Whitehead back for Sharks

Wed, 04 Sep 2013 09:34
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Tim Whitehead will make his return from injury against Western Province at Newlands in one of five changes to the Sharks as the Durban side continue to rotate their players.

Tim Whitehead will make his return from injury against Western Province at Newlands in one of five changes to the Sharks as the Durban side continue to rotate their players.

Veteran flyhalf Butch James replaces the promising young Fred Zeilinga to earn his 50th Currie Cup cap for the Sharks whilst Sizo Maseko comes in for Odwa Ndungane who has been ruled out with a hamstring injury.

Up front there has been a shuffle in the front row with Danie Mienie getting an opportunity at loosehead prop and Rayno Gerber replacing tighthead Wiehahn Herbst who drops to the bench.

"We've made a few rotational changes," explained backline coach Sean Everitt. "Butch James comes in for Fred Zeilinga in a purely rotational switch. Fred has done well over the last couple of weeks, but it is Butch's turn to start. Obviously Butch is experienced and has played a lot at Newlands and enjoys that stadium, so it's good to have him back."

Despite being named as man of the match in the victory over the Blue Bulls at Kings Park last week, Charl McLeod will again play off the bench.

"Charl has been on top of his game throughout the Currie Cup season, but we have two very good scrumhalves and we need to develop both of them and keep them both fit," Everitt said.

Whitehead comes in for the impressive Heimar williams after recovering from a lengthy absence due to injury.

"Tim has had an unfortunate run with injuries but Heimar Williams has filled in well over the last couple of weeks. So it will now be another opportunity for Tim and we know what he's capable of," said Everitt.

Forwards coach Brad McLeod-Henderson said that they are expecting a tough test from the defending champions on their home turf.

"Western Province is a quality side and are the only unbeaten team in the Currie Cup. The fact that they haven't lost yet, just shows how good they are, they have fantastic defence so it will be really tough on Saturday," he said.

Sharks: 15 SP Marais, 14 Sizo Maseko, 13 Louis Ludik, 12 Tim Whitehead, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Butch James, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Jacques Botes (captain), 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Marco Wentzel, 4 Peet Marais, 3 Rayno Gerber, 2 Craig Burden, 1 Danie Mienie.
Replacements: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Wiehahn Herbst, 18 Edwin Hewitt, 19 Justin Downey, 20 Charl McLeod, 21 Fred Zeilinga, 22 Jaco van Tonder.

Date: Saturday, September 7
Venue: Newlands, Cape Town
Kick-off: 19.10 (17.10 GMT)
Referee: Craig Joubert
Assistant referees: Marius van der Westhuizen, Marc van Zyl
TMO: Deon van Blommestein

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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 17h40 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
CURRIE CUP
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Team P W D L Pts
Sharks 3 3 0 0 15
Free State Cheetahs 3 3 0 0 14
Blue Bulls 3 2 0 1 10
Golden Lions 2 1 0 1 7
Boland 3 1 0 2 6
Griquas 2 1 0 1 4
Western Province 2 0 0 2 2
EP Kings 2 0 0 2 1
Pumas 2 0 0 2 1
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