White opts for consistency
Durban - The Cell C Sharks starting line-up remains unchanged for this Saturday’s Super Rugby clash with the Lions from the team named by Director of Rugby Jake White
for the Waratahs a fortnight ago, reports Sharks website
editor Michael Marnewick
Centre Paul Jordaan
is over his injury and returns to the match 23, replacing Heimar Williams
on the bench in the only change White has made. Despite the physical nature of the battle against the Waratahs, the Sharks had the good fortune of being able to keep the squad intact.
Despite the Lions losing to the Crusaders last weekend, White admits that no-one should be reading anything into that result.
“People will say they’re disappointed, but the truth is, the Crusaders have won the title seven times. They are generally a team that starts late, they tend to hit their straps later in the competition, and the worst time to play them is in the middle of the tournament. So I don’t think we need to read too much into the fact that the Lions lost to the Crusaders. Yes, they’ll be disappointed because they have been going along well, but to lose to the Crusaders is not doom or gloom for anybody.”
White warns that his team are going to have it tough once again in a typical South African derby where the two packs look to assert dominance over one another.
“The Lions’ forward pack has been outstanding, I think Johan Ackermann has done a fantastic job. He talks about it often and he’s right, he has an inexperienced front row that took on a team like the Auckland Blues who have three All Blacks playing and next week they’re up against a Reds’ side with three Wallabies playing there. Their front row was supposedly young players who’ve come along and staked a claim. That’s just three players in a whole team, but it epitomises everybody in that group: no-namers who have really stuck their hands up and played above themselves.
“And then they have a lot of pace in the backline and a lot of skills, and the fact that Elton Jantjies
, a Springbok, isn’t in their starting line-up proves that they’re obviously quite comfortable with the way they’re playing. Last time we played them, Elton started against us. Now he’s not in the mix, so it will be a completely different challenge for us.”
Kick-off at Kings Park is scheduled for 19:10 on Saturday.Teams:Sharks:
15. Lwazi Mvovo
, 14. Odwa Ndungane
, 13. S’bura Sithole, 12. Frans Steyn
, 11. JP Pietersen
, 10. Fred Zeilinga
, 9. Charl McLeod, 8. Ryan Kankowski
, 7. Jean Deysel
, 6. Marcell Coetzee
, 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. Keegan Daniel
, 21. Stefan Ungerer, 22. Paul Jordaan
, 23. SP MaraisLions: