The Stormers host the Sharks in Round 18 of Super Rugby in Cape Town on Saturday, a game which is effectively a straight shoot out for a place in the play offs.
Stormers v Sharks, Saturday 15th June, Cape Town, KO 15:05 (South African time)
Referee: AJ Jacobs
Assistant Refs: Cwengile Jadezweni, Divan Uys
TMO: Willie Vos
Weather Forecast – Cape Town
The Stormers beat the Sunwolves 31-18 in a home fixture last week to climb into the play off places and they now need to win this game in order to stay there. Although Jaguares have shot clear at the top of the SA Conference only 3 log points separates the 4 South African franchises and after this the Bulls clash with the Lions in what will be the final match of the regular season.
The Stormers have won 5, drawn 1 and lost 1 in Cape Town this season. Their biggest margin of victory at Newlands came against Jaguares (38-5) back in Round 5 and their only home defeat came against the Brumbies, 19-17 in Round 10.
As far as South African derby form is concerned the Stormers have won 3 and lost 2. The 2 earlier derby matches at Newlands were both tight with the Stormers scoring at the death to edge out the Lions 19-17 in Round 2 and in Round 11 they squeezed home against the Bulls 24-23.
It’s also win or bust for the Sharks who lost 34-7 to Jaguares in Buenos Aires last week, a third defeat in the last 4 matches. The Sharks are currently bottom of the SA Conference, 1 log point behind the Stormers so victory here would see them replace their opponents in the play off composition.
Away from home this season the Sharks have won 3, lost 3 and they also drew away to the Crusaders. The Sharks lost their first 3 derby matches of the current campaign at home to the Stormers (16-11) and home (19-16) and away (37-14) to the Bulls. They thrashed the Lions 42-5 in Johannesburg in Round 8 and more recently they beat the Lions in the return in Durban (27-17) in Round 15.
Overall in Super Rugby the Sharks and the Stormers have clashed 29 times and the Sharks have won 15 to the Stormers 14. In Cape Town the Stormers have won 8 and the Sharks have won 6.
Stormers: 15 Dillyn Leyds, 14 Seabelo Senatla, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Edwill van der Merwe, 10 Josh Stander, 9 Jano Vermaak1, 8 Jaco Coetzee, 7 Johan du Toit, 6 Ernst van Rhyn, 5 Chris van Zyl, 4 Cobus Wiese, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff (captain).
Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 David Meihuizen, 20 Chris Massyn, 21 Justin Phillips, 22 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 23 Dan Kriel.
Sharks: 15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 S'bu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Louis Schreuder (captain), 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Tyler Paul, 6 Jacques Vermeulen, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Kerron van Vuuren, 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Substitutes: 16 Cullen Collopy, 17 Mzamo Majola, 18 Thomas du Toit, 19 Gideon Koegelenberg, 20 Luke Stringer, 21 Cameron Wright, 22 Jeremy Ward, 23 Rhyno Smith
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Recent Head to Head (any venue)
2019 Durban Sharks 11–16 Stormers (Tries 1-1 )
2018 Cape Town Stormers 27–16 Sharks (Tries 3-1 )
2018 Durban Sharks 24–17 Stormers (Tries 3-2)
2017 Durban Sharks 22–10 Stormers (Tries 3-1)
2016 Cape Town Stormers 13–18 Sharks (Tries 1-2)
2015 Durban Sharks 34–12 Stormers (Tries 5-0 )
2015 Cape Town Stormers 29–13 Sharks (Tries 2-1 )
2014 Cape Town Stormers 10–34 Sharks (Tries 1-3 )
2014 Durban Sharks 19–21 Stormers (Tries 0-1 )
2013 Cape Town Stormers 22–15 Sharks (Tries 1-0 )
2013 Durban Sharks 12–6 Stormers (Tries 0-0 )
Stormers -1.5 points at 17/20 Sunbet
Sharks +3.5 points at 9/10 WSB, Hollywood
Note, odds quoted are available at the time of writing but are subject to change.
This is one of those games I have been wrestling with all week and the conclusion I have come to is that it is likely to be a very close and tightly fought game. I am going for either side to win by 7 points or less a bet offered by Sunbet which is a nice option when you are really battling to separate the teams.
Keep an eye on the Goodforthegame Forum for any points bets as I am looking for unders if I can find a quote close to the 50 mark come game day.
Bet: 3 units either team to win by 7 or less (incl draw) at 57/50 Sunbet
(Unit Scale 1 to 10)
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