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150sharksAfter a heavy defeat at home last week the Sharks bid to bounce back when they host the Reds in Round 10 of Super Rugby in Durban on Friday afternoon.




Sharks v Reds, Friday 19th April, Durban, KO 15:05 (South African time)

Referee:  Federico Anselmi
Assistant Refs: Glen Jackson, Jaco Peyper
TMO: Marius Jonker

Weather Forecast – Durban



The South African Conference seems to get more unpredictable each week and that is backed up by the last 2 results in matches involving the Sharks. In Round 9 they thumped the Lions 45-5 in Johannesburg but last week they crashed to a 51-17 home defeat to Jagaures who ran in 7 tries to the Sharks 2.

The Sharks overall record now comprises of 4 wins and 4 defeats. They lost top spot in the SA Conference last week and finished the round in second spot, 2 points behind the Bulls, although all 5 teams in this division are covered by a span of just 5 points.

The Sharks record in Durban this season is a mixed bag. They have beaten the Blues (26-7) and the Rebels (28-14) here, covering minus handicaps in both matches but they were favourites for local derby matches against the Stormers and the Bulls and they lost both of those games by margins of 5 points and 3 points respectively.

Since 2010 the Sharks have lost just 1 of 17 at home to Australian opposition, a Brumbies victory here in 2013. They have won 14 of those matches but the 2 draws came recently, against the Waratahs in 2018 and the Rebels visit a year earlier.




This is the second and final leg of the Reds tour of South Africa. They took on the Bulls at Loftus last week and went down 32-17, scoring 2 tries and conceding 5 and the margin of defeat was pretty much in line with where the pre-match handicap had been set by most bookmakers.

The Reds had won 3 of their previous 4 matches before landing in SA including a 24-12 home win over the Stormers in Round 8. Defeat at Loftus saw the Reds slip to fourth place in the Australian Conference, 9 points shy of the Rebels who still lead the way.

In earlier matches away from home this season the Reds lost 36-31 at the Highlanders and 28-17 at the Waratahs before a late comeback saw them snatch a 34-31 win over the Sunwolves in Tokyo.

The Reds have won just 1 and lost 12 of their 13 most recent matches in South Africa with the lone success coming at the Cheetahs in 2015.


Team News

Sharks: 15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Kobus van Wyk, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Louis Schreuder (captain), 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jacques Vermeulen, 6 Philip van der Walt, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Kerron van Vuuren, 1 Beast Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Fez Mbatha, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Thomas du Toit, 19 Tyler Paul, 20 Jean-Luc du Preez, 21 Cameron Wright, 22 Marius Louw, 23 Aphelele Fassi


Reds: 15 Hamish Stewart, 14 Sefa Naivalu , 13 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 12 Samu Kerevi (captain), 11 Jack Hardy, 10 Bryce Hegarty, 9 Tate McDermott, 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 Liam Wright, 6 Angus Scott-Young, 5 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Alex Mafi, 1 Harry Hoopert 

Substitutes: 16 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 17 JP Smith, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Harry Hockings, 20 Adam Korczyk, 21 Moses Sorovi, 22 Duncan Paia’aua, 23 Jock Campbell





Recent Head to Head (any venue)

2017 Brisbane Reds 28–26 Sharks (Tries 4-2 )

2015 Brisbane Reds 14–21 Sharks (Tries 2-2 )

2014 Durban Sharks 35–20 Reds (Tries 2-2 )

2013 Brisbane Reds 32–17 Sharks (Tries 4-2 )

2012 Brisbane Reds 17–30 Sharks (Tries 2-3 ) (Play off)

2012 Durban Sharks 27–22 Reds (Tries 3-3 )


The Betting,




Note, odds quoted are available at the time of writing but are subject to change.

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Note, odds quoted are available at the time of writing but are subject to change.


Betting Angle

The erratic nature of the results in the South African Conference will have seen most of us scratching our heads and especially in the case of the Sharks. The Reds seemmore reliable (in terms of form lines) but pretty limited group in terms of ability but I think they will give a reasonable account of themselves.

It’s difficult to know what to expect from the home side which has me shying away from the handicap in favour of a small and speculative play on a Sharks win by 1-12 points as the current quote seems reasonable enough.


Bet: 1.5 units, Home win by 1-12 points at 19/10

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