The history: Brumbies vs Highlanders

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by Matt Lewis

The Brumbies are host the Highlanders tomorrow night for a spot in the Super Rugby semi-finals, but who has had the edge in their recent matches?

Round 10, 2016

The Highlanders held onto a 23-10 in invercargill off the back of an impressive display from flyhalf Lima Sopoanga who scored 18 of his sides points. The Highlanders managed to nullify the impact of the Brumbies rolling maul with Sam Carter being penalised three times in the opening half off the back of lineouts.

The Highlanders were too strong for the Brumbies in their only encounter this season. Photo: Getty Images

Round 11, 2015

A David Pocock hat-trick masterclass helped break a Brumbies two game losing streak in Canberra as the defeated the Highlanders 31-18. Pocock had scored hat-trick inside 35 minutes off the back of rolling mauls to set up a 25-point lead at the break. The Highlanders scored 12 unanswered points in the second half, but it was little too late.

David Pocock crossed for a first half hat-trick. Photo: Getty Images

Round 9, 2013

The Brumbies secured their spot on top of the Australian conference with a 30-19 victory over the Higlhanders at Forsyth Barr Stadium. The Brumbies jumped out to an early lead inside the opening three minutes after Henry Speight found space out wide. George Smith and Joe Tomane followed suit for the Brumbies, while Christian Lealiifano kicked at 100% with the boot. Highlanders halfback Aaron Smith scored a consolation try in the dying minutes.

George Smith scored one of the Brumbies three tries. Photo: Getty Images

Round 5, 2012

A young Brumbies side knocked off the undefeated Highlanders 33-26 to jump to the top of the Australian conference. Joe Tomane took an intercept and ran 80 metres to score the first Super Rugby try of his career. Michael Hooper scored the match winning try in the 62nd minute when he dragged two Highlanders over the line.

Michael Hooper scored the match winning try for the Brumbies. Photo: Getty Images

Round 10, 2011

The Brumbies chances of a place in the Super Rugby finals were dashed after going down to the Highlanders 26-20. It was the Brumbies fifth loss in a row, and while the scoreline makes it seems like a tight match, the Brumbies were rarely in it. Highlanders back Jason Rutledge scored back-to-back tries in the opening half to set up the Highlanders victory.

The Highlanders held on to win by six points in 2011. Photo: Getty Images