Alberts hopes to ignite Sharks

Tue, 14 May 2013 08:28
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The Sharks play the Western Force in their last game of their overseas tour and hopefully the return of Willem Alberts to the starting XV will be the tonic that they need.

The Sharks play the Western Force in their last game of their overseas tour and hopefully the return of Willem Alberts to the starting XV will be the tonic that they need.

The men from Durban have been a shadow of the side they were last season and have slumped to a five-game losing streak and languish in 11th spot on the Super Rugby log with the chances of a play-off spot all but gone.

The game this weekend will be one of pride after they have not strung a good performance together since the early stages of the season.

The Force have been a tough nut to crack this season and Sharks coach John Plumtree is aware that they pose a much larger threat than their log position suggests.

"They beat the Crusaders, they lost by one point to the Chiefs, the 2012 champs, and with those results, they have some belief.

"We know it’s going to be a tough game, they’re a side that’s clearly working very hard for each other and we know it is going to be a really tough task from our side," Plumtree admitted.

Amonst the changes from the side that got beaten by the Reds last week, Jannie Du Plessis returns to the starting XV in place of Wiehahn Herbst and Anton Bresler comes into partner Franco van der Merwe in the lock position with Pieter-Steph du Toit shifting to the bench.

The most prominant change in the side sees Willem Alberts returning - after a cameo off the bench last weekend - to the starting XV in the place of Jean Deysel.

There is only one change in the backline as last week's Super Rugby centurion, Odwa Ndungane, replaces Piet Lindeque on the wing.

The Sharks: 15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 JP Pietersen, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Keegan Daniel (Captain), 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Anton Bresler, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Kyle Cooper, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Monde Hadebe, 17 Wiehahn Herbst, 18 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 19 Derick Minnie / Tera Mtembu, 20 Jean Deysel, 21 Tian Meyer, 22 Piet Lindeque.

Date: Friday, May 17
Venue: NIB Stadium, Perth
Kick-off: 19.45 (11.45 GMT; 13.45 SA time)
Referee: James Leckie (Australia)
Assistant referees: Ian Smith (Australia), Damien Mitchelmore (Australia)
TMO: Steve Leszczynski (Australia).

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 26 August 2016
Golden Lions v Boland 15h00 Johannesburg
Pumas v Griquas 17h10 Kimberley
Sat, 27 August 2016
New Zealand v Australia 07h35 Wellington
EP Kings v Western Province 14h00 Port Elizabeth
Sharks v Blue Bulls 16h10 Durban
Argentina v South Africa 19h40 Salta
RESULT SCORE
Sat, 20 August 2016
South Africa v Argentina 30 | 23
Golden Lions v Griquas 24 | 30
Australia v New Zealand 8 | 42
Fri, 19 August 2016
Blue Bulls v EP Kings 49 | 35
Western Province v Free State Cheetahs 25 | 32
Boland v Sharks 20 | 41
Sat, 13 August 2016
Free State Cheetahs v Blue Bulls 43 | 20
Golden Lions v Pumas 68 | 26
Fri, 12 August 2016
Sharks v Griquas 46 | 24
EP Kings v Boland 10 | 28
Sat, 06 August 2016
Boland v Free State Cheetahs 16 | 44
Hurricanes v Lions 20 | 3
Fri, 05 August 2016
Pumas v Sharks 10 | 33
Blue Bulls v Western Province 45 | 26
Sat, 30 July 2016
Lions v Highlanders 42 | 30
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 15 10 0 5 43
Waratahs 15 8 0 7 40
Rebels 15 7 0 8 31
Reds 15 3 1 11 17
Force 15 2 0 13 13
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Hurricanes 15 11 0 4 53
Highlanders 15 11 0 4 52
Chiefs 15 11 0 4 51
Crusaders 15 11 0 4 50
Blues 15 8 1 6 39
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 15 10 1 4 51
Bulls 15 9 1 5 42
Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 21
Sunwolves 15 1 1 13 9
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 14 11 0 3 52
Sharks 15 9 1 5 43
Jaguares 14 3 0 11 18
Kings 15 2 0 13 9