The Sharks host Jaguares in Round 19 of Super Rugby in Druban on Saturday and by kick off time the home side will know whether or not a victory here will secure a play off spot.
Sharks v Jaguares, Saturday 14th July, Durban, KO 17:15 (South African time)
Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge
Assistant Referees: Egon Seconds, Archie Sehlako
TMO: Willie Vos
The Sharks were beaten 27-16 away to the Stormers last week but they are still in the mix for a play off position. They must first hope the Rebels lose to the Highlanders in Dunedin earlier in the day and if that proves to be the case then victory here will see them remain in the tournament.
The Sharks record comprises of 6 wins, 8 defeats and 1 draw and 5 of the victories came in Durban, most recently a 31-24 win over the Lions in Round 17.
The Sharks will need to turn form around with Jaguares after they lost 29-13 in Buenos Aires in Round 15.
Jaguares are 6 points better off than the Sharks in SA Conference and hence they will definitely be part of the play offs. They passed up an opportunity to overhaul the Lions for top spot in the SA Conference last week when they lost 43-34 at the Bulls, ending a sequence of 7 straight wins which had catapulted them up the standings. Should the Lions lose to the Bulls earlier in the day Jaguares will have a second chance to top the conference.
In the first 2 rounds of this tournament Jaguares lost away to the Stormers (28-20) and the Lions (47-27) and since joining this competition in 2016 they have lost 10 of 12 on South African soil with the 2 wins coming at the Kings and the Cheetahs.
Sharks: 15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jacques Vermeulen, 6 Philip van der Walt, 5 Ruan Botha (captain), 4 Tyler Paul, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Akker van der Merwe, 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Substitutes: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 Hyron Andrews, 20 Wian Vosloo, 21 Cameron Wright, 22 Marius Louw, 23 Makazole Mapimpi
Jaguares: 15 Ramiro Moyano, 14 Bautista Delguy, 13 Matias Moroni, 12 Bautista Ezcurra, 11 Sebastian Cancelliere, 10 Joaquín Díaz Bonilla, 9 Martin Landajo, 8 Juan Manuel Leguizamón, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Pablo Matera (captain), 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Matias Alemanno, 3 Santiago Medrano, 2 Julian Montoya, 1 Javier Diaz
Substitutes: 16 Agustin Creevy, 17 Santiago Garcia Botta, 18 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 19 Guido Petti, 20 Javier Ortega Desio, 21 Gonzalo Bertranou, 22 Nicolas Sanchez, 23 Emiliano Boffelli
Recent Head to Head (any venue)
2018 Buenos Aires Jaguares 29-13 Sharks (Tries 4-1)
2017 Buenos Aires Jaguares 25-33 Sharks (Tries 3-3)
2017 Durban Sharks 18-13 Jaguares (Tries 2-1)
2016 Buenos Aires Jaguares 22-25 Sharks (Tries 3-1)
2016 Durban Sharks 19-15 Jaguares (Tries 1-2)
Sharks -5.5 points 9/10
Jaguares +5.5 points 9/10
Note, odds quoted are an average of what was available at the time of last update but are subject to change.
At the time of writing the handicap was generally set at 5.5 points but it has been on the move this week. I still think the minus is the way to go although not quite with the same level of confidence as a number of our punting community.
Bet: 4 units Sharks -5.5 points 9/10
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