Bismarck starts for Sharks
Cape Town - Sharks Director of Rugby Gary
Gold has named his team to tackle the Highlanders in a Super Rugby clash in
Dunedin on Friday (kick-off 09:35 SA time).
Gold has welcomed back hooker Bismarck du Plessis,
lock Stephan Lewies and centre JP Pietersen into the starting line-up, with all
three Springboks bolstering the side.
Du Plessis is back after serving a
four-week suspension for kicking an opposing player in the face.
The Springbok hooker on Tuesday gave up the
captaincy of the team, saying he wants to prove his worth as a player again.
This sees lock Marco Wentel retain the
captaincy for the Sharks’ first game on tour.
Gold expects a tough first assignment in
Dunedin on Friday.
“They have real game-breakers and it’s
going to be a huge challenge for us on Friday,” Gold told the Sharks’ official
“I don’t think it gets much tougher than
what we have coming on Friday.”
15. Odwa Ndungane, 14. S’bura Sithole, 13.
JP Pietersen, 12. Andre Esterhuizen, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Fred Zeilinga, 9.
Cobus Reinach, 8. Willem Alberts, 7. Renaldo Bothma, 6. Marcell Coetzee, 5.
Marco Wentzel (captain), 4. Stephan Lewies, 3. Lourens Adriaanse, 2. Bismarck du
Plessis, 1. Tendai Mtawarira
Substitutes: 16. Franco Marais, 17. Dale
Chadwick, 18. Matt Stevens, 19. Mouritz Botha, 20. Etienne Oosthuizen, 21.
Conrad Hoffmann, 22. Lionel Cronje, 23. Waylon Murray