Sharks name side for final
Jannie du Plessis (Gallo)
Cape Town - The Sharks have named what must be close on their strongest line-up possible with the inclusion of Jannie du Plessis and Willem Alberts for Saturday’s Absa Currie Cup final against Western Province.
Kick-off is at 17:30.According to Sharks website editor, Michael Marnewick
, unfortunately, Jean Deysel has been ruled out with a hamstring injury sustained in last week’s semi-final victory over Free State and will not play, which means Alberts comes into the starting line-up at flank.
Beast Mtawarira, a late withdrawal last week has been passed fit along with Jannie du Plessis to complete an all-Springbok front row that includes Bismarck du Plessis at hooker.
The rest of the team remains unchanged as The Sharks enjoy continuity in team selection, bolstered by the return to fitness of their Springboks.
Looking back at their pool match against Western Province two weeks ago, Brad Macleod-Henderson says that, “I thought we played nicely in the last pool game we played against Province. Rugby is a physical sport and every week the collisions are important and winning those are going to be key to getting a victory on Saturday.
“They have a quality experienced pack which has been finding a lot of good ball, and some electrifying backs out wide. But we’re worrying about them as a team rather than individuals at the moment. We just need to make sure that physically we will be up for it – no doubt we will be.”
In the past three years, The Sharks and Province have met in two previous finals, both played in Durban, with each team enjoying one victory apiece. But for Sharks backline coach Sean Everitt, what’s happened in the past has no bearing on this match.
“We haven’t spoken about records or looked back at the past,” he admits, “we’re certainly looking forward to the game on Saturday and we’ve gone about our preparation as we would for any game we’d play in the round stages. We’re looking at keeping everything the same, everyone knows within themselves that it’s a massive game on Saturday.” Teams:Western Province:
15. Gio Aplon, 14. Gerhard van den Heever, 13. Jean de Villiers, 12. Damian de Allende, 11. Cheslin Kolbe, 10. Demetri Catrakilis
, 9. Louis Schreuder, 8. Duane Vermeulen
, 7. Siya Kolisi
, 6. Deon Fourie
(captain), 5. De Kock Steenkamp, 4. Eben Etzebeth
, 3. Pat Cilliers, 2. Scarra Ntubeni, 1. Steven Kitshoff
Substitutes: 16. Frans Malherbe, 17. Brok Harris
, 18. Michael Rhodes
, 19. Schalk Burger, 20. Nic Groom, 21. Kurt Coleman, 22. Juan de JonghSharks:
SP Marais, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. Louis Ludik, 12. Francois Steyn, 11.
Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Patrick Lambie, 9. Charl McLeod, 8. Keegan Daniel
(captain), 7. Willem Alberts, 6. Marcell Coetzee, 5. Pieter-Steph du
Toit, 4. Peet Marais, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. Bismarck du Plessis, 1.
Substitutes: 16. Kyle Cooper, 17. Wiehahn
Herbst, 18. Stephan Lewies, 19. Jacques Botes, 20. Cobus Reinach, 21.
Fred Zeilinga, 22. Heimar Williams