– Highlanders fourth in New Zealand Conference despite more points than South African leaders the Lions
– Sharks without a win since Round 3, with a draw and three defeats
– Patrick Osborne and Malakai Fekitoa sit tied second and third for the most offloads this season
The Sharks’ tour of New Zealand continues with a visit to face the champions in Dunedin. Fresh off a bye week, the Highlanders five-game winning run came to an end in their most recent outing when they were surprised by the Reds in Brisbane.
After falling in Auckland last week to the Blues, the Sharks find themselves as underdogs for this contest priced at 3.00 in comparison to the Highlanders 0.30. Their most recent loss to the Reds felt more like a blip rather than a sign of a downward curve, especially given their recent injuries, and the return of the likes of Ben Smith is only going to make the Highlanders a more appealing prospect.
Do the Sharks have enough in the thank to lead at half-time? Possibly, making the half-time/full-time offer of a Sharks/Highlanders outcome at 5.25 hold plenty of appeal. Once the Highlanders get that attacking game firing however, they’re incredibly tough to stop.