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Sharks vs Brumbies Super Rugby Preview

Odwa Ndungane races clear of the Brumbies in last year's match

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Article Published: Thursday 14 March 2013

The Sharks and the Brumbies have both played three Super Rugby matches so far this season and they are both unbeaten which makes this our match of the week.

A big difference in the teams recent form is the number of tries scored. The Brumbies are third on the list of leading try scorers having scored 10 tries.

The Sharks on the other hand are in joint last place having scored two tries. Luckily for the Sharks in their last two matches against the Brumbies they have scored four tries.

The Sharks have played the Brumbies 16 times since 1998 and they have won half of those matches so they both have a 50% record.

On average when the Sharks host the Brumbies the score is Sharks 23 Brumbies 25.

This match will be played in Durban where the teams have played each other 7 times and the Sharks have won all but one match.

In Durban when the teams meet this week the average score is Sharks 25 Brumbies 18.

In terms of selection the Sharks have made two changes to their backline and Keegan Daniel returns to the starting line up in the forwards.

Brumbies coach Jake White has made five changes to his team and the big name in the team is George Smith starting.

The concern in White's selections is in the front row as Scott Sio will make his first start and he will be opposite Springbok Jannie du Plessis.

The rest of the team changes shouldn't make too much difference as there is an element of impact from the bench such as Clyde Rathbone.

In defensive terms the Sharks are third in the standings for most tackles completed while the Brumbies are 11th. This shouldn't worry the Brumbies too much though as the Sharks focus appears to have been more about defence this season.

It's been a while since we had such a difficult match to predict the result for. The Sharks inability to score tries is a concern while the Brumbies don't have a good record against the Sharks in Durban.

The Bookies have given the Brumbies a 6 point start for this match - with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. We are going to go out on a limb with this one and nervously back the Brumbies to win it by 1 point.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 4 HD.

Average score: Sharks 23 Brumbies 25

Last five results
31 Mar 2012 Sharks v Brumbies 29-26 Canberra
07 May 2011 Sharks v Brumbies 34-16 Durban
13 Mar 2010 Sharks v Brumbies 22-24 Canberra
28 Mar 2009 Sharks v Brumbies 35-14 Durban
19 Apr 2008 Sharks v Brumbies 21-27 Canberra

Sharks overall record against the Brumbies
Played 16 , Wins 8 , Losses 8 , Draws 0

Match No 28.: Sharks vs Brumbies
Date : Sat. 16 March
Venue : Kings Park
Kick Off local: 17.05
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)
Assistant Ref 1:Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Assistant Ref 2:Reuben Rossouw (South Africa)
TMO : Gerrie Coetzee(South Africa)



15. Louis Ludik , 14. Odwa Ndungane , 13. Paul Jordaan , 12. Francois Steyn , 11. JP Pietersen , 10. Patrick Lambie , 9. Charl McLeod , 8. Ryan Kankowski , 7. Keegan Daniel (C) , 6. Marcell Coetzee , 5. Franco van der Merwe , 4. Anton Bresler , 3. Jannie du Plessis , 2. Craig Burden , 1. Tendai Mtawarira

Replacements , 16. Kyle Cooper , 17. Wiehahn Herbst , 18. Pieter-Steph du Toit , 19. Jacques Botes , 20. Cobus Reinach , 21. Meyer Bosman , 22. Lwazi Mvovo


1. Scott Sio , 2. Stephen Moore , 3. Ben Alexander , 4. Peter Kimlin , 5. Sam Carter , 6. Ben Mowen (c) , 7. George Smith , 8. Fotu Auelua , 9. Nic White , 10. Matt Toomua , 11. Joe Tomane , 12. Christian Lealiifano , 13. Tevita Kuridrani , 14. Henry Speight , 15. Jesse Mogg

Replacements : 16. Siliva Siliva , 17. Ruaidhri Murphy , 18. Scott Fardy , 19. Colby Faingaa , 20. Ian Prior , 21. Robbie Coleman , 22. Clyde Rathbone

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