Super Rugby Aotearoa is in its second week but the Chiefs will be kicking their campaign off as they had a first round bye. The Highlanders will be smarting from their first round loss to the defending champion Crusaders. A match they dominated for long periods but great defense from the Crusaders denied them time and again. The Chiefs are on a horrible run in this competition and ended last season with 8 losses. Their last 2 matches against the Highlanders were nail biters with the Chiefs on the wrong side of the result on both occasions.

TIP: Although the Chiefs are at home I am going to predict a Highlanders win simply because the Highlanders are battle hardened after their first round match. The Chiefs could be undercooked for this one although All Black stars Damian Mckenzie and Sam Cane are fit for this match. Highlanders are good value for money at Sunbet 2.18 and Supabets at 2.24


Chiefs vs Highlanders

  • The last 4 meetings between these sides have all been decided by less than 4 points and there has also been 1 draw.
  • Highlanders have won the last 3
  • There was a 31-31 but that was 4 matches ago

Latest results for both teams

This is the first match for Chiefs while the Highlanders lost their first game of the season to the Crusaders.


I am going for a Highlanders victory by less than 7 points. The Chiefs are slight favourite for this match but with no crowds allowed this negates the home ground advantage. The Highlanders led by the superb Aaron Smith certainly know how to win against the Chiefs and twice last season came back from the dead to break Chiefs hearts.

  • Probable Starting XVs


15 Damian McKenzie,14 Etene Nanai-Seturo ,13  Anton Lienert-Brown,12  Quinn Tupaea  11 Shaun Stevenson,10  Bryn Gatland ,9  Brad Weber ,8  Pita Gus,7  Sam Cane,6  Lachlan Boshier, 5 Tupou Vaa’I,  4 Sowakula  Naitoa,3 Angus Ta’avao,2  Nathan Harris,1  Atunaisa Moli


15 Solomon Alaimalo, 14 Connor Garden-Bachop, 13 Ngatungane Punivai, 12 Patelesio Tomkinson, 11 Jona Nareki, 10 Mitch Hunt, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Marino Mikaele-Tu’u, 7 Billy Harmon, 6 Shannon Frizell, 5 Jack Regan, 4 Josh Dickson, 3 Siate Tokolahi, 2 Ash Dixon, 1 Daniel Lienert-Brown

Odds for this bet

After taking all the information into account I think this is a game that will go the way of the Highlanders and the bookies are offering great odds on a Highlanders win.

Sunbet   2.18

Supabets 2.24

Trackandball 2.20

Odds comparison

The best value for your bet is Supabets at 2.24 but Sunbet is offering 1.84 on the Highlander’s with a +3.5 handicap. I think this is a great bet as these teams always have very small margins of victory.

 Predictions  and Odds

The overall prediction is that this game will be decided by less than 5 points either way. The Highlanders have an astute and wildly experienced coach in Tony Brown while the Chiefs have a novice coach in Clayton Mcmillan. The new coach could take time to warm to the players therefore the Highlanders have the upper hand for me. The safe bet for me is the +3.5 handicap on the Highlanders at 1.84 with Sunbet

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