SA teams looking to bounce back
South African teams will be hoping to reverse their Super Rugby fortunes in Round 13.
CAPE TOWN - The Sharks and the Stormers will travel to Australia in the hopes of getting their struggling seasons back on track.
The Stormers head to Sydney to play the Waratahs and the Sharks head off to Brisbane to take on a resurgent Reds unit.
The Stormers stumbled to a one-point loss against the Auckland Blues in Round 12 of Super Rugby, but will be bolstered by the return of Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth.
The men from Cape Town face a strong scrummaging unit that helped the 'Tahs put on one of the most dominant displays of the season when they managed to put 72 points past the hapless Kings in Port Elizabeth.
Their powerful scrum and skillful rugby league graduate Israel Folau will make things difficult for the Stormers and the men from Cape Town will in all probability return to the conservative kick-and-subdue tactics that brought them success in 2012.
The Sharks have been struggling for momentum since leaving South African shores and will try to remain in contention in the competitive South African conference.
They currently have 29 points and are ninth overall on the log but face stiff competition from the Cape franchise who have the same number of points but one less victory.
The Reds are fresh off an 11-11 draw against the Force and will be eager to prove that they remain a powerhouse in the Australian conference.
On Friday evening the Cheetahs are in action against the Hurricanes, where they will be looking to continue their good form against the 'Canes who were on the wrong side of a 48-14 thumping against the Bulls at Loftus.
The final match of the round takes place in Port Elizabeth on Saturday afternoon, when Demetri Catrakilis of the Southern Kings will have a century of points in his sights when they host the Highlanders.