2020 Super Rugby Aotearoa – Highlanders vs Chiefs Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Highlanders vs Chiefs taking place? Saturday 13th June, 2020 – 08:05 (UK)

Where is Highlanders vs Chiefs taking place? Forsyth Barr Stadium

What channel is Highlanders vs Chiefs on? Sky Sports Action

Where can I stream Highlanders vs Chiefs? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match via Sky Go

Where can I get tickets for Highlanders vs Chiefs? Visit this link for ticket information on Super Rugby games

THE TEAM NEWS

HIGHLANDERS

  • Highlanders will hope a clean slate can serve them well after they had started the now curtailed Super Rugby competition in terrible form with just one win from their six matches and they must show big improvements during Super Rugby Aotearoa.
  • The Highlanders have sprung a big surprise with their team selection for their first game with little-known Sam Gilbert named on the wing in what will be a Super Rugby debut for the youngster.
  • A second debut could be handed out to exciting talent Vilimoni Koroi who with the Sevens star named on the bench but new signing Nehe Milner-Skudder will be forced to sit out due to a shoulder issue, although he is not too far away from proving his fitness.

CHIEFS

  • Chiefs put in a couple of eye-catching performances during the Super Rugby campaign but lost their last game against the Hurricanes and they will be eager to find more consistency in this new competition against their New Zealand rivals.
  • The Chiefs come into this contest with several injury problems with the most significant being captain Sam Cane who is ruled out due to a back problem and that is a huge blow with the flanker leaving a big hole in the side.
  • Cane sits out alongside Laghlan McWhannell, Atu Moli, Michael Allardice and Sam McNicol who are all ruled out for the entire campaign while Angus Ta’avao, Mitchell Karpik and Nathan Harris are also absent for this fixture.

THE PREDICTION

Highlanders and Chiefs will make history as the first teams to compete in the Super Rugby Aotearoa in what is likely to be a big crowd in Dunedin. The 10-week competition is bound to be a brilliant spectacle with the five teams from New Zealand going head-to-head in the newly developed tournament. The Highlanders were in poor form before the Super Rugby competition was brought to an early end and while the Chiefs have a long injury list to contend with, Warren Gatland’s side should still have enough to come out on top.

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