Beast back, but no Bismarck

Thu, 23 May 2013 10:48
Large tendaimtawarirasharkstraining5 Large bismarck du plessis shark2s Large dale chadwick   tendai mtaw

The Sharks have their Beast back, but the Bismarck remains stranded as injuries continue disrupt the Durban-based team.

The Sharks have their Beast back, but the Bismarck remains stranded as injuries continue disrupt the Durban-based team.

Sharks coach John Plumtree made a number of changes, all injury related, to the side that will front up to the South African conference-leading Bulls at Kings Park on Saturday.

There is one enforced change to the backline, with Springbok JP Pietersen out after undergoing groin surgery on Wednesday.

Piet Lindeque, on loan from the Varsity Cup champions Pretoria University and having featured on the wing, will start at outside centre in yet another new midfield combination - where he will partner Meyer Bosman.

There are two changes to the forward pack.

Tendai Mtawarira is back to full fitness after a calf injury and has been included in the starting line-up.

JC Janse van Rensburg, on loan from the Lions, has returned to Johannesburg after the completion of the agreement between the two franchises.

He was joined on the flight back to Johannesburg by fellow Lions player Derrick Minnie.

In the second row Anton Bresler injured his shoulder in training on Thursday.

Pieter-Steph du Toit will partner Franco van der Merwe in the second row, with Jandré Marais providing cover off the bench.

The only other change sees Sean Robinson back in the team, covering the back three off the bench.

"Butch James and Bismarck du Plessis aren't fit yet, so they haven't been included," coach John Plumtree said of the two Boks who started training with the team this week.

"This is a big game for both teams," he said, adding: "The Bulls have been playing really well lately, their forward have dominated and they're enjoying momentum.

"They've also dominated territory through their kicking game, they've dominated up front and we know it's going to be a really tough game for us.

"Although our preparation this week has been quite short, we have trained well, and we're looking forward to putting our plans into place and the boys can go out there and enjoy the massive clash that this game is.

"It's great to be back home, to play at our stadium and hopefully we'll get a really nice crowd on Saturday."

Sharks: 15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Piet Lindeque, 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 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Kyle Cooper, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Monde Hadebe, 17 Wiehahn Herbst, 18 Jandré Marais, 19 Jean Deysel, 20 Tera Mtembu, 21 Tian Meyer, 22 Sean Robinson.

Date: Saturday, May 25
Venue: Kings Park, Durban
Kick-off: 19.10 (17.10 GMT)
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Craig Joubert (South Africa), Reuben Rossouw (South Africa)
TMO: Deon van Blommestein (South Africa)

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 24 November 2017
Cheetahs v Edinburgh 17h30 Bloemfontein
Ulster v Treviso 19h05 Kingspan Stadium
Cardiff Blues v Connacht 19h35 Cardiff Arms Park
Leinster v Dragons 19h35 RDS Stadium
Newcastle Falcons v Gloucester 19h45 Kingston Park
Sat, 25 November 2017
Leicester Tigers v Worcester Warriors 12h45 Welford Road
Bath v Harlequins 12h45 Recreation Ground
Italy v South Africa 13h00 Rome
Scotland v Australia 14h30 Edinburgh
England v Samoa 15h00 Twickenham
Wales v New Zealand 17h15 Cardiff
Sale Sharks v Northampton Saints 17h30 AJ Bell Stadium
Ireland v Argentina 17h30 Aviva Stadium
France v Japan 19h00 Paris
Sun, 26 November 2017
Ospreys v Glasgow Warriors 13h00 Liberty Stadium
Kings v Scarlets 13h00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Zebre v Munster 13h30 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Saracens v Exeter Chiefs 15h00 Allianz Park
London Irish v Wasps 15h00 Madejski Stadium
SUPER RUGBY
MORE LOGS
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 15 6 0 9 34
Force 15 6 0 9 26
Reds 15 4 0 11 21
Waratahs 15 4 0 11 19
Rebels 15 1 1 13 9
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 15 14 0 1 63
Hurricanes 15 12 0 3 58
Chiefs 15 12 1 2 57
Highlanders 15 11 0 4 51
Blues 15 7 1 7 37
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 15 10 0 5 43
Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 21
Bulls 15 4 0 11 20
Sunwolves 15 2 0 13 12
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 15 14 0 1 65
Sharks 15 9 1 5 42
Jaguares 15 7 0 8 33
Kings 15 6 0 9 28