Opta Sports’ stats and facts for Saturday’s Super Rugby match between the Hurricanes and Sharks in Wellington.
– The Hurricanes have won their last four home games against the Sharks; the last time they lost in such a fixture was in round seven, 2010.
– The Hurricanes picked up an away win in their last game against the Sharks; it was the first time in eight games between the teams that the away team had won.
– The Hurricanes have won their last 13 home games against South African opposition, including two come-from-behind wins since the beginning of the 2018 campaign; their last defeat in such a fixture came in round 11, 2013, against the Stormers.
– The Sharks have won their opening two fixtures of the 2020 season; the last time they enjoyed a better start to a Super Rugby campaign was a four-game unbeaten run in 2016 (won three, drawn one).
– Having defeated the Highlanders 42-20 in Dunedin last week, the Sharks will be looking to secure back-to-back wins in New Zealand for the first time since May 2014.
– The Hurricanes made just three offloads in their most recent game against South African opposition (the Stormers away), after having averaged 11 per game in their 11 such fixtures prior.
– The Sharks have made the most kicks in play (67) of any side this season, only two other sides have also made 50-plus (Jaguares, 58 and Bulls, 52).
– The Hurricanes have won the most scrums (16/16 – 100%) on their own feed of any side yet to lose one this season; in fact, the Sharks’ 75% success rate at the scrum is the second-lowest of any team.
– Sharks fullback Aphelele Fassi has gained the most metres (210) of any player this season, only three players have recorded more than his 12 defenders beaten.
– Hurricanes flank Du’Plessis Kirifi has made the most tackles (28/28 – 100%) of any player yet to miss a single attempt; in fact, only four have made more than him overall.
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