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Friday, 14 December, 2018

Narrow win the best inconsistent Jaguares can hope for

Sharks in predatory mood for return to action

Martin Landajo is in at half-back for Los Jaguares
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Sharks v Bulls
Sky Sports 5, 6pm Friday

The teams from the South Africa group pick up their Super Rugby campaigns after more than a month off and the Sharks look far better primed to hit the ground running.

Opponents the Bulls are out of the playoff picture with only three wins this year and have shipped 24 tries in their current run of four straight defeats. They are also the second-lowest scorers in the South African group with just one more point than the Sunwolves and are averaging just 20 points a game.

The Sharks are flying high and look assured of a wildcard place. They ought to show far more fight for this encounter and can ease to a double-figure winning margin.

Sharks -10
1pt 10-11 Hills, Sky Bet

Los Jaguares v Kings
Sky Sports 1, 12.05am Saturday

One advantage the Jaguares hold over the other teams coming back from a month-long break is that most of their players have been busy in a two-Test series for Argentina against England.

Pumas skipper Agustin Creevy is missing but half-back pair Martin Landajo and Nicolas Sanchez should ensure some continuity.

Both teams have been inconsistent in this campaign and the Jaguares in particular have been unconvincing, so with their skipper missing backing a modest win seems the best approach. 

Jaguares to win by one to 12 points
1pt 13-5 Coral, Ladbrokes

Both teams have been inconsistent in this campaign
E.W. Terms
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