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JP Pietersen makes a break in the last Sharks vs Cheetahs match

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Article Published: Thursday 18 April 2013|

The Sharks and the Cheetahs have already played each other once this season and in the first match between the teams the Sharks won 22-29 in Bloemfontein.

The Sharks and the Cheetahs have played each other ten times since the Cheetahs joined Super Rugby in 2006 and the Sharks have won 7 of those matches.

That means the Cheetahs have won three Super Rugby matches against the Sharks since 2006 so the Sharks have a record of wining 70% of their matches against the Cheetahs.

The average score when the Sharks play the Cheetahs is : Sharks 26 Cheetahs 20.

This weekend the Sharks will have home advantage as the match will be in Durban where the two teams have met 5 times.

From those five matches the Sharks have won three and lost two matches. That translates to the Sharks winning 60% of their home matches against the Cheetahs.

The average score when the Sharks play the Cheetahs in Durban is Sharks 27 Cheetahs 18.

The Cheetahs have not beaten the Sharks in Durban since February 2010 and the last five matches have all been won by the Sharks.

Both teams will go into the match coming off losses as the Cheetahs went down 26-20 to the Bulls in Pretoria last weekend and the Sharks lost 22-15 to the Stormers.

Grant Bashford, assistant coach of The Sharks, said this week the match will be very important for both sides.

"The Cheetahs were full of confidence going into the Bulls game, but having lost on the weekend, they will be bitterly disappointed which makes this weekend even more important for them," said Bashford.

"The disappointing thing for us is that we were creating opportunities but once again our option-taking let us down.

"Our set-piece battled at times and when we were put under pressure with continuity in our own half, we gave away penalties. Before we knew it, we were nine points down through penalties and we battled to get our own attack going with some rhythm and motion on the ball."

Last week's loss for the Cheetahs brought an end to their best ever run in Super Rugby. The Cheetahs have really stepped up this year but we are now in the 10th round of Super Rugby and they still haven't had a bye.

In contrast the Waratahs have already had both of their byes and the Cheetahs only get their first bye in Round 12. Fatigue has to effect them at some point as players get little knocks which become big injuries when you continue playing without a break so we won't be surprised if the Cheetahs drop off a little over the next couple of weeks.

The Bookies have given the Cheetahs a 8 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. The Sharks might still be struggling to find their perfect game but they still lead the SA conference and they have home advantage. The Sharks should win by 7.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA but no broadcast in the UK on Sky Sports HD.

Average score:

Last five results
23 Feb 2013 Sharks v Cheetahs 29-22 Bloemfontein
14 Jul 2012 Sharks v Cheetahs 34-15 Durban
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

Sharks overall record against the Cheetahs
Played 10 ,Wins 7,Losses 3 Draws 0

Match No.60. : Sharks v Cheetahs
Date : Saturday 20 April
Venue : Kings Park, Durban
Kick Off local: 17:05
Referee: Jonathon White
Assistant Ref 1:Marius Jonker
Assistant Ref 2:Stefan Breytenbach
TMO : Shaun Veldsman



15. Riaan Viljoen , 14. Odwa Ndungane , 13. Paul Jordaan , 12. Meyer Bosman , 11. Sean Robinson , 10. Patrick Lambie , 9. Cobus Reinach , 8. Keegan Daniel (C) , 7. Jean Deysel , 6. Marcell Coetzee , 5. Franco van der Merwe , 4. Pieter-Steph du Toit , 3. Wiehahn Herbst , 2. Kyle Cooper , 1. Tendai Mtawarira

Replacements , 16. Craig Burden , 17. Jannie du Plessis , 18. Anton Bresler , 19. Tera Mtembu , 20. Charl McLeod , 21. Francois Steyn , 22. Andries Coetzee


Coenie Oosthuisen ,Adriaan Strauss (captain),, Lourens Adriaanse, Lodewyk de Jager,Francois Uys,Heinrich Brussow, Lappies Labuschagne, Phillip van der Walt,Piet van Zyl, Burton Francis, Raymond Rhule, Robert Ebersohn,Johan Sadie, Willie le Roux, Hennie Daniller

Replacements: Ryno Barnes, Caylib Oosthuizen, Landman Ligtoring, Frans Viljoen , Tewis de Bruyn, Brummer Francois, Ryno Benjamin.

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