Mvovo boost for Sharks

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 09:34
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Sharks head coach Robert du Preez has made four changes to his team to face the Blue Bulls in their Currie Cup Premier Division Round Four clash in Durban on Saturday.

Springbok wing Lwazi Mvovo is back from international duy to replace Sibusiso Sithole, who will start on the bench.

Centre Lukhanyo Am comes in for Heimar Williams in the midfield. The latter did not make the cut this week.

In the pack, Jean-Luc du Preez replaces the injured Lubabalo Mtembu in the back row and  in the front row, Franco Marais comes in for Mahlatse Ralepelle.

“Three bonus point wins from three matches played is obviously pleasing, there is still a lot of rugby to be played in this campaign and we have got to improve every single week," Du Preez said.

"A big focus for us is cutting down our error rate.

“The Bulls are going to be our toughest game yet in the competition and they are dangerous all around the park.

"We need to stick to our game-plan and execution, intention and attitude are key.”

Lock Stephan Lewies has not been considered for selection due to a hamstring injury that he picked up in training.

Sharks: 15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Inny-Christian Radebe, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Keegan Daniel (captain), 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Dale Chadwick.
Replacements: 16 Mahlatse Ralepelle, 17 John-Hubert Meyer, 18 JC Astle, 19 Jean Deysel, 20 Hanco Venter, 21 Sibusiso Sithole, 22 Rhyno Smith.

Date: Saturday, August 27
Venue: Kings Park, Durban
Kick-off: 18.10 (16.10 GMT)
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant referees: AJ Jacobs, Ricus van der Hoven
TMO: Marius Jonker

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