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The final match in Super Rugby Round three is a South African derby clash between the Stormers and the Sharks in Cape Town.

Hosts the Stormers lead African Conference 1 while the Sharks lead African Conference 2. The winner of this match will top the South African Group.

Both teams are unbeaten after two matches but the Sharks lead the South African Group as they have a preferential points difference.

The Sharks have retained the team that beat the Jaguares in Durban last week while the Stormers have made four changes to the side that beat the Cheetahs.

Stormers coach Robbie Fleck has made one change to the backline which was enforced by injury as Rob du Preez has been ruled out for up to 12 weeks with a knee injury.

Du Preez’s injury sees Kurt Coleman stepping up at flyhalf and Jean-Luc du Plessis could make his Super Rugby debut if he comes off the bench to replace Coleman.

In the front row props JC Janse van Rensburg and Frans Malherbe get their first opportunity to start this season, with Oli Kebble and Vincent Koch taking their respective places on the replacements bench.

Siya Kolisi will also get his first start of the Super Rugby season, with Schalk Burger taking the No.8 jersey and Nizaam Carr moving to No.6 in place of Sikhumbuzo Notshe who is set for an impact role off the bench.

The Stormers and the Sharks have played each other 24 times in Super Rugby since 1998 and both teams have won 12 matches.

The Stormers have hosted the Sharks 12 times in Cape Town and they have won 7 times and lost 5 times. The average score when the Stormers play the Sharks in Cape Town is Stormers 23 Sharks 20.

The Bookies have given the Sharks a 6 point start for this Match – with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. Statistically these teams are inseparable. The one area where the Stormers have the edge is when they are at home. Given the history between these teams the Stormers should edge the Sharks by three.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 4.

Average score: Stormers 21 Sharks 21

Last five results
13 Jun 2015 Stormers v Sharks 12-34 Durban
07 Mar 2015 Stormers v Sharks 29-13 Cape Town
12 Jul 2014 Stormers v Sharks 10-34 Cape Town
31 May 2014 Stormers v Sharks 21-19 Durban
13 Apr 2013 Stormers v Sharks 22-15 Cape Town

Stormers overall record against the Sharks
Played 24 , Wins 12 , Losses 12 , Draws 0

Match No.23:Stormers v Sharks
Date : Newlands, Cape Town
Venue : Saturday 12 March 2016
Kick Off local: 17:15 local
Referee: Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 1:Ben O’Keeffe
Assistant Ref 2:Stuart Berry
TMO :Marius Jonker

Teams

Stormers:

15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Dillyn Leyds, 13 Johnny Kotze, 12 Juan de Jongh (co-captain), 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Schalk Burger, 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe (co-captain), 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.

Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Oli Kebble, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 JD Schickerling, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Nic Groom, 22 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 23 Huw Jones.

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. 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. Philip van der Walt,21. Michael Claassens,22. Garth April,23. S’bura Sithole

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