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Adriaan Strauss celebrates scoring a try against the Sharks

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Article Published: Thursday 12 July 2012|

The Sharks need to beat the Cheetahs - preferably with a bonus point - if they are to qualify for the Super Rugby play offs which start next weekend.

The Sharks have won the last three matches between them and the Cheetahs which is the longest running streak between the teams.

The Cheetahs won the first match between them and the Sharks back in 2006 in the Super 14 but after that the Sharks won twice before the Cheetahs won the next two.

Earlier this season the Sharks broke the cycle by winning a third match in Bloemfontein 24-30.

Overall the Sharks and Cheetahs have played each other 8 times in Super Rugby and the Sharks have the edge as they have won 5 and lost three times. That means the Sharks have won 63% of their matches against the Cheetahs.

On average when the Sharks and Cheetahs play the Sharks score 25 points and the Cheetahs score 20 points.

This weekend's match will be played in Durban where they have played four times. Interestingly both teams have won twice so they both have a 50% record.

However the points average is in the Sharks favour as they score on average 26 points and the Cheetahs score 19 points.

The Sharks will most likely be focused on one thing - beating the Cheetahs and scoring four tries in the process. That will be enough for them to progress to the Super Rugby Finals Series for the second time in as many years.

Even though there are theories out there that a sixth place finish (and possible subsequent visit to Canberra rather than Christchurch) will be better than ending fifth, the fact is that the Sharks won't be able to influence something like this, as they play before the Bulls do.

The Bookies have given the Cheetahs a 15 point start for this match - with an offer of Bet 5 and Get 50 in Bets. The Sharks beat the Bulls convincingly last week and if they continue to play as they did, few teams will be able to stand up to them. The Sharks should win this by 7.

This match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 4/ HD.

Average score: Sharks 25 Cheetahs 20.

Last five results
19 May 2012 Sharks v Cheetahs 34-20 Bloemfontein
04 Jun 2011 Sharks v Cheetahs 23-18 Bloemfontein
19 Feb 2011 Sharks v Cheetahs 24-9 Durban
Fri, 19 Feb 2010 Sharks v Cheetahs 20-25 Durban
Sat, 11 Apr 2009 Sharks v Cheetahs 6-31 Bloemfontein

Sharks overall record against the Cheetahs
Played 8 , Wins 5 , Losses 3, Draws 0

Match No.119 :Sharks v Cheetahs
Date .Saturday 14 July
Venue : Durban
Kick Off local: 17:05
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 1:Marius Jonker
Assistant Ref 2:Reuben Rossouw
TMO : Gerrie Coetzee



1. Tendai Mtawarira , 2. Craig Burden , 3. Jannie du Plessis , 4. Jandre Marais , 5. Anton Bresler , 6. Keegan Daniel ( C ) , 7. Marcell Coetzee , 8. Ryan Kankowski , 9. Charl McLeod , 10. Frederic Michalak , 11. Lwazi Mvovo , 12. Francois Steyn , 13. Tim Whitehead , 14. JP Pietersen , 15. Patrick Lambie

Replacements:, 16. Bismarck du Plessis, 17. Wiehahn Herbst , 18. Pieter-Steph du Toit / Jean Deysel, 19. Willem Alberts , 20. Jacques Botes , 21. Meyer Bosman / Paul Jordaan, 22. Louis Ludik,


Willie le Roux, Nico Scheepers, Robert Ebersohn, Barry Geel, Philip Snyman, Riaan Smit, Piet van Zyl, Boom Prinsloo, Lappies Labuschagne, Heinrich Brussow, Izak van der Westhuizen, Andries Ferreira, WP Nel, Adriaan Strauss (captain), Trevor Nyakane.

Replacements: Hercu Liebenberg, Marcel van der Merwe, Waltie Vermeulen, Ashley Johnson, Jacques Coetzee, Sias Ebersohn, Andries Strauss.

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