Get the Sport24 daily newsletter delivered to your Inbox!


    Sharks ring changes for Chiefs clash

    2016-04-26 17:09

    Cape Town - Sharks director of rugby Gary Gold has made a number of changes, including a positional switch, to his starting lineup as they prepare to face the Chiefs in a Super Rugby clash in New Plymouth, New Zealand on Friday (09:35 kick-off).

    With Tendai Mtawarira rested as per SARU requirements, Keegan Daniel will captain the team from the side of the scrum. In other changes, JP Pietersen moves to right wing with Paul Jordaan coming into the team at outside centre while veteran scrumhalf Michael Claassens replaces Cobus Reinach. 

    A number of changes have been made in the pack where the Sharks will have an all new front row as Dale Chadwick, Kyle Cooper and Lourens Adriaanse replace Mtawarira, Franco Marais and Coenie Oosthuizen respectively.

    In the final change to the pack, Daniel du Preez returns at No.8 in place of Phillip van der Walt.

    Gold was extremely happy with a win from the first game of the tour against the Highlanders. 

    The win against the Highlanders was a great confidence boost for the players.  I’m proud of the fight and immense character they showed to grind out the win."

    Gold acknowledged that their match against the Chiefs although very important in the context of their season, would be extremely tough.

    “We are playing the best team in New Zealand this Friday and it’s going to be a massive game for us.  Throughout this season they’ve shown their brilliance on attack and if you make a mistake, they will pounce on it and hurt you.  We have a huge amount of respect for them and are under no illusions about the enormity of the challenge.

    “We have an opportunity to create history in New Zealand this Friday, and we need to be clinical and take our chances.  Discipline is going to be key and we need to stay grounded.  We believe we have the balance of the team right with the energy and exuberance of youth in players such as Daniel, Jean-Luc, Garth and Hyron, as well as the experience of seasoned campaigners like Keegan, Michael, Odwa, Jean and JP," said Gold.





    15. Willie le Roux, 14. JP Pietersen, 13. Paul Jordaan, 12. Andre Esterhuizen, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Garth April, 9. Michael Claassens, 8. Daniel du Preez, 7. Jean-Luc du Preez, 6. Keegan Daniel (captain), 5. Stephan Lewies, 4. Etienne Oosthuizen, 3. Lourens Adriaanse, 2. Kyle Cooper, 1. Dale Chadwick

    Substitutes: 16. Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17. Thomas du Toit, 18. Coenie Oosthuizen, 19. Hyron Andrews, 20. Jean Deysel, 21. Stefan Ungerer, 22. Joe Pietersen, 23. Odwa Ndungane

    What To Read Next

    Read News24’s Comments Policy

    Live Video Streaming
    Video Highlights
    Sport Talk
    Most Read


    23 February 2017
    • Rebels v Blues, AAMI Park 12:45
    24 February 2017
    • Highlanders v Chiefs, 10:35
    • Reds v Sharks, Suncorp Stadium 13:00
    25 February 2017
    • Sunwolves v Hurricanes, Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium 08:15
    • Crusaders v Brumbies, AMI Stadium 10:35
    • Waratahs v Force, Allianz Stadium 12:45
    • Cheetahs v Lions, Toyota Stadium 17:05
    • Kings v Jaguares, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 19:15
    • Stormers v Bulls, Cape Town 21:30


    06 August 2016
    30 July 2016
    23 July 2016
    22 July 2016
    16 July 2016
    15 July 2016
    09 July 2016
    08 July 2016
    02 July 2016
    01 July 2016
    29 May 2016
    28 May 2016
    27 May 2016
    21 May 2016
    20 May 2016
    14 May 2016
    13 May 2016
    07 May 2016
    06 May 2016
    30 April 2016
    29 April 2016
    24 April 2016
    23 April 2016
    22 April 2016
    16 April 2016
    15 April 2016
    09 April 2016
    08 April 2016
    03 April 2016
    02 April 2016
    01 April 2016
    27 March 2016
    26 March 2016
    25 March 2016
    19 March 2016
    18 March 2016
    12 March 2016
    11 March 2016
    05 March 2016
    04 March 2016
    27 February 2016
    26 February 2016

    Opinion Poll

    Jake White will leave his job as Montpellier coach next year. Where would you like to see the former Springbok coach, coach next?

    The ultimate Super Rugby quiz!

    There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.