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S14 milestone for Terblanche
Durban - Stefan Terblanche will play his 100th Super 14 match in the unfamiliar position of outside centre when the Sharks face the Reds in Durban on Easter Saturday.
The veteran Springbok, who played all his international rugby on the wing before specialising at fullback for the Sharks over the past few seasons, moves from the No 14 jersey for this game as a replacement for the injured Adrian Jacobs. A shoulder injury has ruled Jacobs out for the rest of the season.
With Odwa Ndungane back in the mix after recovering from his hamstring injury, Terblanche’s shift to the midfield makes sense, particularly as former Sharks age-group star Patrick Lambie has made a fist of his two opportunities to play Super 14 rugby.
Former England flyhalf Andy Goode has overcome his hamstring complaint and doubts over his work permit to be included at flyhalf in what will be his first game in front of the Sharks’ home crowd at ABSA Stadium. That enables Ruan Pienaar to continue in his preferred position of scrumhalf, where he has been impressive in recent weeks.
Johann Muller lost his race to recover from a broken finger, which means Alistair Hargreaves continues as the second row partner to Steven Sykes, while Willem Alberts is back in the starting lineup with Jean Deysel on the bench.
Wilhelm Steenkamp, drafted to the Sharks on loan from the Bulls, will be part of the Sharks squad as a reserve for the first time. John Smit continues to captain the side from loosehead prop, where he has been impressive over the past few weeks.
15. Patrick Lambie, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. Stefan Terblanche, 12. Riaan Swanepoel, 11. JP Pietersen, 10. Andy Goode, 9. Ruan Pienaar, 8. Ryan Kankowski, 7. Willem Alberts, 6. Jacques Botes, 5. Alistair Hargreaves, 4. Steven Sykes, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. Bismarck du Plessis, 1. John Smit (captain)
Substitutes: 16. Craig Burden, 17. Tendai Mtawarira, 18. Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19. Jean Deysel, 20. Rory Kockott, 21. Andries Strauss, 22. Lwazi MvovoReds:
15. Peter Hynes, 14. Luke Morahan, 13. Will Chambers, 12. Anthony Faingaa, 11. Digby Ioane, 10. Quade Cooper, 9. Will Genia (captain), 8. Jake Schatz, 7. Daniel Braid, 6. Scott Higginbotham, 5. Van Humphries, 4. Adam Byrnes, 3. Laurie Weeks, 2. Sean Hardman, 1. Ben Daley
Substitutes: 16. Saia Faingaa, 17. Greg Holmes, 18. Jack Kennedy, 19. Rob Simmons, 20. Leroy Houston, 21. Ben Lucas, 22. Rod Davies