After winning their first match of the Super Rugby season the Sharks head off on tour and their first stop is Canberra for a Round 5 clash with the Brumbies.
Brumbies v Sharks, Saturday 17th March, Canberra, KO 10:45 (South African time)
Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: William Houston (Australia), James Leckie (Australia)
TMO: Ian Smith (Australia)
Weather Forecast – Canberra
Pre-tournament the Brumbies were favourites to top the Australian Conference but after starting their campaign with a come from behind 32-25 win at the Sunwolves in Tokyo, their next 2 matches have ended in defeat. In Round 3 the Brumbies scored the only 2 tries of a derby encounter with the Reds in Brisbane but they still finished on the losing side, going down 18-10. Last weekend they started their match against the Rebels in Melbourne well but faded as the game went on and the final score was 33-10.
The Brumbies have been worth opposing on the handicap in all 3 of their matches so far and they are already 11 points behind the Rebels who top the Australian log. In 2017 against South African opposition they lost to the Sharks (27-22) and the Lions (13-6) in Canberra but they did beat the Kings (19/10) in Port Elizabeth.
The Sharks were 50-22 winners at home to the Sunwolves last weekend, their first win of the tournament at the third attempt and they covered a minus handicap in the process. They have faced Australian opposition once this season, a home fixture against the Waratahs which finished in a 24-24 draw with both teams scoring 3 tries. The manner in which the Sharks conceded in that game was a real comedy of expensive errors for those who were on the minus 5.5 handicap.
The Sharks lost their opening match of the tournament 26-19 at the Lions and they are now second in the South African Conference with 8 points, 7 shy of the Lions who have played a game more. After this the Sharks will visit the Rebels before crossing to New Zealand to take on the Blues and the Hurricanes.
Since 2011 the Sharks have played 13 matches in Australia winning 8 and losing 5.
Brumbies: 15 Andrew Muirhead, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Christian Lealiifano (captain), 11 Lausii Taliauli, 10 Wharenui Hawera, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 Tom Cusack, 6 Lachlan McCaffrey, 5 Blake Enever, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Folau Faingaa, 1 Scott Sio
Substitutes: 16 Connal McInerney, 17 Nic Mayhew, 18 Leslie Leuluaialii-Makin, 19 Richie Arnold, 20 Lolo Fakaosilea, 21 Matt Lucas, 22 James Dargaville, 23 Tom Banks
Sharks: 15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Tera Mtembu, 7 Jacques Vermeulen, 6 Wian Vosloo, 5 Stephan Lewis, 4 Ruan Botha (captain), 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Akker van der Merwe, 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Substitites: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 Tyler Paul, 20 Jean-Luc du Preez, 21 Cameron Wright, 22 Marius Louw, 23 Lwazi Mvovo
Recent Head to Head (any venue)
2017 Canberra Brumbies 22-27 Sharks (Tries 3-2)
2014 Canberra Brumbies 16-9 Sharks (Tries 1-0)
2013 Durban Sharks 10–29 Brumbies (Tries 1-4)
2012 Canberra Brumbies 26-29 Sharks (Tries 2-4)
2011 Durban Sharks 34–16 Brumbies (Tries 4-1)
2010 Canberra Brumbies 24-22 Sharks (Tries 2-1)
Brumbies 12/10 BetXchange, Hollywood
Draw 22/1 WSB
Sharks 9/10 WSB
Note, odds quoted are correct at the time of last update but are subject to change.
Another game where there is very little in it as far as the match result betting is concerned but slight preference is for the Sharks to come through with a victory. The Sharks record in Australia is pretty decent and whilst they have yet to prove they are a stronger side than last year, the Brumbies have looked inferior to 2017.
Bet. 3 units Sharks win, 9/10 WSB
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