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Sharks v Force Super Rugby preview

Article Published: Thursday 10 May 2012
Edited by: Rugbyweek.com.
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Sharks v Force Super Rugby preview

The Sharks have won the last four Super Rugby matches between them and the Force at home in Durban and away in Perth.

The Sharks have played the Force six times in Super Rugby and won five of those matches. That means that the Sharks have won 83% of their matches against the Force.

On average when the Sharks play the Force they score 26 points and the Force score 17 points.

The one and only time that the Force beat the Sharks was back in 2007 when the Sharks and Bulls contested the Super 14 final. That victory however was in Perth.

In Durban the Sharks have played the Force 3 times in Durban and they have won all three matches.

The average score when the Sharks play the Force in Durban on average 28 points and the Force score 19 points.

The Sharks biggest victory in all six matches was last year's 39-12 victory in Perth.

Last week the Force lost narrowly to the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein while the Sharks bashed the Highlanders in Durban after a slow start.

In tournament stakes and Super Rugby standings the Sharks still have plenty to play for while the Force are really just playing for pride now.

The Bookies have given the Western Force a 12 point start for this match - with an offer of Bet 5 and Get 50 in Bets . The Sharks at home should win this with a bonus point. Sharks to win by 10 or more.

This match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK it will be shown on the Sky Sports website.

Average score: Sharks 26 Force 17

Last five results
05 Mar 2011 Sharks v Force 39-12 Perth
14 May 2010 Sharks v Force 27-22 Durban
21 Mar 2009 Sharks v Force 22-10 Perth
15 Feb 2008 Sharks v Force 17-10 Durban
30 Mar 2007 Sharks v Force 12-22 Perth

Sharks overall record against the Force
Played 6, Wins 5 , Losses 1 , Draws 0

Match No.78.:Sharks v Force
Date Saturday 12 May
Venue : Durban
Kick Off local: 17:05
Referee: Mark Lawrence
Assistant Ref 1:Joey Salmans
Assistant Ref 2:Cobus Wessels
TMO : Johann Meuwesen

Teams

Sharks

15. Louis Ludik, 14. JP Pietersen, 13. Paul Jordaan, 12. Tim Whitehead, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Patrick Lambie, 9. Charl McLeod, 8. Keegan Daniel (c), 7. Marcell Coetzee, 6. Jacques Botes, 5. Anton Bresler, 4. Steven Sykes, 3. Jannie du Plessis/Wiehahn Herbst, 2. Bismarck du Plessis, 1. Tendai Mtawarira.

Replacements: 16. Craig Burden, 17. Jannie du Plessis/Wiehahn Herbst, 18. Pieter-Steph du Toit, 19. Jean Deysel, 20. Ryan Kankowski, 21. Frederic Michalak, 22. Meyer Bosman.

Western Force

1 Pek Cowan,2 Nathan Charles,3 Salesi Ma'afu,4 Toby Lynn,5 Nathan Sharpe,6 Richard Brown,7 David Pocock (Captain),8 Matt Hodgson,9 Brett Sheehan,10 David Harvey,11 Napolioni Nalaga,12 Winston Stanley,13 Nick Cummins,14 Sam Wara,15 Alfie Mafi

Replacements :16 Elvis Taione,17 Salesi Manu,18 Phoenix Battye,19 Lachlan McCaffrey,20 Josh Holmes,21 Ben Seymour,22 Rory Sidey



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