White picks Sithole, Reinach
Durban - S’bura Sithole and Cobus Reinach
have both been included in the starting line-up for the Cell C Sharks ahead of their Super Rugby clash with the Brumbies in Canberra on Saturday, reports Sharks website
editor Michael Marnewick
They are two of three changes Director of Rugby Jake White
has made to the side. An injury enforced change at flank sees Keegan Daniel
taking over from Marcell Coetzee
who has returned home, while Reinach starts his first match since injuring himself against the Bulls in their fifth game of the tournament.
Charl McLeod rotates to the bench, having played almost every minute of the last five matches. The other changes come in the midfield where Paul Jordaan
replaces Heimar Williams
at inside centre, accommodating Sithole outside him.
The team would have settled down nicely into the routine of touring which means the disruptions they suffered in the opening week are behind them.
“We had an extra day to prepare for this match (compared to last week) and more time to plan,” said White. “First playing second on the log is obviously a massive game, but it’s irrelevant that I was there, or now I’m with the Sharks; the point is that in the 2014 competition, it’s number one playing number two.”
Pickings have been slim for Sharks’ teams of the past when they’ve had to face the Brumbies in Canberra, but White is hoping that the last visit there - in 2012 when the Sharks won 29-26 - will deliver just the ammunition the team needs to convince them that it is entirely possible.
“Like all teams, like us, they’re very difficult to beat at their home ground. Historically, it’s been a tough place to win, but the nice thing is that a lot of these players were here two years ago when they came to Canberra, so they’ve experienced the feeling of winning there already. We’re looking forward to seeing whether or not we can replicate what happened two years ago.
“We just have to keep playing well and keep winning. We control our own destiny which is the great thing when you’re in a sporting arena. You never want to have to rely on other results to determine your fortunes. If we keep winning, we can control the way the tournament will end up," concluded White.
Kick for Saturday's clash is scheduled for 11:40 (SA time).
15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Joe Tomane, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Robbie Coleman, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Nic White, 8 Ben Mowen (captain), 7 Jarrad Butler, 6 Fotu Auelua, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Scott Fardy, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Scott Sio.
Substitutes: 16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 Ruan Smith, 18 Ruaidhri Murphy, 19 Jordan Smiler, 20 Tom McVerry, 21 Michael Dowsett, 22 Andrew Smith, 23 Pat McCabeSharks:
15. Lwazi Mvovo
, 14. Odwa Ndungane
, 13. S’bura Sithole, 12. Paul Jordaan
, 11. JP Pietersen, 10. Frans Steyn
, 9. Cobus Reinach
, 8. Ryan Kankowski
, 7. Jean Deysel
, 6. Keegan Daniel
, 5. Stephan Lewies
, 4. Willem Alberts
, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. Bismarck du Plessis (captain), 1. Tendai Mtawarira
Substitutes: 16. Kyle Cooper
, 17. Dale Chadwick
, 18. Lourens Adriaanse
, 19. Etienne Oosthuizen, 20. Tera Mtembu, 21. Charl McLeod, 22. Heimar Williams
, 23. SP Marais