs and a thumping win over the Reds headlining their last fortnight of competition.
The 24-point loss to the Waratahs brought up insecurities in their defence, but when they play well, the Brumbies are a hard side to stop, as evidenced with their big win over a struggling Reds outfit.
With home ground advantage, the Highlanders won’t surrender this game easily. I’d expect them to pick up the victory in a close, hard-fought game against a gallant Brumbies outfit.
Highlanders by 5.
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