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The Sale Sharks return to action in front of their own fans on Friday, after their 2015 tour, which saw them end a six match losing streak, when they beat the Reds in Brisbane by 21-14. They will hope to make it back-to-back victories when they host the Rebels on Friday in Round 16. With a home record in 2015 of three wins and three defeats, the Sharks who have had such a disappointing season, will hope that they can finish on a high, with the Stormers also due to visit Durban, after the Rebels, to conclude the Sharks Super Rugby campaign.
The Melbourne based Rebels were easily beaten last weekend in Cape Town by the Stormers 15-31, a result that effectively ended their interests in the play-offs. Although their overall record in 2015 is six wins and seven defeats, the Melbourne Rebels have recorded three wins on the road, against the Crusaders, Force and Brumbies. However, on Friday they will start the game still searching for a first ever win on South African soil, after nine previous defeats.
That search appears likely to go on into 2016, given that the Sharks have won 13 of the previous 15 games against Australian teams in Durban. and that they have won all three previous encounters between the two sides.
Posted: 23rd March 2013
Saturday, March 23rd, Super Rugby will see the Sharks and the Melbourne Rebels play in Durban. The Sale Sharks are the team in the number two spot in the South African standings for that conference. They have three wins and four games played without a bye. They have 12 points from those three wins. The Bulls are in the spot above them, currently with 13 points as they have exactly the same record as the Sharks, but they were able to grab a bonus point. The Cheetahs are in third, followed by the Stormers and the Southern Kings.
The Melbourne Rebels are in fourth place right now, with the Waratahs below them and Force above them. All three teams have a bye and one win for a total of nine points earned. The Brumbies lead the Australian Conference with 23 points.
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