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Everything you need to know about the Stormers vs Sharks

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The Sharks and Stormers have everything to play for as they approach the Super Rugby qualifying rounds. Everything depends on the outcome of the final pool match against the Sharks and Stormers in Cape Town.

According to the Sharks’ official website, the congestion on the South African Conference log means that going down to the final game of the weekend, the permutations are numerous.

With the Bulls and Lions locking horns in the other South African derby, it means that the teams’ respective destinies will only be determined at the final whistle of the final game of the pool stages.

Stormers team and injury news

There are only four changes to the Stormers’ backline while fit-again hooker Scarra Ntubeni features in the only change among the forward replacements.

There is an all-new halfback pairing of Jano Vermaak and Josh Stander, while Damian de Allende is back in midfield and Seabelo Senatla returns from injury to take his place out on the wing.

Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck said that his team is looking forward to what should be a classic South African derby at Newlands.

“We have performed well at home this season and this is another opportunity for us to use that to our advantage.

“The key in a match like this will be to remain composed and accurate while operating at high intensity. It should be a great game to watch,” he said.

Stormers: 15 Dillyn Leyds, 14 Seabelo Senatla, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Edwill van der Merwe, 10 Josh Stander, 9 Jano Vermaak1, 8 Jaco Coetzee, 7 Johan du Toit, 6 Ernst van Rhyn, 5 Chris van Zyl, 4 Cobus Wiese, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff (c)

Substitutes: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 David Meihuizen, 20 Chris Massyn, 21 Justin Phillips, 22 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 23 Dan Kriel

Sharks team and injury news

In some great news for the Sharks, both Beast Mtawarira and Cameron Wright are back from injury.

Mtawarira takes over from Mzamo Majola in the front row, with Majola playing off the bench while Ruben van Heerden will move to the starting line-up this week in the absence of Ruan Botha who has been battling with a nerve impingement on his foot.

Aphelele Fassi reverts to fullback for Curwin Bosch who has an ankle injury.

Craig Burden has tweaked his hamstring and is also unavailable which opens the door of opportunity for Cullen Collopy.  Gideon Koegelenberg provides lock cover on the bench and utility back Rhyno Smith is named on the bench.

Sharks: 15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 S’bu Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Louis Schreuder (c), 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Tyler Paul, 6 Jacques Vermeulen, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Kerron van Vuuren, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Cullen Collopy, 17 Mzamo Majola, 18 Thomas du Toit, 19 Gideon Koegelenberg, 20 Luke Stringer, 21 Cameron Wright, 22 Jeremy Ward, 23 Rhyno Smith

Kick off time

Saturday, 15 June at 15:05 (SAST).

TV & Live Stream

The game will be broadcast live on SuperSport 1 (SS1).

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