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Article Published: Friday 14 March 2014|

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Along with the Waratahs the Sharks have scored the most tries in Super Rugby so far this season and they will be up against the team with the highest tackle success rate.

The Sharks have played three matches and the Waratahs have played two matches and both teams have scored 10 tries so far.

Against the Sharks their three opponents to date have missed an average of 17% of their tackles per match which is a competition-high.

However, the Reds, with a tackling success rate of 91%, the highest in the competition at this stage, will give the Sharks attack a stiff test.

The Sharks have played the Reds 16 times since 1998 and the Sharks have won 7 times and lost nine times.

That gives the Sharks a record of winning 44% of their matches against the Reds.

The score when the Sharks play the Reds across all venues is : Sharks 24 Reds 24.

The match this weekend will be played in Durban which is home for the Sharks and the place that the teams have met on 8 occasions.

In those eight matches that have been played in Durban the Sharks have won 5 times and lost three times. This gives the Sharks a record of winning 63% of their matches at home against the Reds.

The score on average when the Sharks play the Reds in Durban is : Sharks 24 Reds 21.

The Sharks have a dream squad, a dream draw and a coach that is looked upon as a South African legend and everything has been going perfectly to plan until this week.

Injuries have started creeping in which will begin to test the Sharks depth. Paul Jordaan has been one of their best backs and Pieter-Steph du Toit has been one of their best forwards and both players have been ruled out this week.

On the positive side the Sharks have been boosted by the return of JP Pietersen who only joined them earlier this week and is in the starting line up. Time will tell if he should have been given some rest after playing a season in Japan.

Last week the Sharks lost Patrick Lambie but Frans Steyn stood in and covered the number 10 duties. This week Lambie is back and Steyn shifts back down the line to 12.

S'bura Sithole comes in for Jordaan and Sithole’s place on the bench has been taken by Jaco van Tonder while Tera Mtembu comes in for Jean Deysel.

Pieter-Steph du Toit has been replaced by Stephan Lewies in the forwards.

The Reds comfortably beat the Cheetahs last week in Brisbane and have made three changes for this weekend. Winger Lachie Turner returns to the starting team replacing Dom Shipperley who drops to the bench.

Front rowers James Slipper and Saia Fainga'a have been brought back into the starting side, after filling replacement roles against the Cheetahs.

Slipper replaces Ben Daley at loosehead prop, while Fainga'a comes in for James Hanson.

The Reds have played three matches so far and have won two and lost one. Their loss to the Waratahs was a fairly heavy loss as they were almost completely outplayed and Will Genia doesn't look like his has hit form this season.

The Reds have had a couple of big wins but they don't look to be the full package yet and they are up against one of the real form teams who will be playing at home.

The Bookies have given the Reds a 10 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. We expect the Reds to put in a good showing but the Sharks wear them down and win this in the final quarter. The Sharks should win by 7.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 2/HD.

Average score: Sharks 24 Reds 24

Last five results
10 May 2013 Sharks v Reds 17-32 Brisbane
21 Jul 2012 (Elim) Sharks v Reds 30-17 Brisbane
17 Mar 2012 Sharks v Reds 27-22 Durban
03 Apr 2010 Sharks v Reds 30-28 Durban
14 Mar 2009 Sharks v Reds 13-25 Brisbane

Sharks overall record against the Reds
Played 16 ,Wins 7,Losses 9 ,Draws 0

Match No.29 :Sharks v Reds
Date : Saturday 15 March
Venue : Kings Park
Kick Off local: 17:05
Referee: Lourens van der Merwe
Assistant Ref 1:Jaco van Heerden
Assistant Ref 2:Stefan Breytenbach
TMO : Shaun Veldsman

Teams

Sharks

15. SP Marais , 14. JP Pietersen , 13. S'bura Sithole , 12. Frans Steyn , 11. Lwazi Mvovo , 10. Patrick Lambie , 9. Cobus Reinach , 8. Ryan Kankowski , 7. Willem Alberts , 6. Marcell Coetzee , 5. Stephan Lewies, 4. Anton Bresler , 3. Jannie du Plessis , 2. Bismarck du Plessis (C) , 1. Tendai Mtawarira

Replacements : 16. Kyle Cooper , 17. Dale Chadwick , 18. Lourens Adriaanse , 19. AN Other, 20. Tera Mtembu , 21. Charl McLeod , 22. Heimar Williams , 23. Jaco van Tonder

Reds

1. James Slipper,2. Saia Fainga'a,3. Greg Holmes,4. Rob Simmons,5. James Horwill (C),6. Eddie Quirk,7. Liam Gill,8. Jake Schatz,9. Will Genia (VC),10. Quade Cooper,11. Lachie Turner,12. Mike Harris ,13. Chris Feauai-Sautia,14. Rod Davies,15. Aidan Toua,

16. James Hanson,17. Ben Daley,18. Jono Owen,19. Ed O'Donoghue,20. Beau Robinson,21. Nick Frisby,22. Ben Tapuai,23. Dom Shipperley

 
 
 
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