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The third match in the final Round of the regular Super Rugby season is in Durban where the Sharks host the Sunwolves.

The Sharks need three points from this match if they are to secure the Wild Card place in the South African Group. They are on 39 points and the chasing Bulls are on 37 points.

If the Sharks do beat the Sunwolves then the Bulls match against the Cheetahs later in the round becomes a match in which the two teams will be playing for pride.

The Sharks have not played the Sunwolves yet so this will be their first meeting in Super Rugby.

The Sunwolves will be missing regular captain Shota Horie and his stand in Harumichi Tatekawa for this week so coach Mark Hammett has named Yu Tamura as captain.

In the backline Mifiposeti Paea comes back in to the starting line up at centre while Kaito Shigeno and Yuki Yatomi have been rotated again.

There is just one change to the forward pack as Faatiga Lemalu comes into the second row to partner Hitoshi Ono.

Hammett has named two new players on the replacements bench as Ryohei Yamanaka and Kentaro Kodama are both included with the latter set to make his debut for the Japanese side.

The Sharks have also rested a number of players for this week while there is a chance that Patrick Lambie will return. Director of Rugby Gary Gold has rested Tendai Mtawarira and brought in Thomas du Toit at loosehead in the front row where Mahlatse “Chilliboy” Ralepelle starts at hooker.

JP Pietersen will captain the side in Mtawarira’s absence at outside centre. Also in the forwards Ruan Botha replaced Stephan Lewies who is named on the replacements bench while Tera Mthembu comes in at flank for Jean-Luc du Preez.

In the backline Willie le Roux will sit out this week again due to injury while Odwa Ndungane starts on the wing and Sibusiso Sithole drops out of the squad entirely. Patrick Lambie has also been named on the replacements bench but bracketed with Curwin Bosch.

Stefan Ungerer gets the nod at scrum-half after his showing last week against the Cheetahs. Michael Claasens is rotated to the replacements.

The Sharks have home advantage are in 8th place overall and have everything to play for while the Sunwolves are in 18th place and have little to play for at the end of their first season.

The Bookies have given the Sunwolves a 37 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. The Sharks will be playing for a place in the play offs. They should run away with this by at least 20 points. 

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ (Sky), Aus (Fox Sports), SA (SuperSport) and in the UK on Sky Sports 5.

Average score: N/A

No past results

Match No.129:Sharks v Sunwolves
Date : 15 July 2016
Venue : Kings Park, Durban
Kick Off local: 19:00 local
Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge
Assistant Ref 1:Cwengile Jadezweni
Assistant Ref 2:Archie Sehlako
TMO : Marius Jonker

Teams

Sharks

15 Rhyno Smith, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 JP Pietersen (c), 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Garth April, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Tera Mtembu, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Thomas du Toit

Replacements: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Dale Chadwick, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Stefan Lewies, 20 Jean Deysel, 21 Michael Claassens, 22 Curwin Bosch/Pat Lambie, 23 Heimar Williams

Sunwolves

15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Hajime Yamashita, 13 Derek Carpenter, 12 Mifiposeti Paea, 11 Yasutaka Sasakura, 10 Yu Tamura (c), 9 Kaito Shigeno, 8 Edward Quirk, 7 Taiyo Ando, 6 Liaki Moli, 5 Faatiga Lemalu, 4 Hitoshi Ono, 3 Shinnosuke Kakinaga, 2 Takeshi Kizu, 1 Keita Inagaki

Replacements: 16 Futoshi Mori, 17 Masataka Mikami, 18 Takuma Asahara, 19 Naohiro Kotaki, 20 Yoshiya Hosoda, 21 Yuki Yatomi, 22 Ryohei Yamanaka, 23 Kentaro Kodama.

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