The Sharks have lost their last three Super Rugby matches against the Stormers but in two of those the Stormers had home advantage.
While the Sharks have lost the last three Super Rugby matches to the Stormers the five matches before that were all won by the Sharks.
Going back even further the four matches before the Sharks five match run were all won by the Stormers. Historically these two seem to take a few matches to figure each other out.
The Sharks have played the Stormers 16 times in Super Rugby history and the Sharks have won 7 times and lost 9 times. That translates to the Sharks winning 44% of their matches against the Stormers.
When the Sharks play the Stormers the average score Sharks 20 Stormers 22.
In Durban the teams have played each other 8 times and surprisingly the Sharks have only won 4 times. The Stormers have therefore won 4 times.
The Sharks then have only won 50% of their home matches against the Stormers. In points average in Durban the Sharks score 21 points and the Stormers score 20 points.
The Stormers have come under fire recently for not scoring tries. Their game is built around defence so the draw back is the lack of attack.
The Sharks on the other hand have won their last three matches and have scored 12 tries and conceded just three in the same number of matches.
In recent weeks the Sharks have managed to put their game together for most of the 80 minutes whereas the Stormers have been forming a habit of only really playing for 40 minutes.
The Bookies have given the Stormers a 2 point start for this match - with an offer of Bet 5 and Get 50 in Bets. The Sharks have a little more momentum currently and have been scoring tries. They also have home advantage. The Sharks should win this by 1 point.
This match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on the Sky Sports website.
Average score: Sharks 20 Stormers 22
Last five results
03 Mar 2012 Sharks v Stormers 12-15 Cape Town
30 Apr 2011 Sharks v Stormers 12-32 Cape Town
02 Apr 2011 Sharks v Stormers 6-16 Durban
08 May 2010 Sharks v Stormers 20-14 Durban
14 Feb 2009 Sharks v Stormers 20-15 Cape Town
Sharks overall record against the Stormers
Played 16 , Wins 7, Losses 9 , Draws 0
Match No.94.: Sharks v Stormers
Date Saturday 26 May
Venue : Durban
Kick Off local: 19:10
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 1:Lourens Van der Merwe
Assistant Ref 2:Reuben Roussouw
TMO : Johann Meuwesen
15. Gio Aplon,14. Gerhard van den Heever,13. Juan de Jongh,12. Jean de Villiers (C),11. Bryan Habana,10. Peter Grant ,9. Dewaldt Duvenage ,8. Jebb Sinclair ,7. Rynhardt Elstadt ,6. Siya Kolisi ,5. Andries Bekker (VC),4. Eben Etzebeth ,3. Brok Harris,2. Tiaan Liebenberg ,1. Steven Kitshoff
Reserves:16. Deon Fourie ,17. Frans Malherbe ,18. De Kock Steenkamp ,19. Don Armand,20. Nick Fenton-Wells,21. Louis Schreuder,22. Burton Francis
15. Patrick Lambie , 14. JP Pietersen , 13. Paul Jordaan , 12. Meyer Bosman , 11. Lwazi Mvovo , 10. Frederic Michalak , 9. Charl McLeod , 8. Keegan Daniel (C) , 7. Willem Alberts , 6. Marcell Coetzee , 5. Anton Bresler , 4. Steven Sykes , 3. Jannie du Plessis , 2. Bismarck du Plessis , 1. Tendai Mtawarira
Replacements , 16. Craig Burden , 17. Wiehahn Herbst , 18. Pieter-Steph du Toit , 19. Ryan Kankowski , 20. Jacques Botes , 21. Odwa Ndungane , 22. Louis Ludik.