The Crusaders go head to-head with the Sharks in Christchurch as the Super Rugby quarter-finals continue. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match from 5:35pm (AEST).
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Sharks vs Stormers
Super Rugby, 22 April, 2018
|Kings Park Stadium|
|Fulltime - Sharks 24, Stormers 17|
|Referee: Glen Jackson|
|Touch judges: Egon Seconds & Cwengile Jadezweni|
|TMO: Marius Jonker|
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The Sharks and Stormers will both look to reverse their fortunes and keep in touch with the top of the South African conference when they clash in Round 10. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 1:15am (AEST).
The Sharks are a shell of the team that ran 63 points up on the Blues a few weeks ago. While that was a solid performance in attack, they let in 40 points, and that defensive deficiency has been more prominent as their attack abandoned them.
While they had a one-point loss at home to the Hurricanes in Round 8, it seemed to sap all the confidence out of them last week, as the Bulls ran over the top of them, 40-10.
Their offence was non-existent and defence not much better in a crucial game, which would have made qualifying for the finals – even at this point of the season – that little bit easier down the stretch.
The Sharks and Stormers are currently sitting third and fourth in the South African conference respectively, well behind the Lions, who lead. With wildcard positions up for grabs though, every game is still important.
The Stormers will be the fresher team, having had a bye last week, but they had two straight losses before that, including conceding 50 against the Lions in their last outing.
Neither team have been playing well, but the Sharks have home-ground advantage and should be able to make that count for something.
Sharks by 6.
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