Durban - Sharks coach John Plumtree has made enforced changes to the team to play the
Lions in Saturday's Vodacom Super Rugby clash at Coca-Cola Park forced
on him by player losses to the SA Under 20 squad, according to Sharks website
editor Michael Marnewick
Centre Paul Jordaan and lock Pieter-Steph du Toit have both been called
up for the Junior Boks for their campaign in the IRB Junior World
Championship 2012 to be held in South Africa from 4 to 22 June and will
miss this match which has necessitated some re-organisation of the
backline in particular.
With Tim Whitehead still out, Meyer Bosman and JP Pietersen will form
The Sharks centre partnership, with Odwa Ndungane coming into the
starting XV on Pietersen's wing. The spot that opens up on the bench is
taken by Marius Joubert while Jandre Marais comes in for du Toit.
Louis Ludik returns to the team after being forced to miss last week's
win over the Stormers after dropping a weight on his foot and takes the
place of Riaan Viljoen.
While there was talk of Plumtree rotating his team, it was decided that
the confidence and momentum that has built up over the last month is a
strength not to be tampered with as The Sharks look to go into their
month long break from Super Rugby on a high.
A wounded Lions team await in Johannesburg - one that has lost 11 out of
12 games - and they won't need much reminding of how they raised
themselves in the Absa Currie Cup Final last year.
For The Sharks, hanging over them is the sheer waste all their hard work
in the past four matches would be rendered if they slip up against the
Lions. Quite simply, too much effort has been put in for them to take
the foot off the pedal.
15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Butch
James, 11 Anthonie Volminck, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Joshua
Strauss (captain), 7 Grant Hattingh, 6 Derick Minnie, 5 Franco van der
Merwe, 4 Hendrik Roodt, 3 Patric Cilliers, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 CJ van
Substitutes: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 JC Janse
van Rensburg, 18 Etienne Oosthuizen, 19 Cobus Grobbelaar, 20 Ross
Cronje, 21 Waylon Murray, 22 Ruan CombrinckSharks:
15 Patrick Lambie, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 JP Pietersen, 12 Meyer
Bosman, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Frederic Michalak, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Keegan
Daniel (captain), 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Anton Bresler, 4
Steven Sykes, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai
Substitutes: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Wiehahn Herbst, 18 Jandre
Marais, 19 Ryan Kankowski, 20 Jacques Botes, 21 Marius Joubert, 22 Louis