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Daniel returns for the Sharks

2013-08-20 17:00
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Durban - Keegan Daniel has returned to the Sharks starting line-up for this week’s round three  Currie Cup clash with Free State in Bloemfontein on Friday evening.

According to Sharks website Editor, Michael Marnewick, he is over the knee injury that kept him out of the opening two matches of the tournament and he takes over from Brynard Stander who sustained a minor knee strain against the Golden Lions.

With continuity in mind, Jacques Botes will retain the captaincy playing at eighthman.

Daniel’s return is one of two personnel and one positional changes to the team.

The loss of Odwa Ndungane with a hamstring strain means last week’s debutant SP Marias shifts back to his preferred position at fullback.

Sharks forwards coach Brad Macleod-Henderson believes that steady improvement is what the Sharks are looking for in their campaign as they showed this from week one to week two.

"It’s probably more important for us to focus on our performance rather than the results," he explains.

"The results are secondary to performance; if you perform well you’ll get the result.

"The highlight for us is that we played better this past week against the Lions than in the first match against Griquas, and if we continue to improve each week then the results will take care of themselves."

Sizo Maseko is also back in the side after coming through a fitness test.

The final change is rotational as veteran flyhalf Butch James drops to the bench behind youngster Fred Zeilinga.

"Fred has come off the bench and done really well," backline coach Sean Everitt said.

"His kicking has been really good and he deserves a chance.

"At the same time it’s also a rotational switch.

"We want to give players opportunities."

The Sharks won for the first time in the competition last week when they beat the Golden Lions 33-25 after they were stunned 32-30 by Griquas on the opening weekend.

"It’s been a tense 160 minutes of rugby so we were very happy with the win and getting our campaign on track," Everitt added.

"We’ve been together for three weeks and new things were put in place and it takes a while for things to become a habit so that the players can do things on the field sub-consciously."


Free State Cheetahs:

15. Hennie Daniller, 14. Riaan Smit, 13. Johann Sadie, 12. Robert Ebersohn, 11. Raymond Rhule, 10. Elgar Watts, 9. Sarel Pretorius, 8. Philip van der Walt, 7. Lappies Labuschagne, 6. Boom Prinsloo (captain), 5. Lood de Jager, 4. Teboho Mohoje, 3. Trevor Nyakane, 2. Hercu Liebenberg, 1. Caylib Oosthuizen

Substitutes: 16. Ethienne Reynecke, 17. Rossouw de Klerk, 18. Freddie Ngoza, 19. Davon Raubenheimer, 20. Kevin Luiters, 21. Willie du Plessis, 22. Joubert Engelbrecht

15. SP Marais, 14. Sizo Maseko, 13. Louis Ludik, 12. Heimar Williams, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Fred Zeilinga, 9. Charl McLeod, 8. Jacques Botes (C), 7. Jean Deysel, 6. Keegan Daniel, 5. Marco Wentzel, 4. Edwin Hewitt, 3. Wiehahn Herbst, 2. Kyle Cooper, 1. Dale Chadwick

Substitutes: 16. Craig Burden, 17. Rayno Gerber, 18. Peet Marais, 19. Tera Mtembu, 20. Cobus Reinach, 21. Butch James, 22. Jaco van Tonder


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