Super Rugby 2018: Hurricanes v Sharks Preview

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The Sharks will be looking to claim back-to-back wins in New Zealand when they square off with the Hurricanes on Friday the 6th of April.

The Hurricanes face a rather tricky test this coming Friday with a confident Sharks side set to give them a thorough examination at McLean Park. The visitors head into this one off the back of their most impressive performance in some time as they annihilated the Blues at Eden Park last Saturday.

Hurricanes v Sharks
Friday 6 April
Mclean Park

To Win (80 Mins)
Hurricanes 1/14
Draw 40/1
Sharks 7/1

Hurricanes (-20.5) 9/10
Sharks (+20.5) 9/10

The current New Zealand Conference toppers have a massive chance to pull a few points clear at the top of their Conference standings with the Crusaders, who are level on points with the 'Canes, facing a tricky away test against the Jaguares late on Saturday eve.

This Friday's hosts head into their game at McLean Park off the back of a four-game winning streak that has seen them beat the Jaguares (9-34), the Crusaders (29-19), the Highlanders (29-19) and, most recently, the Rebels (19-50). The 'Canes only loss this season came away to the Bulls in Round 2, where they went down 21-19.

What a performance from Robert du Preez's men. Not many had given them a chance to get anything out of their away date with the Blues. An attacking masterclass, spearheaded by Robert du Preez Junior's 38 point haul, saw the men from Kwa-Zulu Natal beat their much-fancied opponents 63-40.

Last week's victory was only the Sharks second win of the season with the first coming at Growthpoint Kings Park against the Sunwolves. And while the attacking display was heartening for fans of the coastal franchise, there will still be worries regarding their defensive structure.

Verdict: Sharks (+20.5) 9/10
Yes, the Hurricanes are a step up in class from the Blues but I can't see the Sharks weltering at McLean Park after such an impressive performance last weekend. I'll be having a sizey strike on the away team to stay within a very generous handicap.

Written by Darry Worthington for

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