Garth April at pivot for Sharks
Cape Town - Sharks director of rugby Gary Gold has named his
side to face the Highlanders in Dunedin on Friday (kick-off (09:35 SA time).
This week’s team named to play the Highlanders shows a
number of changes to the personnel.
“Paul Jordaan was struggling, as was Daniel du Preez, and
that afforded a few other guys an opportunity,” Gold told the Sharks' official
“There were some niggles after the Blues game and yes, we
have a few guys on tour and we want to bring them in. We want competition for
places to be strong and with a squad of 27 on tour, we want to be able to call
on each of them, and for everyone to make a contribution.”
Jordaan’s niggle has precluded his selection which means JP
Pietersen shifts to outside centre with Odwa Ndungane coming into the starting
line-up. His place on the bench is taken by S’bura Sithole.
Also named on the bench are Chiliboy Ralepelle and Jean
Deysel for their first probable appearances this year.
Garth April has been given a start and swaps places
with Joe Pietersen at flyhalf, while Keegan Daniel, in for Daniel du Preez, is the final
15. Ben Smith (captain), 14. Matt Faddes, 13. Malakai
Fekitoa, 12. Jason Emery, 11. Jack Wilson, 10. Lima Sopoaga, 9. Aaron Smith, 8.
Liam Squire, 7. Shane Christie, 6. Elliot Dixon, 5. Joe Wheeler, 4. Tom
Franklin, 3. Josh Hohneck, 2. Ash Dixon, 1. Daniel Lienert-Brown
Substitutes: 16. Liam Coltman, 17. Craig Millar, 18. Ross
Geldenhuys, 19. Alex Ainley, 20. Dan Pryor, 21. Fumiaki Tanaka, 22. Hayden
Parker, 23. Patrick Osborne
15. Willie le Roux, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. JP Pietersen, 12.
Andre Esterhuizen, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Garth April, 9. Cobus Reinach, 8.
Philip van der Walt, 7. Jean-Luc du Preez, 6. Keegan Daniel, 5. Stephan Lewies,
4. Etienne Oosthuizen, 3. Coenie Oosthuizen, 2. Franco Marais, 1. Tendai
Substitutes: 16. Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17. Thomas du Toit ,
18. Lourens Adriaanse, 19. Hyron Andrews, 20. Jean Deysel, 21. Michael
Claassens, 22. Joe Pietersen, 23. S’bura Sithole