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Strange goings on at Camp Waratah

As Super Rugby commences, the Wallabies-packed Waratahs side is looking at what went wrong.

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Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, Friday 5.35pm (AEST)
Last meeting:
Round 1 2012 - Highlanders 23 bt Chiefs 19 at Waikato Stadium
Head-to-head: Played 18 Highlanders 7 Chiefs 11
In Dunedin: Played 4 Highlanders 3 Chiefs 1
Referee: Garratt Williamson (NZL)
TV:
Live, FoxSports 3
TAB Sportsbet:
Highlanders $2.30 Chiefs $1.60

Greg Growden writes: The Highlanders must be going all right, if they’re able to pick hooker Andrew Hore on the bench, alongside English international James Haskell. Their wily coach Jamie Joseph wants to bolster the pack and that could lead to trouble for the Chiefs.

AAP writes: The Highlanders are the only Kiwi team to have lowered the front-running Chiefs’ colours this season way back in round one. They also have home advantage for this encounter and are the far more desperate team as they’re locked in a four-way battle for sixth spot. But the Chiefs have the firepower, especially with backline stars Aaron Cruden and Sonny Bill Williams showing their brilliance in the All Blacks’ 60-0 drubbing of Ireland last week. Their back-row depth is highlighted by rising Test flanker Sam Cane being left on the bench. The Highlanders have also surprised by demoting veteran rake Andrew Hore in what should be a torrid battle up front.

HIGHLANDERS: Ben Smith, Kade Poki, Tamati Ellison, Phil Burleigh, Hosea Gear, Chris Noakes, Aaron Smith, Nasi Manu, Tim Boys, Adam Thomson, Nick Crosswell, Jarrad Hoeata, Ma'afu Fia, Jason Rutledge, Jamie Mackintosh (c). Reserves: Andrew Hore, Chris King, Josh Bekhuis, James Haskell, Jimmy Cowan, Mike Delany, Buxton Popoali'i.

CHIEFS: Robbie Robinson, Tim Nanai-Williams, Jackson Willison, Sonny Bill Williams, Asaeli Tikoirotuma, Aaron Cruden, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Kane Thompson, Tanerau Latimer, Liam Messam, Brodie Retallick, Craig Clarke (c), Ben Tameifuna, Mahonri Schwalger, Toby Smith. Reserves: Hika Elliot, Sona Taumalolo, Michael Fitzgerald, Sam Cane, Brendon Leonard, Andrew Horrell, Lelia Masaga.

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 02:  Berrick Barnes of the Waratahs looks dejected after losing the round 15 Super Rugby match between the Waratahs and the Hurricanes at Allianz Stadium on June 2, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images) Strange goings on at Camp Waratah

As Super Rugby commences, the Wallabies-packed Waratahs side is looking at what went wrong.

Expert tips

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

Melbourne Rebels v Queensland Reds

AAMI Park, Melbourne, Friday 7.40pm (AEST)

Crusaders v Hurricanes

AMI Stadium, Christchurch, Saturday 5.35pm (AEST)

Western Force v Brumbies

nib Stadium, Perth, Saturday 7.40pm (AEST)

Stormers v Lions

Newlands, Cape Town, Sunday 1.05am (AEST)

Bulls v Cheetahs

Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria, Sunday 3.10am (AEST)

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