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Make or break for Sharks in Cape Town

It is make or break for the Sharks as they face the Stormers this weekend in their final Super Rugby game of the campaign.

The Jaguares have already sealed qualification but all four South African franchises can still mathematically make the play-offs.

Sharks coach Rob Du Preez has made four changes to his starting 15 with Tendai Mtawarira and Cameron Wright returning from injury while Ruben van Heerden replaces Ruan Botha, who has a foot injury. In the backline, Aphelele Fassi comes in for Curwin Bosch who has an ankle issue.

An ongoing issue for Du Preez has been the lack of consistency at flyhalf. He came under huge criticism for persisting with his out of form son, Robert Du Preez Junior ahead of Curwin Bosch at the start of the season but installed the latter at ten in recent weeks.

The Stormers have similar injury worries this weekend. In-form scrumhalf, Herschelle Jantjies is unavailable while the Cape side are still without Boks, Eben Etzebeth and Pieter-Steph Du Toit who have long term injuries.

Du Preez says despite the unavailability of key players, the Stormers still pose a huge threat, especially with so much on the line. – Report by Thahir Asmal

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