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Highlanders vs Reds Tips


The Reds will be full of confidence after winning Super Rugby AU last weekend. Despite their poor record in Dunedin, this Reds side has enough quality to upset the odds against a Highlanders side that have been inconsistent this season.

My best bet is for the Reds to finish within eight points of their hosts.

  • Reds have won 7 of their last 8 matches.
  • Reds won the 2021 Super Rugby AU.
  • Highlanders have lost 5 of their last 8 matches.
  • Highlanders have lost 3 of their last 4 home matches.

Head to Head


The Highlanders have won their last three matches against the Reds and 10 of their last 11 home matches against the Queensland outfit.

Highlanders Form


The Highlanders were one of the more disappointing sides during Super Rugby Aotearoa this season. Inconsistency plagued the Dunedin side as they just couldn’t manage to put together a run of victories.

They ended up winning three of their eight Super Rugby Aotearoa matches, finishing fourth on the table. There were some magnificent performances as well, the most notable was a 33-12 win over the Crusaders in Christchurch.

In their last match the Highlanders however went down 41-22 at the Hurricanes. It was a poor performance, that of a team that had nothing left to play for.

Highlanders Team News


Flanker Shannon Frizell will miss the weekend’s clash with the coaches not willing to risk him after being accused of assault. Otherwise the Highlanders have a full strength squad available.

Reds Form


The Reds come into the Super Rugby Cross-Tasman as champions of Super Rugby AU. They defeated the Brumbies 19-16 with a last minute try in the final last weekend.

During the course of their Super Rugby AU campaign, the Reds managed to win seven of their eight matches. Their only blip came in the final round robin match where the Western Force won 30-27.

Confidence will be high with the Reds after a dominant campaign. Playing in New Zealand will be a different test altogether though, something they have not done since pre-pandemic.

Reds Team News


Reds head coach, Brad Thorn has been forced into a couple of changes. Centre Jordan Petaia left the field in the final last week with a thigh injury and will not recover in time.

Loose forward Harry Wilson and hooker Alex Mafi are also injury casualties from their last match. Scrumhalf Tate McDermott has been rested which sees Kalani Thomas start.

Highlanders vs Reds FAQs

Where can I watch the Highlanders vs Reds live stream?

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When does Highlanders vs Reds take place?

The match is being played at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin on Friday, May 14.

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Verdict

The Highlanders have been inconsistent this season and their home form is nothing to write home about. The Reds on the other hand are Super Rugby AU champions and should be full of confidence. I'm backing the Reds to lose by less than eight points with a possible upset on the cards.

Best Bet: Reds +8 Handicap Handicap @100.00 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Value Bet: Reds Win Full Time Result @260.00 at Caesars (Sport) - 1 Unit

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