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Sharks v Southern Kings Rd.13 Super Rugby Preview




The second last Super Rugby match on Saturday in Round 13 is in Durban where the Sharks host the Southern Kings.

These two teams have already met once this year as they met in Round One and the Sharks won 8-43 in Port Elizabeth.

This match comes at a good time for the Sharks as they have a bye next weekend.

The Sharks recently returned from New Zealand, played one match at home and then flew to Argentina before returning home for this match. With a travel schedule like that the Sharks are fortunate to have a home match against the lowest ranked team right before they break for a bye.

The Sharks and the Southern Kings have played each other three times and the Sharks are undefeated. Out of the three matches between the teams only one match was played in Durban and that match was won 58-13 by the Sharks.

The Sharks are second in the Africa 2 Super Rugby Conference on 30 points after 11 matches, six wins and a draw. The Southern Kings are last in the Conference on 4 points after 10 matches and one win.

For this match the Sharks have made six changes for this week. Scrum half Michael Claasens has recovered from a strain he picked up last week ahead of the Jaguares match which forced him to withdraw.

Along with Claasens in the backs Springbok winger Lwazi Mvovo returns to the starting line up. In the forwards Jean-Luc du Preez comes into the number 7 jersey as replacement for the injured Jean Deysel.

Etienne Oosthuizen also makes his return to the starting line-up, while there is a new front row in Lourens Adriaanse, Chiliboy Ralepelle and Dale Chadwick.

At the time of writing the Southern Kings had not named their team to play the Sharks but no major surprises were expected.

The Bookies have given the Southern Kings a 31 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. This has been a difficult season for the Southern Kings and it looks set to continue. The Sharks should win this by more than 30 points.

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

Average score: Sharks 41 Southern Kings 11

Last three results
27 Feb 2016 Sharks v Kings 43-8 Port Elizabeth
13 Jul 2013 Sharks v Kings 58-13 Durban
09 Mar 2013 Sharks v Kings 21-12 Port Elizabeth

Sharks overall record against the Kings
Played 3 , Wins 3, Losses 0, Draws 0

Match No.99:Sharks v Kings
Date : Saturday 21 May 2016
Venue : Kings Park, Durban
Kick Off local: 17:10 local
Referee: Quinton Immelman
Assistant Ref 1:Rodney Bonaparte
Assistant Ref 2:Archie Sehlako
TMO :Marius Jonker



15. Willie le Roux , 14. JP Pietersen , 13. Paul Jordaan , 12. Andre Esterhuizen , 11. Lwazi Mvovo , 10. Patrick Lambie (C) , 9. Michael Claassens , 8. Daniel du Preez , 7. Jean-Luc du Preez , 6. Keegan Daniel , 5. Stephan Lewies , 4. Etienne Oosthuizen , 3. Lourens Adriaanse , 2. Chiliboy Ralepelle , 1. Dale Chadwick

Replacements: 16. Kyle Cooper , 17. Juan Schoeman , 18. Thomas du Toit , 19. Giant Mtyanda , 20. Tera Mtembu , 21. Stefan Ungerer , 22. Garth April , 23. Odwa Ndungane

Southern Kings

15. Jurgen Visser , 14. Lukhanyo Am , 13. JP du Plessis , 12. Shane Gates (VC) , 11. Luzuko Vulindlu , 10. Louis Fouche , 09. Ntando Kebe , 08. Aidon Davis , 07. Thembelani Bholi , 06. Stefan Willemse , 05. Schalk Oelofse , 04. Steven Sykes (C) , 03. Jacobie Adriaanse , 02. Martin Ferreira , 01. Schalk Ferreira

Replacements : 16. Martin Bezuidenhout , 17. Justin Ackerman , 18. Tom Botha , 19. JC Astle , 20. Jacques Engelbrecht , 21. Kevin Luiters , 22. Elgar Watts , 23. Leighton Eksteen

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