The Sharks and the Highlanders have already played each other in Super Rugby this year and the Highlanders won the first match by 16 points
The Highlanders 18-34 victory over the Sharks was the Durban side's first loss at home in 2014 and one of only two home losses for the Sharks this year.
Overall the Sharks have played the Highlanders 16 times in Super Rugby since 1998 and the Sharks have won 9 matches and lost 7 matches.
That gives the Sharks a record of winning 56% of their matches against the Highlanders across all venues.
The average score when the Sharks play the Highlanders in Super Rugby is : Sharks 23 Highlanders 25.
As they did in the eleventh round the Sharks will have home advantage as the match will be played in Durban. The teams have met 8 times in Durban and the Sharks have won 5 matches and lost three.
That gives the Sharks a record of winning 63% of their matches against the Highlanders in Durban.
Interestingly as the Highlanders have had some big wins in Durban the average score when the teams meet there is : Sharks 23 Highlanders 23.
The Sharks have played 16 matches this year and won 11 or 69% of their matches. At home in Durban the Sharks played eight matches and won 6 and lost 2 giving them a record of winning 75% of their home matches.
The Highlanders have also played 16 matches and won eight matches (50%). Away from home the Highlanders played 8 matches and won 2 or 25% of their away matches.
For much of the season the Sharks were the team to beat but wobbles either side of the June International break cost them a home Semifinal. They had perfect preparation for knockout rugby last week against the Stormers and showed a ruthless edge.
The Highlanders have been boosted by the return of Ben Smith and Lima Sopoaga. They will need all of their players to be firing and keep the Sharks guessing in much the same way they did earlier this year in Round 11.
The Sharks have also had a boost as Patrick Lambie is back in the team - albeit on the bench - and Springbok winger JP Pietersen has come through after suffering a knock last week. Pacy number 9 Cobus Reinach is also back for the home side and has been enjoying some great form lately.
The Bookies have given the Highlanders a 14 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $250.00 Bet. The Highlanders have been through a tough couple of weeks with matches against the Crusaders and Waratahs and they are in for another tough test this week. The Sharks at home should be too much for the Highlanders who don't have a great away record this year. The Sharks should win by 9.
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 23 Highlanders 25
Last five results
25 Apr 2014 Sharks v Highlanders 18-34 Durban
04 May 2013 Sharks v Highlanders 22-25 Dunedin
05 May 2012 Sharks v Highlanders 28-16 Durban
20 Mar 2010 Sharks v Highlanders 30-16 Dunedin
02 May 2009 Sharks v Highlanders 23-15 Durban
Sharks overall record against the Highlanders
Played 16 , Wins 9, Losses 7 , Draws 0
Super Rugby Qualifier B
Date : Saturday 19 July 2014
Match : Sharks v Highlanders
Venue : Kings Park, Durban, South Africa
Kick-off : (17:05 local, 03:05* NZT, 01:05* AEST, 15:05 GMT)
Referee: Steve Walsh
AR1: Jaco Peyper
AR2: Cobus Wessels
TMO: Shaun Veldsman
15. SP Marais , 14. S'bura Sithole , 13. JP Pietersen , 12. Paul Jordaan , 11. Lwazi Mvovo , 10. Frans Steyn , 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. Thomas du Toit
Replacements , 16. Kyle Cooper , 17. Dale Chadwick , 18. Lourens Adriaanse , 19. Etienne Oosthuizen , 20. Jean Deysel , 21. Charl McLeod , 22. Pat Lambie , 23. Tonderai Chavhanga
1 . Kane Hames , 2 . Ged Robinson , 3 . Chris King , 4 . Jarrad Hoeata , 5 . Joe Wheeler , 6 . Elliot Dixon , 7 . Shane Christie , 8 . Nasi Manu (Co.Captain) , 9 . Aaron Smith , 10 . Lima Sopoaga , 11 . Patrick Osborne , 12 . Phil Burleigh , 13 . Malakai Fekitoa , 14 . Richard Buckman 15 . Ben Smith (Co.Captain)
Replacements : 16 . Liam Coltman , 17 . Matias Diaz , 18 . JP Koen , 19 . Josh Bekhuis , 20 . Tom Franklin , 21 . Fumiaki Tanaka , 22 . Trent Renata , 23 . Gareth Evans