The Cell C Sharks are on a high after the trashing they gave the Lions last week but as we have seen before that can quickly change.
We have seen plenty of times from South African teams, looking the one week like competition winners and falling flat on their faces the next week.
The Sharks greatest test now is to come out on Saturday against the Jaguares and repeat the brilliant display they showed us against the Lions.
This week will see the return of Jean-Luc du Preez after his injury he picked up while playing in Europe in the offseason.
He will get his first chance from the bench this weekend. This is not just good news for the Sharks but also for Rassie Erasmus who will surely be looking at his performances going forward.
With making sure some international players are fresh for the World Cup later this year, Coach du Preez has given Beast Mtawarira, Coenie Oosthuizen and Jacques Vermeulen a rest this week.
This means that Juan Schoeman and Thomas du Toit will form the front row with Kerron van Vuuren.
Du Preez also brought in Phillip van der Walt for Vermeulen with the same backline intact fro last week.
The Jaguares is a dangerous side and can run riot if teams allow them to play their own game. The Sharks will have to secure ball and make sure to to kick possession away.
The Sharks will concentrate on dominating in the set pieces to put pressure on the Jaguares and if they ca keep that going the Jaguares has shown that their discipline goes out the back door.
Many eyes will be on Du Preez Sharks side to see how they respond after a good win and players like Bosch who had a brilliant game against the Lions.
If the Sharks can repeat that performance, the Jaguares will be in for a very long afternoon in Durban.
Some Interesting Facts (By: OPTA)
- This will be the seventh Super Rugby meeting between the Sharks and Jaguares, with the Durban squad picking up five wins from their previous six encounters
- The Sharks are undefeated in their last 13 Super Rugby games at home against teams visiting from outside South Africa (W11, D2)
- The Jaguares have won five of their last 10 away games in Super Rugby, including a 22-20 win over the Bulls in Round 8; however, four of those five wins came after trailing at half-time on the day.
- The Sharks have conceded just six clean breaks per game this Super Rugby campaign, the fewest of any team in the competition.
- Pablo Matera (Jaguares) and Daniel du Preez (Shark) have each made 11 offloads this Super Rugby campaign, more than any other forwards in the competition.
Prediction: Sharks by 18
Sharks –15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Lwazi Mvovo, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 André Esterhuizen, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Rob du Preez, 9 Louis, Schreuder (c), 8 Dan du Preez, 7 Philip van der Walt, 6 Luke Stringer, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Ruben van Heerden, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Kerron van Vuuren, 1 Juan Schoeman.
Replacements: 16 Fez Mbatha, 17 Mzamo Majola, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 JJ van der Mescht, 20 Jean-Luc du Preez, 21 Grant Williams, 22 Kobus van Wyk, 23 Aphelele Fassi.
Jaguares –15 Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Matias Moroni, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Jeronimo De La Fuente (captain), 11 Emiliano Boffelli, 10 Domingo Miotti, 9 Tomas Cubelli, 8 Tomas Lezana, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Tomas Lavanini 4 Guido Petti, 3 Santiago Medrano, 2 Julian Montoya, 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro
Replacements: 16 Agustin Creevy, 17 Mayco Vivas, 18 Enrique Pieretto, 19 Javier Ortega Desio, 20 Rodrigo Bruni, 21 Felipe Ezcurra, 22 Juan Cruz Malva, 23 Santiago Carreras