Poitrenaud gets nod at fullback

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 08:20
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Sharks head coach Robert du Preez has made two changes to his starting XV for their clash against the Brumbies on Saturday.

One change is enforced, with Springbok Stephan Lewies coming in to replace Etienne Oosthuizen, who misses this match and next week's home game against the Waratahs because of suspension.

In the backline the vastly experienced Clement Poitrenaud is at fullback after swapping places with Curwin Bosch who will play off the bench.

The Sharks started their Super Rugby campaign with a 26-28 defeat to the Reds in Brisbane last weekend.

The Brumbies also lost their opening game when they went down 13-19 to the Crusaders in Christchurch.

Sharks: 15 Clement Poitrenaud, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie (captain), 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Lubabalo Mtembu, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Philip van der Walt, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Stephan Lewies, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Thomas du Toit, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Jean Droste, 20 Jacques Vermeulen, 21 Michael Claassens, 22 Jeremy Ward, 23 Curwin Bosch.

Date: Saturday, March 4
Venue: GIO Stadium, Canberra
Kick-off: 19.45 (10.45 SA time; 08.45 GMT)
Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant referees: Jordan Way (Australia), Edward Martin (Australia)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)

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