Ever since the Vodacom Stormers hosted the Highlanders in a Super Rugby semifinal in Cape Town in 1999, meetings between the two have never failed to capture the imagination.
The 2008 Vodacom Super 14 encounter between the two takes place at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday at 17h05 with the Stormers clear favourites despite not having a favourable Super Rugby record against the New Zealanders.
In eleven previous meetings, the Stormers have won just twice; the Highlanders eight times and one match being drawn.
The two teams are having contrasting Super 14 seasons in 2008, the hosts last week moving into the top four and pushing for a semifinal place and the visitors struggling with just one win in nine starts.
The Stormers have been in good form after a successful overseas tour with resilient defence a hallmark of their game. They have also found their try-scoring touch and look set to continue their good run.
Flyhalf Tony Brown will come up against his former franchise having played in six previous Super Rugby encounters for the Highlanders against the Stormers.
Previous Super Rugby meetings:
Stormers have won 2; Highlanders have won 8, Drawn: 1
2007 Stormers 24 Highlanders 35 in Dunedin
2006 Stormers 15 Highlanders 30 in Cape Town
2005 Stormers 16 Highlanders 16 in Dunedin
2004 Stormers 46 Highlanders 25 in Cape Town
2003 Stormers 17 Highlanders 41 in Dunedin
2002 Stormers 20 Highlanders 21 in Cape Town
2001 Stormers 23 Highlanders 24 in Dunedin
2000 Stormers 27 Highlanders 13 in Cape Town
1999 Stormers 22 Highlanders 33 in Cape Town (Semifinal)
Stormers 14 Highlanders 46 in Dunedin
1998 Stormers 15 Highlanders 36 in Cape Town