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    Bismarck to lead Sharks in PE

    2012-02-14 16:43
    Durban - Sharks coach John Plumtree has selected 24 players to travel to Port Elizabeth on Friday for their final hit-out against the Southern Kings, giving some indication of the team to play the Bulls in week one of the Super Rugby tournament.

    According to Sharks website editor, Michael Marnewick, Plumtree has expressed the opinion in earlier conversations that the team that lines up against the Kings would strongly resemble the team that plays the Bulls the following week, but whether that is going to be the case 100% remains to be seen.

    With campaign leader Keegan Daniel playing off the bench this week (an unlikely scenario for the Bulls game), hooker Bismarck du Plessis will captain the side on Friday night, with brother Jannie beside him, back from honeymoon after getting married the week before.

    With the injury to Beast Mtawarira, Dale Chadwick will most likely carry a big lead at loosehead prop and he completes the front row.

    Steven Sykes and Anton Bresler represent a bristling, bruising second row while Jacques Botes, Marcell Coetzee and Ryan Kankowski present mobility, athleticism and power.

    Frederic Michalak will again partner Patrick Lambie as the half-back pair look to build on a good outing together last week, while Tim Whitehead and JP Pietersen will seek to set the midfield alight.


    Kings: TBA

    Sharks: 15. Riaan Viljoen 14. Odwa Ndungane 13. JP Pietersen 12. Tim Whitehead 11. Lwazi Mvovo 10. Patrick Lambie 9. Frederic Michalak 8. Ryan Kankowski 7. Marcell Coetzee 6. Jacques Botes 5. Anton Bresler 4. Steven Sykes 3. Jannie du Plessis 2. Bismarck du Plessis (captain) 1. Dale Chadwick

    Subsitutes: 16. Craig Burden 17. Julian Redelinghuys 18. Wiehahn Herbst 19. Pieter-Steph du Toit 20. Ross Skeate 21. Keegan Daniel 22. Charl McLeod 23. Meyer Bosman 24. Paul Jordaan

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