Sharks leave 'injured' Boks on the sidelines
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Two of the Sharks' star players, Springboks Tendai Mtawarira and Jean-Luc du Preez will not play against the Bulls in Durban on Friday.
Coach Robert du Preez, the father of Jean-Luc, confirmed that the two Boks are carrying 'niggles' that will keep them out of the crucial Super Rugby encounter.
"Jean-Luc [Du Preez] has a bit of a groin niggle and Beasty [Mtawarira] is battling a bit with his neck," the coach said.
Other players not considered due to injury include Kobus van Wyk and Lwazi Mvovo.
"There is nothing too serious at this stage. All four of them should be available for the encounter with the Lions [in Durban in the final round of league action on July 15]," Du Preez said.
Star midfielder Lukhanyo Am will also be available for selection after next week's bye week, while Rhyno Smit is not expected back till late August, Inny-Christian Radebe will join training in mid July and Johan Deysel is out for three months.
Sharks: 15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Sibusiso Sithole, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Sibusiso Nkosi, 10 Garth April, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Lubabalo Mtembu, 6 Philip van der Walt (captain), 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Thomas du Toit.
Replacements: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Hyron Andrews, 20 Jacques Vermeulen, 21 Michael Claassens, 22 Jeremy Ward, 23 Marius Louw.
Date: Friday, June 30
Venue: King Park, Durban
Kick-off: 19.00 (17.00 GMT)
Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant referees: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa), Quinton Immelman (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)