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    150-up for Beast as Sharks look to spoil Crusaders' party

    2018-07-19 10:42

    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.

    In 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 19-14.

    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.

    Teams:

    Crusaders

    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

    Substitutes: 16 Andrew Makalio, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Michael Alaalatoa, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Pete Samu, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 Manasa Mataele



    Substitutes: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 Hyron Andrews, 20 Wian Vosloo, 21 Cameron Wright, 22 Marius Louw, 23 Makazole Mapimpi

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