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Midfield roles for James and Ludik

Thu, 27 Jun 2013 09:48
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Andrew James and Louis Ludik will link up in the midfield for the Sharks in their clash with the Blues at Kings Park this weekend.

The Durban team's starting line-up includes 12 Springboks, with hooker Bismarck du Plessis named on the bench alongside exciting scrumhalf Cobus Reinach who is also returning from injury.
 
The Blues are chasing a top six finish and will no doubt be looking to give it their all against a Sharks side determined to show what they are capable of despite being out of the running for a play-off spot.

"The Blues have always had a willingness to play from all areas of the field and if you look at the players they have - certainly in the backline - they have x-factor players all over the field," explained Sharks assistant coach Grant Bashford.

"They are a handful with the right ball so we need to stunt them and limit them quality ball, deny them gain-line quick ball."

He added that the Sharks will look to put the visitors under pressure in the set-pieces, with their Springbok props and loose forwards sure to play an important role in this area.

"Their line-out hasn't functioned as well as they would have liked at times this year, their scrum has also put them under a bit of pressure. We have areas we would like to put them under pressure, but that's the case with every team you play. It won't be a surprise to them in any way.

"For us, it's about regrouping really quickly and trying to finish this campaign on a high."

Sharks: 15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Louis Ludik, 12 Andrew James, 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 Edwin Hewitt, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Kyle Cooper, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Bismarck du Plessis, 17 Daniel Mienie/Wiehahn Herbst, 18 Jandre Marais, 19 Jean Deysel, 20 Jacques Botes, 21 Jacobus Reinach, 22 Jaco van Tonder.

Date: Saturday, June 29
Venue: Kings Park, Durban
Kick-off: 14.50 (12.50 GMT; 00.50, Sunday, June 30 NZ time)
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Tiaan Jonker (South Africa), Reuben Rossouw (South Africa)
TMO: Willie Roos (South Africa)

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