30-12-2023 Daily Predictions United Rugby Championship Stormers vs Sharks

Stormers vs Sharks

It’s the coastal derby in the URC as the Stormers take on the Sharks at the Cape Town Stadium. The home team have found form at the right time with excellent wins over La Rochelle and the Bulls over consecutive weekends. The Sharks on the other hand cannot buy a win and suffered the embarrassment of losing to the Cheetahs in their last outing. Despite having a Bok laden team, they have struggled to play with any cohesion. The pressure is building on Coach John Plumtree as his team are second from bottom on the log with just seven points from seven games.

TIP: It is scarcely believable that a team that has as many as eight Springboks have struggled as much as the Sharks. They don’t seem to have an identity as to whether they want to play a running or kicking game. The Stormers on the other hand have been superb in defence and look to have found their rhythm in attack with the return of Manie Libbok and Damian Willemse. The bookies have the Stormers as favorites and I’m also tipping them for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.35 Gbets 1.35 and Hollywoodbets 1.36

HEAD-TO-HEAD STATS

Stormers vs Sharks

  • The Stormers are unbeaten in the last five matches between the sides.
  • The last time the Sharks beat the Stormers was in 2021.

Latest results for both teams

The Stormers beat the Bulls 26-20 in their last match while the Sharks lost 32-29 to the Cheetahs in their last match.

PREDICTION

If ever there was a game in which Curwin Bosch found his mojo, then this has to be the match. The Sharks are almost already out of the playoff positions unless they find a drastic improvement in form. The Stormers will be looking to attack the often porous defence of the visitors especially on the wider channels as the Durban team have been weak in this regard. The Sharks will be looking to their pacy scrumhalf Grant Williams to show some of his blistering speed and do some sniping around the rucks to get his team on the front foot. I am predicting a home win by more than 10 points.

Probable Starting XVs

Stormers  

15 Damian Willemse, 14 Suleiman Hartzenberg, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Manie Libbok, 9 Paul de Wet, 8 Hacjivah Dayimani, 7 Ben-Jason Dixon, 6 Deon Fourie (captain), 5 Ruben van Heerden, 4 Adre Smith, 3 Neethling Fouche, 2 Joseph Dweba, 1 Sti Sithole

Sharks  

15 Aphelele Fassi, 14 Werner Kok, 13 Lukhanyo Am (captain), 12 Francois Venter, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Grant Williams, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Phendulani Buthelezi, 6 James Venter, 5 Le Roux Roets, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Kerron van Vuuren, 1 Retshegofaditswe Nche

Odds for this bet

The best odds on the Stormers victory are as follows:

Betway 1.35

Gbets 1.35

Hollywoodbets 1.36

Odds comparison on the Stormers handicap:

The complete odds on the Stormers handicap:

Betway 1.90 (-7.5)

Gbets 1.87 (-7.5)

Hollywoodbets 1.89 (-7.5)

Predictions and Odds in details

There are poor odds on the Stormers outright win but if you are looking for better odds then we suggest backing the home team on the handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.90 (-7.5), Gbets 1.87 (-7.5) and Hollywoodbets 1.89 (-7.5)

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