Sharks unchanged for Waratahs clash

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 09:31
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Sharks head coach Robert du Preez has stuck with the team that did duty against the Brumbies last week for their clash against the Waratahs at Kings Park on Saturday.

The match will be the Durban-based side's first at home this season after they started their campaign on the road in Australia.

The Sharks lost their opening match 26-28 to the Reds in Round One, before a late try snatched a 27-22 victory against the Brumbies in Canberra in Round Two.

The Waratahs are coming off a 36-55 defeat to the Lions, which was their first match on their South African tour.

The Australians started their Super Rugby campaign with a narrow 19-13 win over the Western Force in Round One.

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 11
Venue: Kings Park, Durban
Kick-off: 19.30 (17.30 GMT; 04.30 AEDT Sunday, March 12)
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Egon Seconds (South Africa), Stuart Berry (South Africa)
TMO: Willie Vos (South Africa)

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