Rebels can put up an early fight
Highlanders look likely to eventually prevail
Highlanders v Rebels
Sky Sports 2, 7.35am Friday
The Highlanders have shipped 14 tries in three heavy defeats to New Zealand rivals, while they have conceded just one in their two low-scoring wins over the Blues and Brumbies.
This looks an easier assignment and a chance to build on last week’s 18-13 success in Canberra against a Rebels side who showed some fight against the Chiefs and Waratahs in their last two outings.
The Highlanders are asked to give up a 23-point handicap but they have scored more than 20 points in one of their five outings.
A better bet may be that the hosts clear an 11-point second-half line after a tight opening.
Highlanders -11 on second-half handicap
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