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Preview: Sharks vs Pumas


Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 3 Sep 2015 at 17:58
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The Sharks have been superior against the Pumas over the last four seasons, but the team from Nelspruit has been a thorn in the flesh of the Durban based side in the last two matches, winning both at home.

After getting the better of the Sharks during their opener at the Mbombela Stadium about a month ago, the Sharks have not really shown much improvement as they only managed two close wins from four games, both against the EP Kings.

The Pumas have also only won two out of their four matches, after beating the Sharks they had two heavy defeats against the Lions and a narrow two point win against the Kings in Port Elizabeth.

Both teams are out of the running for home semi-finals as the Lions and Bulls are both on twenty points, followed by the Western Province and Free State Cheetahs both on ten points. The Sharks are currently in fifth place on nine points followed closely by the Pumas on eight points.

Gary Gold has limited his changes to only two injury enforced replacements in his starting xv. Springbok scrumhalf Cobus Reinach makes a welcome return after Michael Claassens picked up an injury last week and Wandile Mjekevu replaces Odwa Ndungane on the right wing. Heimar Williams also comes in on the bench.

The Pumas also welcome back a Springbok, in tight head prop Vincent Koch, who will undoubtedly have a big impact upfront and would want to prove a point to the selectors after his exclusion from the World Cup Squad.

The Sharks would really have to dig deep if they want a convincing win to get their campaign back on track, with scoring four tries as scarce as Sharks teeth along the beaches of the Irish Sea, a bonus point win at home is almost a non-negotiable.

Kick-off is on Saturday 3pm.



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