Sharks go with continuity for WP clash

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 09:21
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Sharks head coach Robert du Preez has made just two changes to his team that defeated the Blue Bulls last weekend for the clash against Western Province in Cape Town on Saturday.

There is one enforced change in the backline where Lwazi Mvovo is replaced by Sibusiso Sithole on the wing after the former was recalled to the Springbok touring squad.

The other change is in the forwards with Juan Schoeman replacing Dale Chadwick in the front row.

The Sharks are currently unbeaten in this year's Currie Cup Premier Division with four wins from four. They also sit at the top of the standings having earned 19 out of a possible 20 log points.

Western Province have played one less match than the Sharks, courtesy of a week two bye, and suffered early defeats. 

The Cape side lost to the Blue Bulls (26-45) and Free State Cheetahs (25-32) before notching up their first win of the tournament, against Eastern Province last weekend, a comfortable 36-6 victory in Port Elizabeth.

Sharks: 15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Sibusiso Sithole, 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 Juan Schoeman.
Replacements: 16 Mahlatse Ralepelle, 17 John-Hubert Meyer, 18 Jean Droste, 19 Jean Deysel, 20 Michael Claassens, 21 Heimar Williams, 22. Rhyno Smith.

Date: Saturday, September 3
Venue: Newlands, Cape Town
Kick-off: 17.10 (15.10 GMT)
Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge
Assistant referees: Quinton Immelman, Jaco Kotze
TMO: Marius Jonker

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Team P W D L Pts
Free State Cheetahs 8 8 0 0 39
Blue Bulls 8 6 0 2 30
Western Province 8 5 0 3 27
Golden Lions 8 5 0 3 26
Sharks 8 5 0 3 25
Griquas 8 4 0 4 21
Boland 8 2 0 6 11
Pumas 8 1 0 7 10
EP Kings 8 0 0 8 1