150-up for Beast as Sharks look to spoil Crusaders' party
Cape Town - The Sharks will look to give veteran prop Tendai "Beast" Mtawarira the perfect celebration when he plays his 150th Super Rugby match against the Crusaders in Christchurch on Saturday.
Kick-off is at 09:35 SA time.
Mtawarira currently holds the record for being the most capped Super Rugby player for a single franchise - with 149 caps - and is just behind now retired Bulls hooker
Adriaan Strauss who is the most capped South African Super Rugby player
of all time - with 156 caps.
Meanwhile, the Sharks named an unchanged matchday 23 for the match, while the Crusaders welcomed back a number of rested All Blacks stars.
The Sharks finished in eighth place in the final standings, a full 27 points behind the eight-time title triumphing Crusaders, winning exactly half the number of matches (14 v 7).
In a quirk of the tournament format, the Crusaders and Sharks didn't
face each other this season, nor did they clash last year.
fact, it's been a full 28 months since the sides last faced off against
one another, in Durban, with the Crusaders edging a close encounter
BET.co.za have the Crusaders as 19.5-point handicap favourites and 7/100 for the outright victory. The Sharks are 8/1 for an upset victory, while the draw can be taken at 33/1.
15 David Havili, 14 Seta Tamanivalu,
13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo'unga, 9
Bryn Hall, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Sam Whitelock
(captain), 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Tim Perry
16 Andrew Makalio, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Michael Alaalatoa, 19 Luke
Romano, 20 Pete Samu, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 Manasa
Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 Hyron
Andrews, 20 Wian Vosloo, 21 Cameron Wright, 22 Marius Louw, 23 Makazole