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From a South African point of view the big Super Rugby match of the weekend is in Durban where the Sharks host the Lions.

This Africa 2 Conference match will have a big impact on the Conference and the Sharks need a victory as they head overseas after the match. The Lions have their tour behind them.

Both teams are coming off a loss to the Crusaders but the Sharks could be a little rusty as they had a bye last week. They will however have home advantage.

The Sharks have played the Lions 22 times in Super Rugby since 1998 and the Sharks have won 16 matches, drawn two and lost four.

That gives the Sharks a record of winning 73% of their matches against the Lions. The Sharks have hosted the Lions 11 times in Durban and they have won 10 matches and lost one. That one Lions victory was in 2000.

Those 10 victories give the Sharks a record of winning 91% of their home matches against the Johannesburg side. The average score when the Sharks play the Lions in Durban is Sharks 32 Lions 15.

The last two matches between the sides have been won by the team playing at home.

For this match the Sharks have made one change to the side. Philip van der Walt suffered a neck injury against the Crusaders and has been ruled out for this week so Daniel du Preez comes into the starting line up at No.8.

Du Preez’s place on the replacements bench is taken up by former Sharks captain Keegan Daniel.

The Lions have also kept changes to a minimum and coach Johan Ackermann has made two changes. Ross Cronjé starts at scrumhalf for the first time that he starts since sustaining a facial injury in the pre-season friendly in Polokwane against the Bulls.

In the only other change to the Lions side that lost to the Crusaders, Rohan Janse van Rensburg starts at centre for Howard Mnisi. The changes mean that Faf de Klerk and Mnisi both drop to the replacements bench.

The Bookies have given the Lions a 5 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. The Sharks have to win this week in order to get their tour off on a positive note so they should be a little hungrier. The Sharks should win this by three.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 2 on the Red Button.

Average score: Sharks 29 Lions 18

Last five results
11 Apr 2015 Sharks v Lions 21-23 Johannesburg
21 Feb 2015 Sharks v Lions 29-12 Durban
12 Apr 2014 Sharks v Lions 25-12 Johannesburg
08 Mar 2014 Sharks v Lions 37-23 Durban
02 Jun 2012 Sharks v Lions 28-38 Johannesburg

Sharks overall record against the Lions
Played 22 , Wins 16 , Losses 4, Draws 2

Match No.54:Sharks v Lions
Date : Saturday 9 April 2016
Venue : Kings Park Durban
Kick Off local: 17:05 local
Referee: Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 1:Nic Berry
Assistant Ref 2:Rodney Bonaparte
TMO :Marius Jonker

Teams

Sharks

15. Willie le Roux , 14. JP Pietersen , 13. Paul Jordaan , 12. Andre Esterhuizen , 11. Lwazi Mvovo , 10. Joe Pietersen , 9. Cobus Reinach , 8. Daniel du Preez , 7. Jean-Luc du Preez , 6. Marcell Coetzee , 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. Keegan Daniel , 21. Michael Claassens , 22. Garth April , 23. Odwa Ndungane

Lions

15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Warwick Tecklenburg, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Dylon Smith

Replacements: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Ruan Dreyer, 19 Ruan Ackermann, 20 Cyle Brink, 21 Faf de Klerk, 22 Howard Mnisi, 23 Jaco van der Walt

 

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