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The Breakdown: It's all up in the air

With rule changes and local derby standings boiling away, Wellington readies for a mammoth Brumbies v Hurricanes match-up.

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Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, Saturday 3.30pm (AEST)
Last meeting:
Round 3, March 5, 2011 - Highlanders 35 bt Bulls 28 at Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Head-to-head:
Played 16 - Highlanders 10, Bulls 5, Drawn 1
In Dunedin:
Played 4, Highlanders 3, Bulls 1
Referee:
Ian Smith (AUS)
TV:
Live, FoxSports 3
TAB Sportsbet:
Highlanders $1.87 Bulls $1.87

Greg Growden writes: The Highlanders have suddenly been hit with the rugby yips, losing their past two matches, which has seen them drop out of the top six. It gets no easier with the Bulls, who may have been lucky against the Waratahs, but do know how to finish off games.

AAP writes: After taking the scalps of the Rebels and NSW, can the Bulls make it three from three? The Highlanders were overrun by the Hurricanes and need a win to keep in touch with the NZ top two. Hit by injuries, they looked a little travel weary and will need to cut their error count, particularly with Test super boot Morne Steyne ready to take aim. It's the Bulls playmaker's 100th Super Rugby match. Flanker Dewald Potgieter and experienced midfielder Wynand Olivier and prop Dean Greyling are back in the starting side.

HIGHLANDERS: TBA

BULLS: Zane Kirchner, Akona Ndungane, Johann Sadie, Wynand Olivier, Bjorn Basson, Morne Steyn, Francois Hougaard, Pierre Spies (c), CJ Stander, Dewald Potgieter, Juandre Kruger, Flip van der Merwe, Werner Kruger, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Dean Greyling.

Reserves: Willie Wepener, Rayno Gerber, Wilhelm Steenkamp, Arno Botha, Jano Vermaak, Louis Fouche, JJ Engelbrecht.

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With rule changes and local derby standings boiling away, Wellington readies for a mammoth Brumbies v Hurricanes match-up.

Expert tips

Fairfax's panel of experts's tips for round 18.

Crusaders v Blues

Christchurch Stadium, Saturday 5.35pm (AEST)

Reds v Lions

Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Saturday 7.40pm (AEST)

Cheetahs v Sharks

Free State Rugby Stadium, Bloemfontein, Sunday 1.05am (AEST)

Stormers v Waratahs

Newlands Stadium, Cape Town, Sunday 3.10am (AEST)

Western Force v Rebels

nib Stadium, Perth, Sunday 4.35pm (AEST)

Hurricanes v Brumbies

Westpac Stadium, Wellington, Friday 5.35pm (AEST)

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