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Stormers vs Sharks
Super Rugby, 8 July, 2018
|Fulltime - Stormers 27, Sharks 16|
|Referee: Jaco Peyper|
|Touch judges: Stephan Geldenhuys & Archie Sehlako|
|TMO: Marius Jonker|
The Sharks will find themselves in a must-win situation during Round 18 of the Super Rugby season when they travel to face the defensively strong, but struggling Stormers. Join The Roar for live scores from 1:15am (AEST).
It’s been a frustrating season to say the least for the Stormers. At times, they have looked like a team capable of so much more than what they have actually produced on the field.
The Cape Town-based outfit are now ten points out of the top eight sides in the competition and therefore, with only two rounds to play, can no longer make the finals.
It’s frustrating in that they probably have the talent to do so, but their aim from here will be to rain on the Sharks parade.
The Sharks have essentially been their own worst enemy. They have been dreadfully inconsistent with six wins from their 14 games, including only two of the last four.
They bring a seven-point win over the Lions at home last week into this one. While the Lions are the top team in the South African conference ladder-wise, they aren’t leaps and bounds ahead of the Sharks, so it’s hard to assess their form given the losses they suffered before the June international window.
The Sharks are only three points out of the eight though, so a win here would jump them ahead of the Rebels with just one round to play.
Still, they must improve their form to not only reach the top eight, but then go on with it over the quarter-finals.
The Stormers are going to be right up against it, even at home. The Sharks have it all to play for as they aim to keep their slim finals chances alive, so they should get the job done here.
Sharks by 8.
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