Sharks unchanged for Hurricanes
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Sharks head coach Robert du Preez has named an unchanged line-up for their final tour match against the Hurricanes in Napier on Friday.
The Sharks are coming off an impressive 63-40 win over the Blues in Auckland and they will be looking to end their Australasian tour on a high by causing a major upset at McLean Park.
"After the disappointments of the first two weeks on tour, the boys were hurt, but they were desperate to get a first win on tour," said du Preez.
"If there had been a lack of effort previously I would have been really worried, but that wasn't the issue. This time around the boys brought the effort and the accuracy, so it was much better and I was really pleased with that performance [against the Blues].
"Everyone was desperate to put in a good performance, and that aim was achieved. Every player had a part to play, including the bench players when they came on."
The Sharks started their tour with a 17-24 loss to the Brumbies before being hammered 14-46 by the Rebels in Melbourne.
The win against the Blues was only the Sharks' second this season. Their other win came against the Sunwolves.
Sharks: 15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Sibusiso Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Lubabalo Mtembu, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Philip van der Walt, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Ruan Botha (captain), 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Mahlatse Ralepelle, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Franco Marais, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 Hyron Andrews, 20 Tyler Paul, 21 Cameron Wright, 22 Marius Louw, 23 Jacobus van Wyk.
Date: Friday, April 6
Venue: McLean Park, Napier
Kick-off: 19.35 (09.35 SA time; 07.35 GMT)
Referee: Nic Berry (Australia)
Assistant referees: Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand), Angus Mabey (New Zealand)
TMO: Aaron Paterson (New Zealand)