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The second Super Rugby quarter-final is in Wellington on Saturday where the Hurricanes host the Sharks.

The Hurricanes finished the regular season at the top of the Super Rugby standings while the Sharks finished in 8th place.

On paper this should be the most one-sided of the four quarter finals as the Hurricanes also finished with 10 points more than the Sharks.

These teams already met once this season but that match was played in Durban and the Sharks won the contest 32-15. This time the Hurricanes will have home advantage.

The Hurricanes and the Sharks have played each other 18 times in Super Rugby since 1998 and the Hurricanes have won 8 matches lost 9 and drawn one. This gives the Hurricanes a record of winning 44% of their matches. As there was a draw one could also say the Hurricanes have not lost in 50% of their matches against the Sharks regardless of the venue.

The teams have played each other 7 times in Wellington and the Hurricanes have won 5, lost one and drawn one. This gives them a record of winning 71% of their home matches against the Sharks. The average score when the Hurricanes host the Sharks is Hurricanes 31 Sharks 20.

The Sharks only victory in Wellington was in 2010 so they have not won there for six years. Since 2011 the teams have alternated wins with the team playing at home winning the match.

For this match the Sharks have been able to bring back three of their star players as Willie le Roux, Paul Jordaan and Jean-Luc du Preez have all been included in the run-on XV.

Le Roux comes into the team and replaces Rhyno Smith who started against the Sunwolves last week. Paul Jordaan returns to the side at outside centre and in the final change to the Sharks back line Michael Claasens returns to the side and replaces Stefan Ungerer.

In the forwards Jean-Luc du Preez replaces Tera Mtenbu on the blindside flank while Stefan Lewies is back in the second row at lock replacing Ruan Botha who drops out of the match day squad.

The Sharks also get captain Tendai Mtawarira back to lead the side and he starts at loosehead with Thomas du Toit rotating to the bench.

Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd has dropped winger Julian Savea to the replacements for this match. Matt Proctor has recovered from a hamstring strain and starts at centre.

Proctor’s return sees Jason Woodward shift out to the left-wing in place of Julian Savea, who moves to the reserves.

In the forwards Boyd has brought in props Loni Uhila and Ben May to form a new front row.

The Bookies have given the Sharks a 14 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. For the last five years whoever has been at home in these matches has won which with the Hurricanes form over the season makes them strong favourites to win this. The Hurricanes should win this by 12.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ (Sky), Aus (Fox Sports), SA (SuperSport) and in the UK on Sky Sports 3 on the Red Button.

Average score: Hurricanes 25 Sharks 26

Last five results
07 May 2016 Hurricanes v Sharks 15-32 Durban
09 May 2015 Hurricanes v Sharks 32-24 Wellington
22 Feb 2014 Hurricanes v Sharks 9-27 Durban
06 Apr 2012 Hurricanes v Sharks 42-18 Wellington
23 Apr 2011 Hurricanes v Sharks 24-40 Durban

Hurricanes overall record against the Sharks
Played 18 , Wins 8, Losses 9, Draws 1

Match No.137:Hurricanes v Sharks
Date : Saturday 23 July 2016
Venue : Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Kick Off local: 19:35 local
Referee: Glen Jackson
Assistant Ref 1:Nick Briant
Assistant Ref 2:Paul Williams
TMO : Glenn Newman

Teams

Hurricanes

15 James Marshall , 14 Cory Jane , 13 Matt Proctor , 12 Willis Halaholo , 11 Jason Woodward , 10 Beauden Barrett , 9 TJ Perenara (vc) , 8 Victor Vito , 7 Ardie Savea , 6 Brad Shields , 5 Michael Fatialofa , 4 Vaea Fifita , 3 Ben May , 2 Dane Coles (c) , 1 Loni Uhila

Replacements: Ricky Riccitelli, Chris Eves, Mike Kainga, Mark Abbott, Callum Gibbins, Jamison Gibson Park, Vince Aso, Julian Savea.

Sharks

15. Willie le Roux ,14. JP Pietersen , 13. Paul Jordaan , 12. Andre Esterhuizen, , 11. Lwazi Mvovo , 10. Garth April , 9. Michael Claassens, , 8. Philip van der Walt, , 7. Jean-Luc du Preez , , 6. Keegan Daniel , 5. Stephan Lewies , 4. Etienne Oosthuizen , 3. Coenie Oosthuizen , 2. Franco Marais , 1. Tendai Mtawarira (Captain)

Replacements:16. Chiliboy Ralepelle,,17. Dale Chadwick , 18. Thomas du Toit ,19. Hyron Andrews,20. Tera Mtembu ,21. Stefan Ungerer ,22. Curwin Bosch ,23. Odwa Ndungane

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