Sharks v Force
Mr Price Kings Park, Durban, Sunday 1.05am (AEST)
Last meeting: Round 3 2011 - Sharks 39 bt Force 12 at nib Stadium, Perth.
Head-to-head: Played 6 Sharks 5 Force 1
In Durban: Played 3 Sharks 3 Force 0
Referee: Mark Lawrence (RSA)
TV: Live, FoxSports 3
TAB Sportsbet: Sharks $1.14 Force $5.25
Greg Growden writes: The Force discovered the trials of being on the road when they suffered an abominable refereeing performance against the Cheetahs. Mark Lawrence should give them a far better deal in Durban. Then again anything would be better than Bloemfontein.
AAP writes: The Sharks are well positioned to secure a wildcard finals berth, but they can’t afford to drop matches like this. Five-eighth Patrick Lambie is in tremendous form and will be keen to continue pushing his case for a Springboks No.10 jersey. The Sharks crushed the Highlanders last week and are now just three points away from leapfrogging the Otago-based side into sixth place on the ladder. The Western Force are out to salvage something from this year and will be determined to get off the bottom of the Australian Conference. The Force were desperately unlucky not to topple the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein last week and a similar performance will at least see them stay competitive at the Shark Tank in Durban.
SHARKS: Louis Ludik, JP Pietersen,Paul Jordaan, Tim Whitehead, Lwazi Mvovo, Patrick Lambie, Charl McLeod, Keegan Daniel (c), Marcell Coetzee, Jacques Botes, Anton Bresler, Steven Sykes, Jannie du Plessis, Bismarck du Plessis, Tendai Mtawarira. Reserves: Craig Burden, Wiehahn Herbst, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Jean Deysel, Ryan Kankowski, Frederic Michalak, Meyer Bosman
FORCE: Alfie Mafi, Sam Wara, Nick Cummins, Winston Stanley, Napolioni Nalaga, David Harvey, Brett Sheehan, Matt Hodgson, David Pocock (c), Richard Brown, Nathan Sharpe, Toby Lynn, Salesi Ma’afu, Nathan Charles, Pek Cowan. Reserves: Elvis Taione, Salesi Manu, Phoenix Battye, Lachlan McCaffrey, Josh Holmes, Ben Seymour, Rory Sidey