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    Sharks unchanged for Lions

    2014-03-06 09:03
    Durban -  The Cell C Sharks team remains unchanged for this Saturday’s Super Rugby clash with the Lions at Kings Park to mark the same line-up for three games in succession, reports Sharks website editor Michael Marnewick.

    Being able to name the same team from one week to the next is a rare luxury for a coach, never mind this being the third match in a row where director of rugby, Jake White, has been able to stick with the same side that defeated the Bulls in week one and the Hurricanes the week after that.

    They’ve had a bye week in which to rest up briefly, recharge and allow sore muscles to heal, and now face a determined Lions side that will travel to Durban intent on proving that the first two weeks when they saw off the Cheetahs and Stormers were meaningful victories.

    Their defeat to the Bulls last weekend meant they were unable to leap-frog the Sharks on the South African Conference log, but they have another opportunity to do so this week. The Sharks, despite not playing and not picking up any log points (SANZAR no longer awards teams points during their byes), remained on top of the SA Conference, and will hope to give a good enough display to ensure both that they remain there and prove why they should be there.

    The Lions, in fourth spot on the overall log, are just one log point off the Sharks who find themselves in second place overall, behind the leading Waratahs who have maximum points from their two games and certainly a team that is proving dangerous this season.

    Kick-off is at 19:10 on Saturday.

    Teams:

    Sharks:

    15. SP Marais, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. Paul Jordaan, 12. Frans Steyn, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Patrick Lambie, 9. Cobus Reinach, 8. Ryan Kankowski, 7. Willem Alberts, 6. Marcell Coetzee, 5. Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4. Anton Bresler, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. Bismarck du Plessis (captain), 1. Tendai Mtawarira

    Substitutes: 16. Kyle Cooper, 17. Dale Chadwick, 18. Lourens Adriaanse, 19. Stephan Lewies, 20. Jean Deysel, 21. Charl McLeod, 22. Heimar Williams, 23. S’bura Sithole

    Lions:

    TBA

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