Bismarck starts against Bulls
Durban - Having come out of their match
against the Blues without any serious injuries, the Sharks were able to name an
almost complete replica side for this Saturday’s clash with the Bulls in
Pretoria, reports Sharks website editor, Michael Marnewick.
Aside from Kyle Cooper making way for
Bismarck du Plessis’ return to the starting line-up for the first time this
year (and re-uniting an all-Bok front row), the Sharks side to take on the
Bulls has remained unchanged for the penultimate pool match of Super Rugby
Last week’s pack dismantled the Blues at
scrum time in particular and laid a wonderful platform for a nail-biting win,
and against the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday, a similar effort against
a physical opponent is needed if the Sharks are to come away with their stated
“We’ve always gone up there and known how
we want to play the Bulls and that’s worked for us at times and other times
we’ve been physically dominated,” coach Hugh Reece-Edwards said.
“We are very aware of their physicality and
certainly we know we need to be physical if we want to be in that game. But we
also have to go up there and play our game to go and get the result we want.
And that is to come back with a win to have any chance of staying in this
“We have some talented players, some
talented backs, and although we don’t have a huge number of backs, with what
we’ve got we can certainly play exciting rugby. We know we have to keep the
ball in hand for long periods of time against the Bulls and that doesn’t change
regardless of the style of rugby we want to play.”
Flyhalf Patrick Lambie will reach a
milestone in this match, his 50th outing in the competition since making his
debut in 2010. Last week - against the Blues - he took his Super Rugby record
to over 500 points (having scored 157 this year).
Kick-off is at 19:15 on Saturday.
15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ
Engelbrecht, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Francois
Hougaard, 8 Dewald Potgieter (captain), 7 Jacques Potgieter, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5
Grant Hattingh, 4 Flip vd Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Dean
Substitutes: 16 Callie Visagie, 17 Frik
Kirsten, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 Jono Ross, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Jurgen Visser,
22 Morné Mellet
15. Riaan Viljoen, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13.
Louis Ludik, 12. Butch James, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Patrick Lambie, 9. Charl
McLeod, 8. Keegan Daniel (captain), 7. Willem Alberts, 6. Marcell Coetzee, 5.
Franco van der Merwe, 4. Edwin Hewitt, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. Bismarck du
Plessis, 1. Tendai Mtawarira
Substitutes: 16. Kyle Cooper, 17. Wiehahn
Herbst, 18. Jandre Marais, 19. Jean Deysel, 20. Jacques Botes, 21. Cobus
Reinach, 22. Jaco van Tonder