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The fifth Super Rugby match on Saturday is a South African crunch match in Durban where the Sharks host the Cheetahs.

The Cheetahs are already out of contention for the play offs but they will have a massive bearing on who reaches the play offs from a South African point of view.

This week the Cheetahs play the Sharks and next week they play the Bulls. The Sharks and the Bulls are in a battle for the wild card place in the South African Group and a Cheetahs victory against either team will almost certainly end their play off hopes.

The Sharks are on 35 points while the Bulls are on 32 points. Whoever finishes higher in two weeks will claim the last place in the South African Group.

The Sharks have played the Cheetahs 15 times in Super Rugby since 2006 and they have won 9 matches and lost six. This gives them a record of winning 60% of their matches against the Cheetahs.

In Durban the Sharks have hosted the Sharks 8 times and they have won four and lost four. In the last four matches played in Durban the teams have alternated victories and if the trend continues it’s the Sharks turn to win.

The average score when these teams play in Durban is Sharks 24 Cheetahs 18.

The Sharks have named a team with two changes to the side that lost to the Lions last week. Last week’s replacement fullback Rhyno Smith has been handed his first run on start for this Saturday’s penultimate clash of the pool stages after impressing off the bench in last week’s clash with the Lions.

Smith was named the the ‘Overall Player that Rocks’ in the 2015 Varsity Cup. In the last change to the starting line-up Coenie Oosthuizen comes in for Lourens Adriaanse in the front row.

Meanwhile Cheetahs coach Franco Smith has made one change to the starting side as Shaun Venter and Tian Meyer rotate with Venter coming into the side and Meyer on the bench.

On the replacements bench Charles Marais will be replacing Luan de Bruin.

The Bookies have given the Cheetahs a 10 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. The Sharks will be frustrated after last week’s loss but they are on a two match winning streak at home while the Cheetahs have not won away from home for six matches. The Sharks should win this by 7.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ (Sky), Aus (Fox Sports), SA (SuperSport) and in the UK on Sky Sports 1.

Average score: Sharks 24 Cheetahs 19

Last five results
14 Mar 2015 Sharks v Cheetahs 27-10 Bloemfontein
14 Feb 2015 Sharks v Cheetahs 29-35 Durban
05 Jul 2014 Sharks v Cheetahs 20-27 Bloemfontein
19 Apr 2014 Sharks v Cheetahs 19-8 Durban
20 Apr 2013 Sharks v Cheetahs 6-12 Durban

Sharks overall record against the Cheetahs
Played 15, Wins 9 , Losses 6 , Draws 0

Match No.125:Sharks v Cheetahs
Date : Saturday 9 July 2016
Venue : Kings Park, Durban
Kick Off local: 19:15 local
Referee: Stuart Berry
Assistant Ref 1:Rasta Rasivhenge
Assistant Ref 2:Archie Sehlako
TMO :Marius Jonker

Teams

Sharks

15. Rhyno Smith, 14. S’bura Sithole , 13. JP Pietersen , 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 (C)

Replacements:16. Chiliboy Ralepelle ,17. Thomas du Toit,18. Lourens Adriaanse,19. Ruan Botha, 20. Tera Mtembu,21. Stefan Ungerer, 22. Heimar Williams, 23. Curwin Bosch,

Cheetahs

1. Ox Nche , 2. Torsten van Jaarsveld , 3. Maks van Dyk , 4. Carl Wegner , 5. Francois Uys (vc) , 6. Uzair Cassiem , 7. Oupa Mohoje , 8. Paul Schoeman , 9. Shaun Venter , 10. Fred Zeilinga , 11. Raymond Rhule , 12. Michael van der Spuy , 13. Francois Venter (C) , 14. Sergeal Petersen , 15. Clayton Blommetjies

Replacements: , 16. Joseph Dweba , 17. Charles Marais , 18. Johan Coetzee , 19. Reniel Hugo , 20. Henco Venter , 21. Tian Meyer , 22. George Whitehead , 23. William Small-Smith

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