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Western Force vs Highlanders Tips

The Western Force have impressed in recent weeks with a string of good performances. None more so than last week when the Chiefs only managed a one point win. My best bet is for the Force to lose by less than 10 points.

  • Western Force have won 3 of their last 5 matches.
  • Western Force have not lost by 10 or more points in 7 of their last 9 matches.
  • Highlanders have lost 2 of their last 3 away matches.
  • Highlanders have not covered the -10 handicap in 5 of their last 7 matches.

Head to Head

Highlanders have won three of their last four matches against the Western Force. Their last encounter took place in 2017 where the Highlanders ran riot in a 55-6 victory.

Western Force Form

The Western Force have been in good form of late despite a few defeats. They managed to qualify for the Super Rugby AU playoff where they suffered a 21-9 defeat to the Brumbies.

Last week the Western Force were impressive again, this time they lost 20-19 at home to the high-flying Chiefs. It was a match in which the Force were always huge underdogs and after a good start by the Chiefs, it looked like a long day for the Force.

The Perth-based outfit however fought back in the game and had an opportunity to snatch the victory late on. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be but they will fancy their chances against the Highlanders on home soil.

Western Force Team News

The only change for the Western Force sees Brynard Stander drop to the bench with Sitaleki Timani coming in. 

Highlanders Form

The Highlanders got their trans-Tasman Super Rugby tournament off to a good start last weekend, beating the Reds 40-19 in Dunedin.

The Reds were crowned the Super Rugby AU champions just a week before so that is a big scalp for the Highlanders. Although the performance was dominant, the Highlanders have been inconsistent all season so it is difficult to decide which team will pitch up against the Force.

Away from home the Highlanders have been more impressive, especially in their 33-12 victory over the Crusaders a few weeks ago.

Highlanders Team News

The Highlander backline remains unchanged for this fixture. In the forward pack Shannon Frizell starts at flank with Bryn Evans coming in at lock.

Western Force vs Highlanders FAQs

Where can I watch the Western Force vs Highlanders live stream?

Our live streaming calendar shows you where to watch the Western Force vs Highlanders live stream.

When does Western Force vs Highlanders kick off?

The match is being played at HBF Park on Friday, May 21.



Western Force have been very competitive in recent weeks and lost by a mere point to the Chiefs last weekend. I'm backing the hosts to lose by less than 10 and possibly cause an upset against the Highlanders.

Best Bet: Force +10 Handicap Handicap @100.00 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Value Bet: Force Win Full Time Result @260.00 at Caesars (Sport) - 1 Unit

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