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Saturday 14th February 15:05 GMT

 

The Sharks who were the comfortable winners of the South African Conference in Super Rugby 2014, finishing third in the overall table, start the new season with a home game at Kings Park Stadium in Durban, against the team that finished last in the conference in 2014, the Cheetahs. 2015 provided a desperately disappointing finish for the Sharks, who led the overall table for all but one round of the first 16, but slipped up in the final weeks, to end a point adrift of second place Crusaders, and miss out on the vital home advantage for any potential semi-final.

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Last season provided few crumbs of comfort for the Cheetahs, who languished at the bottom of the South African Conference, finishing seven points behind the Lions, and registering just four wins in their 16 Super Rugby fixtures. Former England international Mouritz Botha will start for the Sharks, with Gary Gold the Director of Rugby also giving a start to the returning Shark Waylon Murray , although recent signing Jean Deysel has to be content with a place on the bench.

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Saturday's match in Durban will be the 14th time that the two sides have met, with the Sharks holding the advantage with eight wins, while one match has been drawn. The Cheetahs have a good record at Kings Park, where they have won three out of seven games. Last season the teams met twice, with both sides winning their home fixture.

Posted: 19th April 2014

 

The New South Wales Waratahs may only be third in the Australian Conference, but they still occupy one of the wild card play-off positions in Super Rugby 2014. On Saturday they play has in Kings Park Stadium, Sydney to the Natal Sharks from South Africa who finds themselves just outside the play-off positions, but with the disadvantage of having played eight matches, which is a game more than most of the sides around them in the table.

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The two sides have met on 17 occasions in Super Rugby stretching back to 1998, with the home side recording seven victories. However, of the last eight games that the teams have contested, all eight have resulted in wins for the Bulls. The last time that the Cheetahs managed to beat the Sharks in Sydney, the venue for Saturday's clash, was back in 2005, when they were victorious in the semi-final. Both sides come into the game on the back of a defeat. The Cheetahs were beaten last time out, by the emergent Western Force in Perth, while the Bulls lost in Dunedin to the Highlanders. This season, the Waratahs have remained unbeaten at home, while the Bulls have yet to record a success on the road.

Posted: 14th July 2012

On Saturday, the 14th of July, the Natal Sharks and the Cheetahs will play in Durban at 17:05 local time and 15:05 GMT in the Super Rugby. The Sharks are in seventh on the Super Rugby Standings, with a total of fifty four points earned, and ten points from bonus points. They have played a total of fifteen games, and have been able to win nine of them with the other six ending up as losses. As for the Cheetahs, they come in at the number ten spot with five wins and ten losses out of fifteen games played. They have a total of thirty eight points right now.

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The top three teams in the standings are the Chiefs in first, the Stormers taking second place and the Brumbies coming in third. The three Wildcard teams are in fourth through sixth and they are the Hurricanes, Crusaders and the Bulls.


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Posted: 14th February 2015


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