The Sharks return from tour to host the Brumbies who have been waiting for them in SA since last week.
There is an interesting observation and comment around this game.
Jake White commented on boots and all that the Brumbies regularly have bad tours in SA and that they almost always lose their first game on tour before getting it right later in the tour.
Also the Brumbies beat the Sharks in Durban on their last visit in 2007. In 2007 the Sharks were riding a nine-match winning streak at home and Mortlock was scratched after breaking his hand the previous week in a first-up tour loss for the Brumbies to the Cheetahs. The brumbies then went on to beat the Sharks and Lions the following weekends. Quite a similar situation to this year’s competition.
The Sharks have not beaten the Brumbies since 2005 and that was also in Durban.
Will Bryce Lawrence win the game?
Or will it be either the Sharks or the Brumbies?
Venue: Absa Stadium, Durban
Kick-off: 17:00 Local time
Ref: Bryce Lawrence (New Zealand)
ARs: Marius Jonker (South Africa), Garratt Williamson (New Zealand)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)
15 Stefan Terblanche, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Adrian Jacobs, 12 Riaan Swanepoel, 11 JP Pietersen, 10 Francois Steyn, 9 Rory Kockott, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Keegan Daniel, 6 Jacques Botes, 5 Johann Muller (captain), 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
16 John Smit, 17 Deon Carstens, 18 Albert van den Berg, 19 Skholiwe Ndlovu, 20 Charl McLeod, 21 Monty Dumond, 22 Luzuko Vulindlu.
15 Mark Gerrard, 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 13 Tyrone Smith, 12 Gene Fairbanks, 11 Clyde Rathbone, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 Joshua Holmes, 8 Julian Salvi, 7 George Smith (captain), 6 Mitchell Chapman, 5 Mark Chisholm, 4 Ben Hand, 3 Guy Shepherdson, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Ben Alexander.
16 Huia Edmonds, 17 Salesi Ma’afu, 18 Shawn Mackay, 19 Peter Kimlin, 20 Patrick Phibbs, 21 Alfi Mafi, 22 Matt Toomua.