Winning at home for the first time in 2021, the Highlanders completed a fine quinella in Sky Super Rugby Aotearoa by claiming the Blues' scalp 35-29 to go alongside that of the Crusaders they took two weeks earlier.
All Blacks utility back Damian McKenzie's selection at first five-eighths for the Chiefs' Sky Super Rugby Aotearoa game with the Crusaders in Hamilton on Saturday has added to the intrigue around the clash.
This is it for Tony Brown’s Highlanders. Win and their slim chances of making the Sky Super Rugby Aotearoa final is still alive. Lose and their final hopes are all but over. It’s equally as important for the visiting Blues who have the in-form Chiefs hot on their heels. While recent history doesn’t favour the Highlanders, with everything to play for, expect a cracking match under the roof in Dunedin.