Gold: Resting Bok duo not ideal
Cape Town - Sharks Director of Rugby Gary
Gold is not overly pleased with the fact that he has to rest two of his
Springboks for Saturday’s Super Rugby clash against the Lions in Johannesburg.
Props Jannie du Plessis and Beast Mtawarira
are rested in line with an agreement with the South African Rugby Union (SARU) to
rest top Springboks for parts of the competition.
“The timing is certainly not ideal, and I
want to make that very clear,” Gold told Netwerk24.
“If I had my way, then I would definitely have
picked Jannie and Beast. It’s a very strange system to work with, but the
ruling has been made by the top brass, so we’ll follow the regulations.”
The Sharks came under fire earlier in the
season when they played Springbok trio Cobus Reinach, Pat Lambie and Marcell
Coetzee for six consecutive matches, despite the SARU agreement stating that no
top Springbok should play more than five games on the trot.
The Durbanites are under pressure to
perform following a disastrous 52-10 home loss to the Crusaders last week,
which was marred by the sending off of flank Jean Deysel for kneeing an
opposing player in the head.
Deysel received a seven week ban, while the
Sharks are also without the suspended Bismarck du Plessis (four weeks) and Frans Steyn (five
Saturday’s clash at Emirates Airline Park kicks
off at 17:05.
15. Andries Coetzee, 14. Ruan Combrinck,
13. Lionel Mapoe, 12. Harold Vorster, 11. Mark Richards, 10. Elton Jantjies, 9.
Faf de Klerk, 8. Warren Whiteley (captain), 7. Warwick Tecklenburg, 6. Jaco
Kriel, 5. Franco Mostert, 4. Andries Ferreira, 3. Julian Redelinghuys, 2.
Robbie Coetzee, 1. Jacques van Rooyen
Substitutes: 16. Armand van der Merwe, 17.
Corne Fourie, 18. Ruan Dreyer, 19. Robert Kruger, 20. Derick Minnie, 21. Lohan
Jacobs, 22. Marnitz Boshoff, 23. Howard Mnisi
15. Odwa Ndungane, 14. S'bura Sithole, 13.
Waylon Murray, 12. Andre Esterhuizen, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Fred Zeilinga, 9.
Cobus Reinach, 8. Ryan Kankowski, 7. Renaldo Bothma, 6. Marcell Coetzee, 5.
Marco Wentzel (captain), 4. Mouritz Botha, 3. Lourens Adriaanse, 2. Franco
Marais, 1. Dale Chadwick
Substitutes: 16. Monde Hadebe, 17. Thomas
du Toit, 18. Matt Stevens, 19. Etienne Oosthuizen, 20. Willem Alberts, 21.
Conrad Hoffmann, 22. Lionel Cronje, 23 Jack Wilson