2012 Super Rugby Champions the Chiefs kick off their Super Rugby title defence in Dunedin against the Highlanders at the Forsyth Barr Stadium.
The Highlanders have played the Chiefs 19 times in Super Rugby and the Highlanders have won just seven of those matches or just 36% of their matches.
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The average score when the Highlanders play the Chiefs across all venues is Highlanders 22 Chiefs 24 so while the Highlanders have a poor record against the Chiefs on average they don't lose by much.
At home in Dunedin the average scores swing to the Highlanders favour as the average score is Highlanders 24 Chiefs 22.
However, even though the average score is slightly in the Highlanders favour they actually have a worse record against the Chiefs at home.
The Highlanders have played the Chiefs 9 times at home and they have only won 3 of those matches or 33% of their matches.
The Highlanders have from time to time moved their home matches against the Chiefs to Invercargill and Queenstown and every one of those matches they lost.
In Dunedin their traditional home the Highlanders have played the Chiefs 5 times and they have won on three occasions. That brings their success rate at home in Dunedin to a much improved 60%.
The Highlanders have named Ma'a Nonu in their team for this week and he will be up against Chiefs regular wing and fullback Tim Nanai-Williams in the midfield. It is a stiff test so early in the season for Nanai-Williams who it seems the Chiefs want to replace Sonny Bill Williams.
In the last five matches between these team they have alternated victories but overall the Chiefs have a better winning percentage and they are the current Super Rugby champions.
This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 4 HD.
Average score: Highlanders 22 Chiefs 24
Last five results
29 Jun 2012 Highlanders v Chiefs 21-27 Dunedin
25 Feb 2012 Highlanders v Chiefs 23-19 Hamilton
07 May 2011 Highlanders v Chiefs 7-20 Hamilton
25 Feb 2011 Highlanders v Chiefs 23-13 Dunedin
03 Apr 2010 Highlanders v Chiefs 21-27 Mount Maunganui
Highlanders overall record against the Chiefs
Played 19 , Wins 7, Losses 12, Draws 0
Match No.3 :Highlanders v Chiefs
Date : Friday 22 February
Venue : Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Kick Off local: 19:35
Referee: Steve Walsh
Assistant Ref 1:Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 2:Kane McBride
TMO : Vinny Munro
1. Tony Woodcock , 2. Brayden Mitchell , 3. Ma'afu Fia , 4. Jarrad Hoeata (vc) , 5. Josh Bekhuis , 6. Joe Wheeler , 7. John Hardie , 8. Nasi Manu , 9. Aaron Smith , 10. Lima Sopoaga , 11. Hosea Gear (c) , 12. Ma'a Nonu , 13. Phil Burleigh , 14. Kade Poki , 15. Ben Smith
Replacements :16. Liam Coltman , 17. Bronson Murray , 18. Elliot Dixon , 19. Tim Boys , 20. Fumiaki Tanaka , 21. Hayden Parker , 22. Buxton Popoalii
1. Pauliasi Manu, 2. Hika Elliot, 3. Ben Afeaki, 4. Craig Clarke (c) , 5. Brodie Retallick, 6. Liam Messam, 7. Sam Cane, 8. Fritz Lee, 9. Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 10. Aaron Cruden, 11. Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 12. Bundee Aki, 13. Tim Nanai-Williams, 14. Patrick Osborne , 15. Gareth Anscombe
16. Rhys Marshall, 17. Ben Tameifuna, 18. Michael Fitzgerald, 19. Tanerau Latimer, 20. Augustine Pulu, 21. Charlie Ngatai, 22. Lelia Masaga