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Sharks v Rebels: Super Rugby match preview

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The Rebels travel to Durban for their Super Rugby clash with the Sharks boosted by the return of captain Gareth Delve.

Saturday's encounter sees a second Australian opponent in as many weeks at Kings Park for the Sharks.

Before facing league leaders Brumbies last week the Sharks held a perfect record starting the 2013 campaign with three wins.

Meanwhile the Rebels are without a win since the opening round of fixtures when they beat Western Force 30-23.

The duo last met in round four of the 2011 campaign when the Rebels threatened to sink the Sharks before a last-minute Meyer Bosman try sealed a 34-32 victory for the South Africans.

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As well as the return of Delve the visitors welcome Cooper Vuna back into the fold after missing the start of the season through injury.

Rebels head coach Damien Hill also gives New Zealand-born winger Jason Woodward his Super Rugby debut at the expense of Richard Kingi.

Sharks coach John Plumtree has opted for Wiehahn Herbst and Kyle Cooper in the front row ahead of Jannie du Plessis and Craig Burden.

Meanwhile Odwa Ndungane will start on the wing for the Sharks with Meyer Bosman left out of the squad as the hosts look to get back to winning ways.

Sharks: 15 Louis Ludik, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Keegan Daniel (capt), 7 Marcell Coetzee, 6 Jacques Botes, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Kyle Cooper, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Jannie du Plessis, 18 Jandre Marais, 19 Ryan Kankowski, 20 Charl McLeod, 21 Francois Steyn, 22 Riaan Viljoen.

Rebels: 15 Angus Roberts, 14 Jason Woodward, 13 Mitch Inman, 12 Lachlan Mitchell, 11 Cooper Vuna, 10 James O'Connor, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Gareth Delve (capt), 7 Scott Fuglistaller, 6 Scott Higginbotham, 5 Luke Jones, 4 Hugh Pyle, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 Ged Robinson, 1 Nic Henderson.
Replacements: 16 Shota Horie, 17 Paul Alo-Emile, 18 Cadeyrn Neville, 19 Jordy Reid, 20 Nic Stirzaker, 21 Rory Sidey, 22 Richard Kingi.

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