Scarlets vs Sharks
The Scarlets play host to a Springbok laden Sharks team in this URC match. The home team have no realistic chance of making the playoffs while the visitors are desperate for a win that will get them one step closer to the playoffs. They are currently in 7th spot, just three points ahead of the ninth placed Benetton. Scarlets have run into a purple patch although they lost an absolute thriller of a match 49-42 to Munster last time out. It was one of the most remarkable comebacks of the season as they trailed 35-7 at halftime.
TIP: The Sharks will need to be at their best even though they have their national players back as the Scarlets have been in excellent form especially at home. They have won their last five matches at home across the different competitions and have only lost one of their last seven. The Sharks will look to attack them at the set piece as the Durban based side certainly have the advantage in the forwards. The bookies have the Sharks as favourites and I’m also tipping them for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.55, Gbets 1.57 and Hollywoodbets 1.54
HEAD TO HEAD STATS
Scarlets vs Sharks
- In the only previous meeting between these teams, the Sharks won 37-20.
Latest results for both teams
The Scarlets lost 49-42 to Munster in their last match while the Sharks 29-23 to the Stormers in their last match
The recipe of the Scarlets late season success has been them going back to their running game and keeping ball in hand. This should be the tactic in this match as the Sharks have a heavy pack that may struggle with the tempo as many of their players haven’t played in a long time. The visitors will be hoping that their all Springbok front row will win them penalties at scrum time so that they can unleash their deadly maul on the Scarlets. Much will depend on how Curwin Bosch plays and if he can link up his dangerous backline then the Sharks will win the match. I am predicting a Sharks win by 12 points.
Probable Starting XVs
15 Johnny McNicholl, 14 Steff Evans, 13 Ioan Nicholas, 12 Jonathan Davies (captain), 11 Ryan Conbeer, 10 Sam Costelow, 9 Dane Blacker, 8 Sione Kalamafoni, 7 Josh Macleod, 6 Aaron Shingler, 5 Sam Lousi, 4 Vaea Fifita, 3 WillGriff John, 2 Ryan Elias, 1 Kemsley Mathias.
15 Henry Chamberlain, 14 Werner Kok, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Grant Williams, 8 Phendulani Buthelezi (captain), 7 Jeandre Labuschagne, 6 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Carlu Sadie, 2 Dan Jooste, 1 Thomas du Toit
Odds for this bet
The best odds on the Sharks victory are as follows:
Odds comparison on the Sharks handicap:
The complete odds on the Sharks handicap:
Betway 1.90 (-4.5)
Gbets 1.88 (-4.5)
Hollywoodbets 1.88 (-4.5)
Predictions and Odds in details
There are decent returns on the Sharks outright win but if you looking for better odds then we suggest the home team on the handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.90 (-4.5), Gbets 1.88 (-4.5) and Hollywoodbets 1.88 (-4.5)
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