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The Breakdown: Force in a vacuum

Perth's side are the talk of the town for all the wrong reasons, while the Brumbies smell Bulls blood, the Reds tackle the Stormers and the Tahs meet the Rebels.

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ABSA Stadium, Durban, Sunday 1.05am (AEST)
Last meeting:
Round 5 2011 - Chiefs 15 bt Sharks 9 at Waikato Stadium
Head-to-head:
Played 16 Sharks 9 Chiefs 7
In Durban: Played 7 Sharks 4 Chiefs 3
Referee: Garratt Williamson (NZL)
TV:
Live, FoxSports 3
TAB Sportsbet:
Sharks $1.70 Chiefs $2.05

Greg Growden writes: For a bigger than big match, the Sharks have made it clear who they must stop- Chiefs centre Sonny Bill Williams. Sharks coach John Plumtree said the Chiefs base ’a lot of their play around Sonny Bill.’ ‘‘He’s a big guy, a big, big guy.’’ We got it. He’s big.

AAP writes: The Chiefs lead Super Rugby after six straight victories and their best-ever start to a season. They're well positioned, but a win in Durban would only solidify the belief in the side come finals time. This match is crucial for the Sharks, who could begin to lose touch with the South African Conference-leading Bulls and Stormers if they fail to win at home. The Sharks won two out of four matches on the road in New Zealand and Australia, and will be happy to get back home and find some consistency. Captain Keegan Daniel has been superb for the Sharks all season and the Chiefs will need to keep his damaging ball running in check. After last week's win over the Cheetahs, the Chiefs have settled in well in South Africa and their game-breaking backline and tough defensive attitude makes them awfully hard to beat.

SHARKS: TBA

CHIEFS: TBA

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Perth's side are the talk of the town for all the wrong reasons, while the Brumbies smell Bulls blood, the Reds tackle the Stormers and the Tahs meet the Rebels.

Expert tips

Fairfax's panel of experts's tips for round 18.

Bulls v Brumbies

Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria, Sunday 3.10am (AEST)

Highlanders v Blues

Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, Friday 5.35pm (AEST)

Reds v Stormers

Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Friday 7.40pm (AEST)

Hurricanes v Crusaders

Westpac Stadium, Wellington, Saturday 5.35pm (AEST)

Waratahs v Rebels

Allianz Stadium, Sydney, Saturday 7.40pm (AEST)

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