Waratahs vs Highlanders
The Waratahs welcome the Highlanders to Sydney for this Super Rugby match. The home team will be smarting from the thrashing they received in their last match. They lost 55-21 to a rampant Blues team albeit they rested many of their key players which was a strange decision. The visitors were also beaten in their last match as they lost 30-17 to the Force. They will be glad that their two All Blacks scrumhalves are back for this match. The Highlanders will need to show much more edge in their attack as they struggled for any cohesion in the backline.
TIP: The Waratahs welcome back their regular players, including Wallabies skipper Michael Hooper. They also have a few players returning from injury which will bolster their pack especially. The Highlanders have made several changes for this match and will be hoping for a massive impact from their bench. Their replacements looked flat in the last match and much more is expected from them. The bookies have the Waratahs as favourites and I’m also tipping them for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.66, Gbets 1.66 and Hollywoodbets 1.68
HEAD TO HEAD STATS
Waratahs vs Highlanders
- The Waratahs won three of the last five matches against the Highlanders.
- The home side has won five of the last six matches between the sides.
Latest results for both teams
The Waratahs lost 55-21 to the Blues in their last match while the Highlanders lost 30-17 to the Western Force in their last match.
The Highlanders will be hoping that Aaron Smith will bring the energy and attacking nous to the team after they struggled in the last match. It will be a tough task for the men from Dunedin as the Waratahs are packed with several Wallaby stars. The return of Mark Nawaqanitawase and Lalakai Foketi will definitely boost the home side in attack as both players always seem to get over the advantage line. The visitors will be looking for a big improvement in discipline after they lost three players in the first half to yellow cards. The Waratahs have the edge in most departments therefore I am predicting a home win by 12 points.
Probable Starting XVs
15 Max Jorgensen, 14 Mark Nawaqanitawase, 13 Izaia Perese, 12 Lalakai Foketi, 11 Dylan Pietsch, 10 Ben Donaldson, 9 Jake Gordon, 8 Langi Gleeson, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Taleni Seu, 5 Hugh Sinclair, 4 Jed Holloway, 3 Harry Johnson-Holmes, 2 Dave Porecki, 1 Te Tera Faulker
15 Connor Garden-Bachop, 14 Jonah Lowe, 13 Fetuli Paea, 12 Sam Gilbert, 11 Scott Gregory, 10 Mitch Hunt, 9 Aaron Smith (c), 8 Hugh Renton, 7 Sean Withy, 6 Shannon Frizell, 5 Will Tucker, 4 Fabian Holland, 3 Jermaine Ainsley, 2 Andrew Makalio, 1 Ethan de Groot
Odds for this bet
The best odds on the Waratahs victory are as follows:
Odds comparison on the Waratahs handicap:
The complete odds on the Waratahs handicap:
Betway 1.85 (-3.5)
Gbets 1.87 (-3.5)
Hollywoodbets 1.89 (-3.5)
Predictions and Odds in details
There are decent returns on the Waratahs outright win but if you looking for better odds then we suggest the home team on the handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.85 (-3.5), Gbets 1.87 (-3.5) and Hollywoodbets 1.89 (-3.5)
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