Currie Cup debut for Pollard
Handré Pollard (Gallo Images)
Pretoria - Junior World Cup winning flyhalf Handré Pollard will make his Currie Cup debut in Durban on Saturday after being named as pivot for the Blue Bulls team to play the Sharks.
Pollard replaces injured Tony Jantjies in one of three changes to the backline.
With Francois Venter and Travis Ismaiel also casualties from last weekend's 62-23 loss to the Golden Lions, Waylon Murray
will start at outside centre and fit-again Akona Ndungane at wing.
Frik Kirsten is back at tighthead prop after an ankle injury ruled him out of the last two matches. Recently signed lock David Bullbring will make his debut off the bench after the former Kings player was named ahead of Wilhelm Steenkamp.
Another new face on the bench is Vodacom Cup flyhalf Tiaan Schoeman.
"There is a lot to answer for this weekend,” coach Pine Pienaar said in announcing the team on Wednesday.
"We have disappointed a lot of people, including ourselves, with our performance last weekend against the Lions and the only way to get that out of the system is to go to Durban and get a result."
Pienaar was quite at ease handing Pollard a debut at a very tough venue.
"Handré was part of our plans all along and had it not been for a shoulder injury sustained in pre-season, he could have had a number of matches at this level under his belt already. He might be young in years, but have an old rugby head on him. We are keen to go out there and deliver," Pienaar said.
Kick-off at Kings Park is at 17:05 on Saturday.Teams:Sharks:
15 Jürgen Visser, 14 Sampie Mastriet, 13 Waylon Murray
, 12 Ulrich Beyers, 11 Akona Ndungane, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Ruan Snyman, 8 Jono Ross (captain), 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Wiaan Liebenberg, 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Frik Kirsten, 2 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 1 Morné Mellett
Substitutes: 16 Bandise Maku
, 17 Werner Kruger
, 18 David Bullbring, 19 Jacques Engelbrecht, 20 Rudy Paige, 21 Tiaan Schoeman, 22 Clayton Blommetjies