Stormers v Sharks Super Rugby Preview

Out of the last five Super Rugby matches between the Stormers and the Sharks the Durban based side the Sharks have won three and the Stormers two.

Overall the Stormers have played the Sharks 22 times and the Stormers have won 11 matches and so have the Sharks.

That means that both teams have both won 50% of their matches against each other regardless of the venue.

The average score when the Stormers play the Sharks is : Stormers 21 Sharks 20.

This weekend the Stormers will have home advantage as the match will be at Newlands in Cape Town where the teams have met 11 times since 1999.

In those 11 Super Rugby matches the Stormers have won 6 and the Sharks 5 matches. That gives the Stormers a record of winning 55% of their matches against the Sharks in Cape Town.

The average score when the Stormers play the Sharks in Cape Town is : Stormers 22 Sharks 21.

The Stormers have named Eben Etzebeth and Schalk Burger in their team for this match. Eben Etzebeth is returning from a chest injury while Burger has just returned from Japan.

Siya Kolisi comes in at No.7 for his first start of 2015 in place of the hard-working Mike Rhodes, who suffered a bang to the knee during last week’s dramatic 22-19 away win over the Lions, whilst Scarra Ntubeni starts at hooker in place of Bongi Mbonambi,

The Sharks have also brought a couple of their stars in for this match as JP Pietersen and Frans Steyn will make their first starts. In the front row Thomas du Toit rotated with Dale Chadwick who drops down to the replacements bench where Renaldo Bothma replaces Jean Deysel who is injured.

Ryan Kankowski will win his 100th Super Rugby cap which could help to motivate the Sharks a little.

The Stormers are unbeaten so far this year after three rounds and two of their victories have been away from home. The Sharks in comparison have also played three matches but they have only won one match. They have won away from home but that was against the Lions who are last in the Super Rugby standings.

In 2014 the Stormers had an “off” year but they still managed to win 75% of their matches. The previous year in 2013 they won 88% of their home matches which illustrates how few teams leave Cape Town as winners – just three teams in the last two years.

The Bookies have given the Sharks a 3 point start for this Match – with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. Home advantage is a big factor in Super Rugby and Newlands is one of the toughest places for visiting teams. The Stormers should edge this by 3.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 1/HD on the red button.

Average score: Stormers 21 Sharks 20

Last five results
12 Jul 2014 Stormers v Sharks 10-34 Cape Town
31 May 2014 Stormers v Sharks 21-19 Durban
13 Apr 2013 Stormers v Sharks 22-15 Cape Town
02 Mar 2013 Stormers v Sharks 6-12 Durban
28 Jul 2012 (Semi) Stormers v Sharks 19-26 Cape Town

Stormers overall record against the Sharks
Played 22 , Wins 11, Losses 11 , Draws 0

Match No.27: Stormers v Sharks
Date : Saturday 7 March 2015
Venue : Newlands, Cape Town
Kick Off local: 19:10 local, 04:10* AEDT, 06:10* NZDT
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 1:Quinton Immelman
Assistant Ref 2:Cwengile Jadezweni
TMO :Deon van Blommestein

Teams

Stormers

15. Cheslin Kolbe , 14. Johnny Kotze , 13. Juan de Jongh (vice-captain) , 12. Damian de Allende , 11. Dillyn Leyds , 10. Demetri Catrakilis , 9. Nic Groom , 8. Duane Vermeulen (captain) , 7. Siya Kolisi , 6. Nizaam Carr , 5. Manuel Carizza , 4. Eben Etzebeth , 3. Vincent Koch , 2. Scarra Ntubeni , 1. Steven Kitshoff

Replacements: 16. Neil Rautenbach (On Super Rugby debut for the Stormers) , 17. Alistair Vermaak , 18. Frans Malherbe , 19. Jean Kleyn , 20. Schalk Burger , 21. Louis Schreuder , 22. Kurt Coleman , 23. Huw Jones

Sharks

15. SP Marais , 14. Odwa Ndungane , 13. JP Pietersen , 12. Francois Steyn , 11. Lwazi Mvovo , 10. Patrick Lambie , 9. Cobus Reinach , 8. Ryan Kankowski , 7. Willem Alberts , 6. Marcell Coetzee , 5. Pieter-Steph du Toit , 4. Lubabalo Mtyanda , 3. Matt Stevens , 2. Bismarck du Plessis (C) , 1. Thomas du Toit

Replacements : 16. Kyle Cooper , 17. Dale Chadwick , 18. Lourens Adriaanse , 19. Marco Wentzel , 20. Renaldo Bothma , 21. Conrad Hoffmann , 22. Andre Esterhuizen , 23. Jack Wilson

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