New flyhalf to marshall Sharks backline

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 08:33
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Sharks Head coach Robert du Preez has made a number of changes to his team to face the Southern Kings on Saturday.

There are some injury-enforced, Springbok rested and rotational changes to the side that so emphatically defeated the Waratahs 37-14 last Saturday.

The loss of Patrick Lambie necessitates a change at flyhalf. Although Curwin Bosch deputised with aplomb in the No.10 jersey, the coaching staff have named him at fullback in place of Clement Poitrenaud who has a groin strain.

This opens the door for the very exciting 20-year-old Benhard Janse van Rensburg to marshall the backline.

Janse van Rensburg represented NWU-Pukke in last year's Varsity Cup. He is also a former Leopards player as well.

The only other change amongst the backs sees Odwa Ndungane come in for Lwazi Mvovo on the wing.

Lubabalo Mtembu will lead the side in the absence of Lambie and he has a new loose-forward partner, Jacques Vermeulen taking over from Philip van der Walt who suffered a facial injury last week.

There is an all-new front row, with Thomas du Toit, Chiliboy Ralepelle and Lourens Adriaanse replacing Tendai Mtawarira, Franco Marais and Coenie Oosthuizen respectively.

Sharks: 15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Odwa Ndungane, 10 Benhard Janse van Rensburg, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Lubabalo Mtembu (captain), 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Jacques Vermeulen, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Stephan Lewies, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Thomas du Toit.             
Replacements: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 Etienne Oosthuizen, 20 Daniel du Preez, 21 Michael Claassens, 22 Jeremy Ward, 23 Garth April.

Date: Saturday, March 18
Venue: Kings Park, Durban
Kick-off: 19.30 (17.30 GMT)
Referee: Egon Seconds (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa), Cwengile Jadezweni (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

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