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The Highlanders will be keen to narrow the gap on the Hurricanes in the New Zealand Conference when these sides meet in Dunedin on Friday.
The home side, who won the Super Rugby title in 2015, will be highly motivated as they have lost their last three matches against the Hurricanes, who won the competition in 2016.
An added incentive for the Highlanders is their outstanding home record which they will be determined to protect as they are unbeaten in Dunedin in 2018 and have won five matches so far in their own backyard – against the Blues, Stormers, Crusaders, Brumbies and Lions.
Each of the Highlanders’ last eight games at home against the Hurricanes have been decided by a margin of seven points or fewer, though the Dunedin side have picked up just three wins in that span (five losses).
The Highlanders have won nine of their last 11 New Zealand derbies when playing as hosts, including wins in their last three such fixtures. In fact, the men from Dunedin have won their last 11 games in succession at home – the last and only time they won more was a 13-game streak from 2000 to 2002.
By contrast, the Hurricanes will not lack any motivation themselves as they came off second best against the Crusaders in Christchurch last weekend.
That result was a blow to the men from Wellington, who were trailing the defending champions by just one point in the standings before that match.
But their defeat means that Chris Boyd’s troops are now five points behind the Crusaders on the table with a game in hand.