Out of the last five Super Rugby matches between the Durban based Sharks and the Cape Town based Stormers the Durban team have won three and the Cape side two matches.
Overall the Sharks have played the Stormers 20 times and the Sharks have won 10 matches and the Stormers have also won 10 matches.
The Sharks therefore have a record of winning 50% of their matches against the Stormers and the average score when the teams meet is : Sharks 20 Stormers 21.
This weekend the match will be played in Durban which is home for the Sharks and where the teams have met 10 times.
In those 10 matches played in Durban the Sharks have won six and lost four times. There have been no draws.
That gives the Sharks a record of winning 60% of their matches against the Stormers. In Durban when the teams play each other the average score is : Sharks 20 Stormers 19.
The Sharks have just returned home from their Australasian tour where they won three out of four matches. Those victories have kept them on top of the Super Rugby standings but the pressure is building from rivals.
The Sharks have played 13 matches so far in 2014 and they have won ten and lost three matches. At home they have played 7 matches, won six and lost one match.
That gives the Sharks a record of winning 86% of their matches at home in 2014.
The Stormers on the other hand have played 13 matches so far and they have won 5. Away from home the Stormers have played 7 matches and they have lost all 7.
The Stormers have been back in South Africa after their tour for over a month and they have won their last two matches at home.
The Sharks will have to watch their fatigue in this match as they have been through a tour tour and the Stormers would love nothing more than to upset the tournament leaders.
The Bookies have given the Stormers a 9 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $250.00 Bet. The Sharks have the best record of all teams in 2014 at home while the Stormers have yet to win on the road. The Sharks should win this by 6.
This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 4/HD on the Red Button.
Average score: Sharks 20 Stormers 21
Last five results
13 Apr 2013 Sharks v Stormers 15-22 Cape Town
02 Mar 2013 Sharks v Stormers 12-6 Durban
28 Jul 2012 (Semi) Sharks v Stormers 26-19 Cape Town
26 May 2012 Sharks v Stormers 25-20 Durban
03 Mar 2012 Sharks v Stormers 12-15 Cape Town
Sharks overall record against the Stormers
Played 20 , Wins 10 , Losses 10, Draws 0
Match No. 101: Sharks v Stormers
Date : Saturday 31 May
Venue : Kings Park
Kick Off local: 19:10
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 1: Stuart Berry
Assistant Ref 2: Stefan Breytenbach
TMO: Johan Greeff
15. SP Marais , 14. JP Pietersen , 13. S'bura Sithole , 12. Paul Jordaan , 11. Lwazi Mvovo , 10. Francois Steyn , 9. Cobus Reinach , 8. Willem Alberts , 7. Tera Mtembu , 6. Marcell Coetzee , 5. Stephan Lewies , 4. Etienne Oosthuizen , 3. Jannie du Plessis , 2. Bismarck du Plessis (C) , 1. Tendai Mtawarira
Replacements: 16. Kyle Cooper , 17. Dale Chadwick , 18. Lourens Adriaanse , 19. Ryan Kankowski , 20. Keegan Daniel , 21. Charl McLeod , 22. Tim Swiel , 23. Heimar Williams
15. Jaco Taute , 14. Cheslin Kolbe , 13. Juan de Jongh , 12. Damian de Allende , 11. Sailosi Tagicakibau , 10. Kurt Coleman , 9. Nic Groom , 8. Duane Vermeulen (c) , 7. Siya Kolisi , 6. Nizaam Carr , 5. Ruan Botha , 4. Michael Rhodes , 3. Pat Cilliers , 2. Deon Fourie , 1. Alistair Vermaak
Replacements: 16. Stephan Coetzee , 17. Sti Sithole (On Super Rugby debut for the Stormers) , 18. Martin Dreyer , 19. Jean Kleyn , 20. Manuel Carizza , 21. Dylon Frylinck , 22. Demetri Catrakilis , 23. Peter Grant