JavaScript disabled. Please enable JavaScript to use My News, My Clippings, My Comments and user settings.

If you have trouble accessing our login form below, you can go to our login page.

If you have trouble accessing our login form below, you can go to our login page.

Reds v Highlanders

Video settings

Please Log in to update your video settings

Video will begin in 5 seconds.

Video settings

Please Log in to update your video settings

The Breakdown: fantastic week of rugby

The Waratahs have made some odd player selections this week, but they still look set to beat the Brumbies.

PT0M0S 620 349

Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Friday 7.40pm (AEST)
Last meeting:
Round 14 2010 - Reds 38 bt Highlanders 36 at Suncorp Stadium
Head-to-head: Played 15 Reds 6 Highlanders 9
In Brisbane: Played 7 Reds 5 Highlanders 2
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (RSA)
TV:
Live, FoxSports 2
TAB Sportsbet:
Reds $1.28 Highlanders $3.50

Greg Growden writes: A tricky game for the Reds, and they will be relying on home ground advantage to stay abreast of the Highlanders, who while erratic know how to occasionally get it together to beat the best. A Reds season definer.

AAP writes: The Reds showed glimpses of the attack that fired them towards last year’s title in their 32-17 win over the Rebels but this will be a much tougher test. The Highlanders are all but out of finals contention following their tight loss to the Chiefs. But they’re desperate to end their season with a bang as they have a final-round bye. All Blacks hooker Andrew Hore is back starting while Mike Delaney takes over at No.10 and form centre Tamati Ellison is sidelined. Queensland have suffered a double blow with flanker Liam Gill (hamstring) and winger Digby Ioane (pneumonia) ruled out but are hard to beat at home.

REDS: Luke Morahan, Dom Shipperley, Anthony Faingaa, Mike Harris, Chris F'Sautia, Quade Cooper, Will Genia (capt); Scott Higginbotham, Beau Robinson, Jake Schatz, Adam Wallace-Harrison, Rob Simmons, James Slipper, Saia Faingaa, Greg Holmes. Reserves: James Hanson, Ben Daley, Radike Samo, Jarrad Butler, Ben Lucas, Ben Tapuai, Nick Frisby.

HIGHLANDERS: Ben Smith, Kade Poki, Siale Piutau, Phil Burleigh, Hosea Gear, Mike Delany, Jimmy Cowan, Nasi Manu, James Haskell, Adam Thomson, Nick Crosswell, Jock Bekhuis, Ma'afu Fia, Andrew Hore, Jamie Mackintosh (capt). Reserves: Jason Rutledge, Chris King, Jarrad Hoeata, Tim Boys, Aaron Smith, Chris Noakes, Kenny Lynn.

Related Coverage

The Breakdown: Fantastic week of rugby (Thumbnail) The Breakdown: fantastic week of rugby

The Waratahs have made some odd player selections this week, but they still look set to beat the Brumbies.

Expert tips

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

Chiefs v Crusaders

Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, Friday 5.35pm (AEST)

Blues v Force

Eden Park, Auckland, Saturday 5.35pm (AEST)

Lions v Rebels

Coca-Cola Park, Johannesburg, Sunday 1.05am (AEST)

Waratahs v Brumbies

ANZ Stadium, Sydney 7.40pm (AEST)

Sharks v Bulls

Mr Price Kings Park Stadium, Durban, Sunday 3.10am (AEST)

Cheetahs v Stormers

Free State Rugby Stadium, Bloemfontein, Saturday 11pm (AEST)

Related Coverage

Rugby Internationals 2014

Round 1
Sat, 07 JunTimes shown AEST
SAM 18 vs TGA 18 Report Stats
FJI 25 vs ITA 14 Report Stats
NZL 20 vs ENG 15 Report Stats
AUS 50 vs FRA 23 Report Stats
Sun, 08 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 47 vs WXV 13 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 29 Report Stats
USA 6 vs SCO 24 Report Stats
CAN 25 vs JPN 34 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 2
Sat, 14 JunTimes shown AEST
SAM 15 vs ITA Report Stats
FJI 45 vs TGA 17 Report Stats
NZL 28 vs ENG 27 Report Stats
AUS 6 vs FRA Report Stats
Sun, 15 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 38 vs WAL 16 Report Stats
CAN 17 vs SCO 19 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 23 Report Stats
USA 29 vs JPN 37 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 3
Sat, 21 JunTimes shown AEST
ARG 19 vs SCO 21 Report Stats
FJI 13 vs SAM 18 Report Stats
JPN 26 vs ITA 23 Report Stats
AUS 39 vs FRA 13 Stats
NZL 36 vs ENG 13 Report Stats
Sun, 22 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 31 vs WAL 30 Report Stats
USA 38 vs CAN 35 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 4
Sun, 29 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 55 vs SCO 6 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 5
Sun, 02 NovTimes shown AEDT
BAR 36 vs AUS 40 Report Stats
USA 6 vs NZL 74 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 6
Sun, 09 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA 24 vs SAM 13 Report Stats
ENG 21 vs NZL 24 Report Stats
WAL 28 vs AUS 33 Report Stats
FRA 40 vs FJI 14 Report Stats
IRE 29 vs RSA 15 Report Stats
SCO 41 vs ARG 31 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 7
Sun, 16 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA 18 vs ARG 20 Report Stats
ENG 28 vs RSA 31 Report Stats
WAL 17 vs FJI 13 Report Stats
SCO 16 vs NZL 24 Report Stats
FRA 29 vs AUS 26 Report Stats
Mon, 17 NovTimes shown AEDT
IRE 49 vs GEO 7 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 8
Sun, 23 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA 6 vs RSA 22 Report Stats
SCO 37 vs TGA 12 Report Stats
IRE 26 vs AUS 23 Report Stats
WAL 16 vs NZL 34 Report Stats
ENG 28 vs SAM 9 Report Stats
FRA 13 vs ARG 18 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 9
Sun, 30 NovTimes shown AEDT
ENG 26 vs AUS 17 Report Stats
WAL 12 vs RSA 6 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
 
Featured advertisers