Captain Lambie back at flyhalf

Thu, 11 May 2017 09:44

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Head coach Robert du Preez has largely retained the same team that beat the Melbourne Rebels last weekend with just three rotational changes and one enforced for their clash against the Southern Kings.

With Curwin Bosch now away on national duty with the SA Under-20 side, Patrick Lambie takes over as the starting flyhalf as well as taking over the captaincy in one of two changes to the backline.

The other sees Lwazi Mvovo – who was rested last weekend – replacing Sbu Nkosi who shifts to the bench following his debut last Saturday.

In the front row, Tendai Mtawarira returns for Thomas du Toit while Franco Marais and Mahlatse Ralepelle swap jerseys.

"Pat [Lambie] is our captain and a player that the youngsters look up to so he'll bring calmness and strong leadership which will make the job easier for the guys around him," said Sharks assistant coach Sean Everitt.

Sharks: 15 Rhyno Smith, 14 Jacobus van Wyk, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Jeremy Ward, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie (captain), 9 Michael Claassens, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Philip van der Walt, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.                 
Replacements: 16 Mahlatse Ralepelle, 17 Thomas du Toit, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Stephan Lewies, 20 Lubabalo Mtembu, 21 Jacobus Reinach, 22 Garth April, 23 Sbu Nkosi.

Date: Saturday, May 13
Venue: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Kick-off: 17.15 (15.15 GMT)
Referee: Federico Anselmi (Argentina)
Assistant referees: Quinton Immelman (South Africa), AJ Jacobs (South Africa)
TMO: Christie du Preez (South Africa)

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