Sharks v Cheetahs Super Rugby Preview

South Africa’s first Super Rugby derby match is on the second day of the opening weekend and is between the Sharks and the Cheetahs.

Several pundits from outside South Africa picked the Sharks to win the South African Conference so their is much expectation from the Durban franchise.

There is much expectation about the Sharks Super Rugby campaign in 2015 as several pundits from outside South Africa (impartial

Last year in 2014 the Sharks and Cheetahs both won their home matches while in 2013 they both won their away matches when they played each other.

The Sharks have played the Cheetahs 13 times in Super Rugby and they have won 8 times and lost 5 times with an average score of Sharks 23 Cheetahs 19.

That gives the Sharks a record of winning 62% of their matches against the Cheetahs.

This weekend the match will be played in Durban which is home for the Sharks and where the teams have met 7 times and in those matches the Sharks have won four and lost three times.

That gives the Sharks a record of winning 57% of their matches at home against the Cheetahs with an average score of Sharks 23 Cheetahs 16.

In terms of team selections the Sharks have named a team filled with South African internationals including an all Springbok front row as well in the forwards there is a former England international in Mouritz Botha.

The Cheetahs have had to rebuild somewhat for this season as several of their stars have left – some to rivals such as the Bulls and others to European teams so they are not as strong as they were last year.

The Bookies have given the Cheetahs an 11 point start for this Match – with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. The Sharks will have home advantage as well as more internationals in this one so a Cheetahs victory looks highly unlikely. The Sharks should win this comfortably by 9 or more.

This Super Rugby match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 1/HD.

Average score: Sharks 23 Cheetahs 19

Last five results
05 Jul 2014 Sharks v Cheetahs 20-27 Bloemfontein
19 Apr 2014 Sharks v Cheetahs 19-8 Durban
20 Apr 2013 Sharks v Cheetahs 6-12 Durban
23 Feb 2013 Sharks v Cheetahs 29-22 Bloemfontein
14 Jul 2012 Sharks v Cheetahs 34-15 Durban

Sharks overall record against the Cheetahs
Played 13 , Wins 8 , Losses 5, Draws 0

Match No.5: Sharks v Cheetahs
Date : Saturday 14 February 2015
Venue : Growthpoint Kings Park, Durban
Kick Off local: 17:05 local, 02:05* AEDT, 04:05* NZDT
Referee: Andrew Lees
Assistant Ref 1:Rohan Hoffmann
Assistant Ref 2:Archie Sehlako
TMO : Marius Jonker

Teams

Sharks

15. SP Marais , 14. S’bura Sithole , 13. Waylon Murray , 12. Heimar Williams , 11. Lwazi Mvovo , 10. Patrick Lambie , 9. Cobus Reinach , 8. Tera Mtembu , 7. Renaldo Bothma , 6. Marcell Coetzee , 5. Pieter-Steph du Toit , 4. Mouritz Botha , 3. Jannie du Plessis , 2. Bismarck du Plessis (C) , 1. Tendai Mtawarira

Replacements : 16. Kyle Cooper , 17. Dale Chadwick , 18. Matt Stevens , 19. Marco Wentzel , 20. Jean Deysel , 21. Conrad Hoffmann , 22. Fred Zeilinga , 23. Odwa Ndungane

Cheetahs

15 Willie le Roux, 14 Clayton Blommetjies, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Michael van der Spuy, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Joe Petersen, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Jean Cook, 5 Francois Uys (c), 4 Lodewyk de Jager, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Danie Minnie

Replacements: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 BG Uys, 18 Maks van Dyk, 19 Carl Wegner, 20 Boom Prinsloo, 21 Tian Meyer, 22 Willie du Plessis, 23 Cornal Hendricks

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