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The Sharks and the Stormers will be aiming to make it three wins from three starts in the weekend’s Super Rugby action.

Lukhanyo Am and his Sharks have been in impressive form so far and they take on the Hurricanes at the Sky Stadium in Wellington on Saturday morning (SA time).

SA Super Rugby franchises on show this Saturday

The only local match takes place on Saturday afternoon in Johannesburg between the Lions and the Stormers. The action at Ellis Park starts at 15:05.

The Bulls have a bye this weekend, while the Jaguares play their third successive home game in Buenos Aires when they host the Reds from 23:40.

The Sharks, who like the Stormers will be chasing a hat-trick of Super Rugby wins for 2020 this weekend, have made just one change to their starting line-up for their Saturday morning clash with the Hurricanes in Wellington.

Changes in the Sharks camp

Former Junior Springbok flyhalf Boeta Chamberlain comes in at flyhalf in place of Springbok Curwin Bosch, who has returned to South Africa because of a family bereavement.

Meanwhile, All Blacks hooker Dane Coles has been named in the Hurricanes match-day 23. Coles, who returns from injury, will be on the bench while the starting line-up remains relatively unchanged from the one that beat the Jaguares in Buenos Aires last weekend.

Lions prop Dylan Smith will run out in his 50th Super Rugby game on Saturday when they host the Stormers at Ellis Park from 3.05pm.

The burly prop made his Super Rugby debut in 2016 and has scored two tries in the red and white jersey. In the only change to the Highvelders’ starting line-up, Manuel Rass comes in at centre in place of Duncan Matthews, while Springbok loose forward Willem Alberts is on the bench.

There are four changes to the Stormers starting line-up, with Godlen Masimla (scrumhalf), Juarno Augustus (No 8) and Wilco Louw (prop) all set to make their first starts of the season. Masimla and Augustus come in for the injured Herschel Jantjies and Jaco Coetzee respectively, with Johan du Toit shifting to flank from the back of the scrum. 

African News Agency (ANA), Editing by Michael Sherman