The Sharks are back in Durban again and know that, once again this week, nothing less than 5 points will do if they want to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.
The Blues are just as desperate, though and in order to really capitalise on two easier matches to come (against the Lions and Cheetahs), they’ll need to throw everything they have into coming away from Durban with some points.
It’s not going to be easy for them, though, as the Sharks have bested them every time these two sides have met since the Super 12 was expanded to 14 teams in 2006.
Ref: Mark Lawrence (South Africa)
ARs: Jaco Peyper (South Africa), Christie du Preez (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)
Venue: ABSA Stadium, Durbana
Kick-off: 17:05 SA Time, 16:05 BST
The Sharks: 15 Patrick Lambie, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Stefan Terblanche, 12 Andries Strauss, 11 JP Pietersen, 10 Andy Goode, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Willem Alberts, 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Jacques Botes, 5 Johann Muller, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 John Smit (captain).
Replacements: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Tendai Mtawarira, 18 Alistair Hargreaves, 19 Michael Rhodes, 20 Rory Kockott, 21 Riaan Swanepoel, 22 Lwazi Mvovo.
Blues: 15 Isaia Toeava, 14 Joe Rokocoko, 13 Benson Stanley, 12 Luke McAlister, 11 Rudi Wulf, 10 Stephen Brett, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Peter Saili, 7 Serge Lilo, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Filo Paulo, 4 Kurtis Haiu, 3 John Afoa, 2 Keven Mealamu (captain), 1 Tony Woodcock.
Replacements: 16 Tom McCartney, 17 Tevita Mailau/Charlie Faumuina, 18 Andrew Van der Heijden, 19 Viliami Ma’afu, 20 Chris Smylie, 21 Rene Ranger, 22 Paul Williams.