CCSharks21Cardiff host the Sharks in the United Rugby Championship on Saturday with the visitors looking to build on their first win of the tournament last week.




Cardiff v Sharks, Saturday 16th October, KO 20:35 (South African time)


Referee: Sam Grove-White (Scotland)

Assistant referees: Ben Whitehouse (Wales), Wayne Davies (Wales)

TMO: Andrew McMenemy (Scotland)


Weather Forecast - Cardiff




Cardiff face South African opposition for the second successive week. In Round 3 they hosted the Bulls, they started 4.5 point favourites, led 16-3 at half time and then a second half turnaround saw the Bulls dominate and Cardiff finished a beaten side, going down 29-19.


Cardiff had started with a 33-21 home win over Connacht, scoring 5 tries to 2 to secure a bonus point. In Round 2 Cardiff were edged out 18-14 by the Ospreys in a local derby in Swansea.


Cardiff have 1 win and 2 defeats and a total of 6 log points to show for their efforts so far.




The Sharks were part of a much better week for South African sides, picking up their first win and log points of the tournament in Round 3. Despite starting as double digit underdogs on the handicap they saw off the Ospreys 27-13 in Swansea with Boeta Chamberlain landing 3 drop goals in addition to tries from Jeremy Ward and Marnus Potgieter.


In Round 2 the Sharks were in Glasgow for a game against the Warriors on an artificial surface. That may have a been a factor as the damage was done early

with the Sharks 26-7 by half time and the fightback came too late with a final score of 35-24.


The Sharks tournament started away to Munster and they went down 42-17, conceding 6 tries and scoring 2. The Sharks were 20-3 down by half time and the pre-match betting handicap in those first 2 matches proved to be very accurate.



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Team News


Cardiff: 15 Matthew Morgan, 14 Aled Summerhill, 13 Owen Lane, 12 Willis Halaholo, 11 Josh Adams, 10 Rhys Priestland, 9 Tomos Williams, 8 Will Boyde, 7 Ellis Jenkins, 6 Josh Turnbull (captain), 5 Rory Thornton, 4 Seb Davies, 3 Dillon Lewis, 2 Kirby Myhill, 1 Rhys Carr.

Replacements: 16 Kristian Dacey, 17 Rhys Gill, 18 Dmitri Arhip, 19 Teddy Williams, 20 Shane Lewis-Hughes, 21 Lloyd Williams, 22 Ben Thomas, 23 Hallam Amos.


Sharks: 15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Marnus Potgieter, 13 Jeremy Ward, 12 Murray Koster, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Boeta Chamberlain, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Phepsi Buthelezi (captain), 7 Henco Venter, 6 Dylan Richardson, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Kerron van Vuuren, 1 Ntuthuko Mchunu.

Replacements: 16 Dan Jooste, 17 Khwezi Mona, 18 Wiehahn Herbst, 19 Reniel Hugo, 20 Gerbrandt Grobler, 21 James Venter, 22 Tian Meyer, 23 Werner Kok


The Betting,



Cardiff -3.5 points at 9/10

Sharks +3.5 points at 9/10


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


Betting Angle


The lads on last nights THE HANDICAP our rugby betting show both fancied Cardiff strongly (the -2.5 has gone sadly) and I am in agreement. The Sharks were great last week but they were under the pump for long periods and this Cardiff side has plenty of quality and won't find the Sharks as physically imposing upfront as they did the Bulls. 


More bets may follow in the forum when points lines are out but for now the home team to beat the handicap is my play


Bet: 6 units Cardiff -3.5 at 9/10 at WSB


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


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