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Super Rugby | Durban
15:05 (GMT) | 21-05-2016
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Line-out at the 22 of the Sharks. The line-out is whiffed as the horn sounds. The ball is knocked on and the referee blows as the horn sounds
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The reset kick is deep and the Sharks refusing to clear but decide to play their way out of their half instead. The Kings turnover with Gates and gives it to Watts on the wing. The ball is tackled into touch
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Lambie misses the kick
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The Sharks gather around the 5 to push through after the referee blows fro a penalty. They take it quickly and they do force themselves over the line to score. TRY credited to Du Toit
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The Kings take the scrum this time and Fouché clears into touch at the half way. The Sharks fumble the ball but they quickly organize themselves . Daniel steps past 2 and makes a few meters before being brought down. The Kings turnover but they lose it. Mvovo finds space on the left wing and makes a strong run but is brought down
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Scrum reset again
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Penalty to the Sharks. They opt to scrum again.
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Scrum reset
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Sharks pressing forward in the 8th phase now. April trying squeeze through but the referee blows for offside to the Kings players. Scrum inside the 22 for the Sharks
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Line-out for the Kings at their own 5. They make some space for the backline before Watts clears.
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The Kings take the line-out at the 5 and Fouché clears without second thought. The ball is booted back from where it came and the Sharks find possession in the Kings' half with an advantage. Mvovo makes a few meters in the middle of the field but is brought down.
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Classens with the tap and go. The ball looped over the defence and April with a good run and offload to Mvovo. He scores the try at first look but after the TMO is referred to it shows that he was in touch. Line-out at the 5 of the Kings. Bholi being carried of the field on a strecher.
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Line-out at the 22. Classens loses it forward but play goes on. The Kings in their own half trying to play out of danger but Fouché gets it and clears
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Scrum at the 10 of the Sharks now. Both teams at a stalmate not including the score. The Kings slowing the game down exponentially. Penalty to the Sharks after the scrum and Lambie sends it into touch
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The Kings make it into the 22 but the turnover is there bythe Sharks and le Roux kicks up field for Pietersen to chase. The ball bounces into touch for a line-out to the Kings.
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Line-out taken by the Kings and they work hard to form the ruck and maintain possession at their own 10
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The ball is kicked into touch after a few bandages and streches are dealt. Line-out at the 5 of the Kings. The away side look to play themselves out of danger. The referee blows for a penalty to visitors
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Scrum reset. The Kings seemingly renewed after the short break. They move forward swiftly but the Sharks turnover. Daniels running past 2 and but doesn't have the pace to break. The referee blows to halt play as more medical staff enter the field of play
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Kings get the penalty and take it quick. The visitors looking to cathc the hosts off guard. The referee blows for a possible neck role
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The Sharks applying pressure after the throw and both teams throwing bodies at the center of the field as the Kings attempt to stop the Sharks from rushing through down the middle. Play is halted as medical staff enter the field to treat Bholi. Scrum at the 10 of the Kings now
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The Sharks push the Kings back in the scrum but the away side come away with the ball regardless. Line-out at the center field. Sykes takes the ball out of the air and holds onto the ball. The referee blows for a penalty and the ball is then cleared into touch
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The Kings trying to assume some semblance defensive formation. Lambie again finding space this time down the middle but he is brought down by his opposite number, Fouché. Scrum inside the Kings' half now
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Lambie shows he is human and misses his conversion
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The ball is sent down field and the Kings are caught with their trousers around their ankles. Lambie finds the space and makes a dash t\down his right winf to score a TRY
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Bholi wins possession and makes it to the 22. The suopport following suit but the ball is fumbled by Oelofse which starts the counter attack
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Play moving at snail pace as the Sharks meandering around the 10 of the Kings. Line-out to the Kings and it's brought down nicely. Ferreira muscles past 2 but he finds three to be his limit as he is brought down. Line-out at the half way
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The Sharks mvoing forward with strong resolve but their momentum is put on hold by the referee with. Scrum for a late tackle by Bholi and the referee pulls play back a few meters.
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The Kings in possession in their own half but struggling to find an escape route until Fouché decides to clear. Line-out at the 5 of the Sharks
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The second half underwy off the boot of Fouché. The ball is cleared and the Kings get themselves a throw at the half way. Scrum at the 10. The ball is sent down field by the Kings but a long pass sees the ball go into touch at the 10 on the opposite side of the field

Half Time

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Play continues as the horn sounds. The Kings end the half by kicking into touch. HALF TIME
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The Sharks with an attack immediately after the reset playing themselves out of danger. Lambie drops a poor pass from Oosthuizen and the referee blows for a penalty. Scrum at center field
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Lambie again, ensures the 2 points from a seemingly impossible angle
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Scrum at the 10 of the Sharks. The home team pushing the visitors back. The referee blows for a penalty towards the hosts. Lambie kicks into touch at the 22. The ball is brought down by the Sharks and Mvovo looking to slip through a few players but is brought down. They move the ball up field and the Kings find themselves being out maneuvered as Pietersen finds space up field to score a TRY
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Lambie secures the 2 points
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Mvovo gets the ball from Jordaan and he makes a run but is quickly stopped. The Kings reform but they're run amok by le Roux who finds makes space for Esterhuizen who runs despite having a player on his legs and manages to score the TRY
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Scrum at the 22 of the Kings. The referee disregards the line-out for a forward pass. Scrum reset
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The Sharks on the break. Three players in space but the pass finds neither of them and roles into touch
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The Sharks in possession but another handling error sees the mlose possession into touch up field. The Sharks at the half way with the ball. le Roux trying to froce his way through but not managing it.
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The Kings find possession after the reset. They're manage to make it into the Sharks half in their 10th phase but the referee spots a forward pass and blows. Scrum at the 10 of the Sharks
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Lambie adds the extras
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The restart kick catches the Kings off gaurd. Pietersen with a pass into space at the 22 gives Jordaan a bit of work to do with the run but he makes it pass the goal line to score the TRY
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Lambie takes the kick from an angle similar to his first kick of the game and he ensures he adds the proper strength to it this time
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Vulindlu makes his way off the field shortly after the reset due to an injury. Scrum at the half way now and Ungerer slips it in. They send it down field and le Roux passes and gets it back. He runs down the wing to score a TRY
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Lambie ensures the 2 extra points
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A momentary lapse in focus by the Kings sees them fumble a pass at the 5 and Lambie picks it up to run half the field in distance before offloading to Jordaan who scores the TRY from a wonderful break
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The Sharks find possession and le Roux clears to give the home side some breathing space. The Kings come again, Am makes it within inches of the try line but the turnover comes.
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Line-out at the 22 of the Sharks but on the opposite side of the field now. The Kings showing some good ambition making their way to the 5 of the Sharks. Ferreira being shoved forward by his team.
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Both team clearing after the reset. The Kings with a high kick giving them ample time to chase. Both teams crowd around the shadow of the ball. The is cleared into touch. Line-out up field and the Kings take it then move the ball down field.
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He finds the angle and distance this time around to add the 3 points
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The Sharks initiate their attack again after the throw. They make it into the Kings half but the referee blows . Lambie decides to have another go at the posts despite the harsh winds in the stadium
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The Sharks squeeze and the referee gives them the penalty. Line-out at the half way line
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Scrum at the 22 of the Sharks after the try-scorer loses it forward. Scrum reset
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Lambie with a tight angle as he eyes the posts. He takes the kick and the flags stay down. The angle was there but the kick was short
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The Sharks with a good break starting with Lambi. They send it down field and Mvovo takes it from le Roux. He offloads to Jordaan who gives the final pass to Lambie who passes the line to score the TRY
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The Sharks again with possession after the clearance by the Kings. The turnover is there and Ferreira trying to muscle his way outside of his 10 but the Sharks not allowing it. They send it back and the ball is cleared
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Both teams kicking almost aimlessly. The ball with the Sharks and Lambi gives a poor pass. The referee blows for offside to the Kings regardless. Lambi kicks into touch at the 22 of the Kings
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The ball is cleared by the visitors. The Sharks try to find a gap but the Kings show them none. Classens takes the ball from the ruck and clears. The Kings do the same
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The Sharks with a maul after the line-out and they make it to the 5 but the referee blows to stop play. Line-out again at the 22 of the Kings
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The Kings clear immediately and the ball goes into touch. Line-out at the 22. Both teams fumbling a catch at the 5 of the Kings. The referee blows for a penalty and play is called back to the line-out
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Quinton Immelman blows for the game to start. and Lambi gets the game underway with a deep kick
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The teams now exiting the tunnel
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The Sharks have made the second most tackles of any side this season. Their tackle success rate is third highest
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Lambi making an appearance again after his injury. The panel emphasising his importance in this match, particularly for national selection
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The Kings need a win in this game, coming into this fixture with no wins in their last 5
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Of the three games played between these two sides, the Sharks have won all of them. The most recent victory being 43-8
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  • 13 Stefan Watermeyer
  • 14 Lukhanyo Am
  • 15 Jurgen Visser
  • 16 Martin Bezuidenhout
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Fri, 20 May 2016 01:32

IN THE SPOTLIGHT. Jan de Koning looks at the last four matches in Part Two of Super Rugby's Round 13.

Let's start with the BIG match of the weekend, the north-south derby - the Bulls hosting the Stormers in Pretoria.

It is always a special occasion, even when one of the teams is in a slump.

The Stormers lead the Bulls by a mere three points at the top of the Africa One conference, with both sides having won six of 10 games and the difference on the table coming from the Stormers' ability to regularly pick up a losing bonus point.

The Stormers will have to make do without co-captain Juan de Jongh, who has a hamstring injury.

However, the silver lining for coach Robbie Fleck is the news that Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth is ready to play again.

The Blues will be looking to bounce back from last week's hammering at the hands of the Lions when they stop off in Perth - on their way home to Auckland - to play a Western Force team fresh from a win in their last outing (40-22 over the Sunwolves) with a bye sandwiched in between.

The Lions, leaders in Africa Two conference, will fancy their chances when they play a depleted Jaguares side - who have both captain Agustin Creevy and back row forward Leonardo Senatore suspended.

The Sharks, who lie second in that conference, play the bottom-placed Southern Kings.

And then, of course, it is the Loftus showdown - the Bulls against the Stormers.

Saturday, May 21:

The Blues are desperate to end their three-match road-trip with a win, on a winning fashion note - especially after last week's embarrassing loss to the Lions.

However, they face a Force team coming off a bye and with a morale-boosting win over the Sunwolves the week before.

Force coach Michael Foley said the team is well rested and looking to carry their form from Tokyo back to Perth on Saturday.

"We used the first few days of the bye week to recover and the back end of the week to reinforce some of the positives from the Sunwolves match," he said.

Foley believes his team found the formula for success that had eluded them earlier in the season - when they lost seven matches on the trot.

"In Tokyo, we played the type of rugby we've been working towards," the coach said.

"The biggest difference came as a result of us focusing on enjoying the game and attacking every contest without fear.

"Without doubt, there have been times where our disappointment as a result of not getting things 'right' held us back, but I believe the boys now have not only a clear picture of the type of game we're chasing, but also the attitude that allows us to enjoy games while we continue to improve."

Blues captain James Parsons said the embarrassment of their 5-43 loss to the Lions would be a key tool in turning the result around.

"There's a natural edge obviously," he said of the team's build-up towards the Perth outing.

Parsons, and assistant coach Glenn Moore, re-emphasised the point that the week's build-up to the game had been the best of the season.

Parson said they had plans in place to cover any eventuality in terms of the weather - it rained throughout the game in Johannesburg.

"We certainly didn't institute the plans we wanted and I suppose there was that disappointment, but flip that on its head it was a great learning curve for us, we're a young group and I think we can feed off that experience," he said.

Recent results:
2015: Blues won 41-24, Auckland
2014: Blues won 40-14, Perth
2012: Blues won 32-9, Auckland
2011: Force and Blues drew 22-all, Perth
2010: Blues won 38-17, Auckland
2009: Blues won 25-19, Perth

Prediction: The Blues are undefeated in their last six games against the Force and have lost to the Western Australian team only once in Super Rugby history (2008). The Force have lost their last four games at home when hosting a team from New Zealand, scoring an average of just 12 points per game in that span and conceding 31. The Blues have won only one of their last 14 games away from home, though they are yet to lose consecutive away games this season. Ihaia West has kicked 21 successful penalty goals so far this season, the most of any player, and has missed eight further attempts. Matt Hodgson has made 145 tackles so far this season and is five shy of becoming the first player to make 150, he currently sits 26 tackles above second ranked Michael Hooper. It is difficult to fathom who has been more dire - the Force or Blues. The home ground factor will give the Force hope, but the Blues should win by 10 to 15 points.


Western Force: 15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Marcel Brache, 13 Ben Tapuai, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Luke Morahan, 10 Ian Prior, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Matt Hodgson (captain), 6 Brynard Stander, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Ross Haylett-Petty, 3 Guy Millar, 2 Harry Scoble, 1 Francois Van Wyk.
Replacements: 16 Anaru Rang, 17 Pek Cowan, 18 Tetera Faulkner, 19 Rory Walton, 20 Angus Cottrell, 21 Ryan Louwrens, 22 Luke Burton, 23 Semisi Masirewa.

Blues: 15 Melani Nanai, 14 Matt Duffie, 13 George Moala, 12 Piers Francis, 11 Tevita Li, 10 Ihaia West, 9 Billy Guyton, 8 Steven Luatua, 7 Tanerau Latimer, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Josh Bekhuis, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 James Parsons (captain), 1 Sam Prattley.
Replacements: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 18 Sione Mafileo, 19 Hoani Matenga, 20 Kara Pryor, 21 Bryn Hall, 22 Matt McGahan, 23 Male Sa'u.

Referee: Jamie Nutbrown (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Rohan Hoffmann (Australia), Jordan Way (Australia)
TMO: Peter Marshall (Australia)

The Lions will be looking to consolidate their position at the top of the African conference.

However, they have to overcome a stiff challenge from a much-improved Jaguares team - which went down fighting when they lost 22-25 to the Sharks last week.

Lions coach Johan Ackermann warned his team against complacency - which cost his team dearly against the Hurricanes earlier in the season.

Ackerman spoke about the quality remaining in the team, despite the ban of two key players - captain Agustin Creevy (one-week ban for dangerous tackle) and No.8 Leonardo Senatore (10-week ban for biting).

"You would be a fool if you take this Argentinean side lightly," Ackermann said.

"They have a large number of their World Cup players in the squad and you don't play for your national team unless you are a very good player."

Ackermann said he felt the Jaguares were unlucky not to get a win in some of the games.

"They were never really humiliated in any games," the Lions mentor said, adding: "There were one or two games where they lost with more than seven points, but they were always in it.

"If you look at their No.9 and No.10 combination, the locks and the front rows, it is all guys we will see soon in the international season.

"It is a quality side and we have to play to our highest standards."

Jaguares No.8 Facundo Isa - in for the suspended Senatore - said Johannesburg's high altitude of 1,700 will be a factor.

"It is a topic which we have discussed and hopefully we will all adapt," Isa said.

The loose forward pointed to the Lions' record of seven wins from 10 starts and their 43-5 humiliation of the Blues last week as indicators that it will be a tough day at the park.

"Our analysis made it clear they like to play from everywhere and are very strong ball carriers.

"In many ways they are a team like Sharks. We know that when we get opportunities we must make them count and score."

He felt they have shown this season - and particularly against the Sharks last week - showed the Jaguares can compete with the best.

Previous results:
These teams have not met before.

Prediction: This Jaguares' only away win so far in Super Rugby came in Round One when they visited South Africa to play the Cheetahs. Each of the Lions' last 14 matches have seen the full-time result mirror the half-time results. The Lions have won only one of their last four games against teams from outside of South Africa, though that win came in their most recent such fixture in Round 12. The Lions have won nine turnovers per game this season, the most of any team and 2.3 more per game than the Jaguares who average the third fewest. Elton Jantjies has kicked 44 goals for the season, the most of any player, and is one of only five players (all of whom are South African based) to have kicked a goal from beyond the halfway line. It will be tough and the Jaguares will push the Lions all the way, but in the end the home team will win by eight points.


Lions: 15 Jaco van der Walt, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Howard Mnisi , 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Francois de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Lourens Erasmus, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Armand van der Merwe, 1 Corne Fourie.
Replacements: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Dylan Smith, 18 Jacques van Rooyen, 19 Ruan Ackermann, 20 Warwick Tecklenburg, 21 Ross Cronje, 22 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 23 Sylvian Mahuza

Jaguares: 15 Joaquín Tuculet, 14 Emiliano Boffelli, 13 Juan Martin Hernández, 12 Matías Orlando, 11 Lucas González Amorosino, 10 Nicolás Sánchez, 9 Martín Landajo (captain), 8 Facundo Isa, 7 Tomás Lezana, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Tomás Lavanini, 4 Matías Alemanno, 3 Ramiro Herrera, 2 Julián Montoya, 1 Santiago García Botta.
Replacements: 16 Facundo Bosch, 17 Facundo Gigena, 18 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 19 Guido Petti, 20 Javier Ortega Desio, 21 Gonzalo Bertranou, 22 Santiago González Iglesias, 23 Ramiro Moyano.

Referee: Stuart Berry (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Cwengile Jadezweni (South Africa), Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa)
TMO: Willie Vos (South Africa)

The Sharks - just two points behind - will look to keep the pressure up on the Lions in the race for Africa Two conference honours.

With Springbok flyhalf Patrick Lambie now back to full fitness and starting at flyhalf, the KwaZulu-Natalians will be looking to continue their recent resurgence - with three wins in their last four matches.

The Kings have some serious firepower back and Sharks Director of Rugby Gary Gold struck a very cautionary note for his team this week.

"We had work to do after our performance against the Jaguares [a fortuitous 25-22 win last week], but we are happy with the character shown to dig deep and find a way to win in tough conditions," Gold said.

Gold dismissed the notion that the Kings - with just one win from 10 starts - is a guaranteed win for his side.

"Every week you need to be at your best in this competition and our match against the Kings is no exception," Gold said.

"They have been working hard and improving each week and they will be ready for the fight this weekend.

"We as a group are very determined to improve each week and it is critically important for us to continue doing so."

Kings coach Deon Davids spoke about the need to focus on getting the basics right and making the right decisions throughout the game.

The Kings have been inconsistent all season, but were bolstered by the return of captain Steven Sykes and veteran prop Schalk Ferreira, two of the most experienced players.

However, Davids said it would require a team effort, rather than individual brilliance to beat the Sharks.

"I think all the players have the ability to make an impact," Davids said.

Previous results:
2016: Sharks 43-8, Port Elizabeth
2013: Sharks won 58-13, Durban
2013: Sharks won 21-12, Port Elizabeth

Prediction: This will be only the fourth clash between these teams; the Sharks have won all three previous meetings by a combined 122-33 score line. The Sharks have won three and drawn one of their last five games against South African opponents, though they've not scored more than 18 points in any of their last three such fixtures. The Kings have lost their last three games on the trot, conceding 141 points in the process. The Sharks have been forced to make 127 tackles per game so far this season, the second most of any team in the competition, yet they still boast the third best tackle success of any side (86 percent). The Sharks have averaged the fewest carries of any team this season (85.2 per game), however the Kings have gained the fewest metres on average (324). The Sharks will win, it is just a matter of the margin. Don't be surprised in the winning margin exceeds 50 points.


Sharks: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie (captain), 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 Mahlatse Ralepelle, 1 Dale Chadwick.
Replacements: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Thomas du Toit, 19 Lubabalo Mtyanda, 20 Lubabalo 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, 11 Luzuko Vulindlu, 10 Louis Fouche, 9 Ntando Kebe, 8 Aidon Davis, 7 Thembelani Bholi, 6 Stefan Willemse, 5 Schalk Oelofse, 4 Steven Sykes (captain), 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Martin Ferreira , 1 Schalk Ferreira.
Replacements: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Justin Ackerman, 18 Tom Botha, 19 John-Charles Astle, 20 Jacques Engelbrecht, 21 Kevin Luiters, 22 Elgar Watts, 23 Leighton Eksteen.

Referee: Quinton Immelman
Assistant referees: Rodney Bonaparte, Archie Sehlako
TMO: Marius Jonker

The Bulls and Stormers are both coming off disappointing trips abroad - the Bulls having lost their last two matches in Australia and the Stormers playing to a 17-all draw against the lowly Sunwolves.

The Bulls are hoping to avoid a record fifth straight loss against their fierce southern rivals, the Stormers.

Not that matches between these two are even in need of additions motivation - but with just three points separating them it is a conference decider.

Tradition dictates that it will be another bruising derby.

Bulls coach Nollis Marais was quick to accept the underdog for a game where there is never any love lost.

"They're travelling up north with a point to prove after their draw [against the Sunwolves] in Singapore last week," Marais said.

"When we met in Cape Town earlier in the competition, they used their bench to good effect, so we have to be prepared for that.

"A match between the two sides is always very tough and tense and I expect the same on Saturday."

Stormers coach Robbie Fleck all week spoke of his team's desire to set the record straight after last week's dire effort .

"Week-in and week-out we want to be in a position where we have to compete and be at our best," Fleck said, adding: "We certainly weren't against the Sunwolves and we need to cop that, understand it and learn from it.

"It is now a real situation where every single game counts."

Fleck knows that his side are in for a serious test against a competitive Bulls side.

"Our backs are against the wall, but so are theirs, they are coming off two losses and are playing in front of their home fans, so it is going to be a helluva game and we are excited about making amends for last week," Fleck said.

"The players know that we have to make a big step up in terms of our performance, and we have worked incredibly hard this week to ensure that we are at our best"

Bulls captain Adriaan Strauss said he expected a typical arm-wrestle.

"We always have massive clashes with the Stormers," Strauss said.

"It is one of those matches everybody wants to play and to be part of.

"This team have a great opportunity to deliver a proper performances in front of our fans against a formidable foe. We will be ready," Strauss added.

Recent results:
2016: Stormers won 33-9, Cape Town
2015: Stormers won 15-13, Cape Town
2015: Stormers won 29-17, Pretoria
2014: Stormers won 16-0, Cape Town
2014: Bulls won 28-12, Pretoria
2013: Stormers won 30-13, Cape Town
2013: Bulls won 25-17, Pretoria

Prediction: The Stormers have won their last four games against the Bulls; a fifth straight win would be their longest victory run in the history of this fixture. The Bulls are the only team in the competition who are still undefeated at home. The Bulls have scored only 14 points in their last two Super Rugby games, never before in the history of the competition have the Bulls been restricted to single figures in three consecutive games. The Bulls have conceded just 6.8 clean breaks and 6.5 offloads per game, the fewest of any team in the competition in both categories, while they have also missed the fewest tackles per game this season (13.7). No player has stolen more line-outs than Stormers' pair Eben Etzebeth (nine) and Pieter-Steph du Toit (seven) so far this season. The Stormers, based on their superior set pieces, will ease to a win of 15 points or more.


Bulls: 15 SP Marais, 14 Jamba Ulengo, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Travis Ismaiel, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Arno Botha, 7 Jannes Kirsten, 6 Pieter Labuschagne , 5 Rudolph Snyman, 4 Jason Jenkins, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Lizo Gqoboka.
Replacements: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Pierre Schoeman, 19 Grant Hattingh, 20 Deon Stegmann, 21 Rudy Paige, 22 Tian Schoeman, 23 Dries Swanepoel.

Stormers: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Johnny Kotze, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Schalk Burger, 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe (captain), 2 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 1 Oliver Kebble.
Replacements: 16 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 17 Alistair Vermaak, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Rynhardt Elstadt, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Brandon Thomson, 23 Huw Jones.

Referee: Ben O'Keeffe
Assistant referees: Glen Jackson, AJ Jacobs
TMO: Johan Greeff

Compiled by Jan de Koning

* Statistical information provided by Opta Sports

Patrick Lambie (7min), Paul Jordaan (18min), Willie le Roux (21min), Paul Jordaan (24min), Andre Esterhuizen (33min), JP Pietersen (37min), Patrick Lambie (48min), and Thomas Du Toit (76min)
Patrick Lambie (20min), Patrick Lambie (23min), Patrick Lambie (25min), Patrick Lambie (34min), and Patrick Lambie (38min)
Patrick Lambie (13min)
VENUE Durban
REFEREE Quinton Immelman