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The final match in the second round of Super Rugby this Saturday is in Durban where the Sharks host newcomers the Jaguares.

The Sharks and the Jaguares won their opening matches so unless there is a draw one of these teams will suffer their first loss and the other will possibly top the Africa 2 Conference.

As the Jaguares are new to Super Rugby there is no history between these teams.

In terms of team news Sharks wing JP Pietersen will start the match as a replacement for his national team-mate Lwazi Mvovo, who suffered an ankle injury against the Southern Kings last week.

The other change to the starting team is at lock, where Springbok Stephan Lewies returns from a serious knee injury in place of Hyron Andrews. Andrews in turn takes over from David McDuling on the bench.

Pietersen will be the most experienced player on the field for the Durban side with 122 Super Rugby caps to his name.

A victory for the Sharks would mark their fifth on the trot – a feat they last achieved across the 2013 and 2014 seasons. The Sharks have a strong record at home as they have have won 20 of their last 24 matches in Durban against overseas opposition, although the last four of these victories were by six points or less.

Sharks head coach Gary Gold: “There were a lot of positives to take away from our match last weekend. I was happy with our intent, skill level and the way we executed our tries.

“The Jaguares are a brilliant team full of internationals. Many of these guys are hugely experienced and had good success at the World Cup. Last week against the Cheetahs, this Argentine side showed that they have adapted well to the competition.

“We’ve had a good week and are preparing to take on a full battle of international players and we’re excited about the challenge ahead. This match is really going to test us to see how far we’ve come this year.”

The Jaguares have made four changes for this match. The changes have been enforced by suspensions and injuries. Santiago García Botta replacing Lucas Noguera in the front row.

Santiago González Iglesias comes in at centre to replace Jerónimo De la Fuente while Santiago Cordero goes to fullback.

Matias Alemanno comes into the second row to partner Guido Petti replacing Thomas Lavanini who was suspended.

The Jaguares are an improving side and every time they play together they become more familiar with each other. Having almost a national side in depth the Jaguares are play off contenders but the Sharks are a long established Super Rugby team and should enjoy strong home support in their first home match this season.

The Bookies have given the Jaguares a 3 point start for this Match – with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. The Sharks experience and home advantage should see them home in this match. The Sharks should edge this by 2.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 3.

Average score: 0-0

Match No.17:Sharks v Jaguares
Date : Saturday 5 March 2016
Venue : Kings Park, Durban
Kick Off local: 19:20 local
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 1:Jaco van Heerden
Assistant Ref 2:Cwengile Jadezweni
TMO :Johan Greeff

Teams

Sharks

15. Willie le Roux , 14. Odwa Ndungane , 13. Paul Jordaan , 12. Andre Esterhuizen , 11. JP Pietersen , 10. Joe Pietersen , 9. Cobus Reinach , 8. Daniel du Preez , 7. Jean-Luc du Preez , 6. Maroetzee , 5. Stephan Lewies , 4. Etienne Oosthuizen , 3. Coenie Oosthuizen , 2. Franco Marais , 1. Tendai Mtawarira (C)

Replacements : 16. Kyle Cooper , 17. Juan Schoeman , 18. Lourens Adriaanse , 19. Hyron Andrews , 20. Philip van der Walt , 21. Michael Claassens , 22. Garth April , 23. S’bura Sithole

Jaguares

1- Santiago García Botta, 2- Agustín Creevy (Capitán), 3- Ramiro Herrera, 4- Guido Petti, 5- Matías Alemanno, 6- Pablo Matera, 7- Rodrigo Báez, 8- Leonardo Senatore, 9- Martín Landajo, 10- Nicolás Sánchez, 11- Emiliano Boffelli, 12- Santiago González Iglesias, 13- Matías Moroni, 14- Matías Orlando, 15- Santiago Cordero

Replacements : 16- Julián Montoya, 17- Felipe Arregui, 18- Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 19- Javier Ortega Desio, 20- Facundo Isa, 21- Gonzalo Bertranou, 22- Joaquín Paz, 23- Lucas González Amorosino

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