Hernandez to start for Sharks

2009-08-05 13:24

Durban - Juan Martin Hernandez will start his first Currie Cup match for the Sharks against the Leopards in Rustenburg on Friday.

With scrumhalf Rory Kockott ruled out of the clash with a shoulder injury, Hernandez will partner Charl McLeod in the halfback combination in order to provide that extra boost in the kicking department.

Young Guy Cronje will play off the bench.

In other changes, talented Wiehahn Herbst starts his first game at tighthead while Pat Cilliers moves to loosehead as Deon Carstens is out with a rib injury.

Odwa Ndungane is yet another experienced player who has been sidelined with injury (hamstring), and has been replaced by fleet-footed Chris Jordaan.

Meanwhile, Waylon Murray continues to be brought back slowly after an ongoing knee injury and will be on the bench for the second consecutive week.


Stefan Terblanche (captain), Chris Jordaan, Andries Strauss, Riaan Swanepoel, Lwazi Mvovo, Juan Martin Hernandez, Charl McLeod, Ryan Kankowski, Jean Deysel, Keegan Daniel, Albert van den Berg, Steven Sykes, Wiehahn Herbst, Skipper Badenhorst, Patric Cilliers

Replacements - Craig Burden, Dale Chadwick, Michael Rhodes, Jacques Botes, Ross Cronje, Guy Cronje, Waylon Murray


  • Spaniard - 2009-08-05 13:52

    Bienvenido Juan, espero que disfruten de su estancia aquí en Durban, y jugar bien para el Tiburón

  • Bart - 2009-08-05 13:54

    Can Griquas please get the same coverage as the Sharks. They are playing the best rugby in CC. How can they become a better franchise without coverage.

  • Stephen - 2009-08-05 16:42

    Cheez, even with all the changes, it is a strong side. Hernandez is quality- getting him was a coup. He could become another Sharks legend. Sharks to win by 50 points

  • Sluggy - 2009-08-06 09:43

    @Stephen, wat are talking about... Can you actually read what you have written... Sharks Legend? Get real... Cant the Sharks find anyone in thier academy of 200+ players? Why do you need someone to come from overseas to become a legend? Get real...

  • Belinda - 2009-08-06 12:38

    Go Sharks! Juan welcome to the Sharks! Pity Rory will not be playing but the Sharks are a strong side and I have no doubt of the outcome of the game. Stefan is a good captain and a very, very reliable fullback. Ryan fast and always ready. A Shark win. Sharks forever!

  • Sharks for Ever - 2009-08-06 13:15

    Bart, only when they are sponsored by Vodacom! Have you seen they are only televising vodacom sponsored teams! 1 currie cup match a weekend is a joke!! and that is what I am paying R600 per month for! Sluggy a typically sour grape posting! go sulk elsewhere!

  • Sharky andrew - 2009-08-06 14:25

    @Sluggy - I'm sure there was a Namibian International player who was playing for the bulls a few years ago, so the bulls fans shouldn;t really be judging us for not using local talent.

  • Sluggy - 2009-08-07 13:48

    @Sharky Andrew... You might be right but its not every single curry cup season that we buy players from overseas... Hernadez, michelak, tony brown, thierry lecroix... Nuff said

  • Kevan - 2009-08-10 13:59

    Bull supporters, it does not matter where you buy players from. Your team is full of imports to,even if they are South African. I have 1 thing to say to Blue Bull supporters, please do not shout for the Blue Bulls when the Springboks are playing. I have watched all the BL,AB and Australian test at various pubs,without fail, the blue bull supporters will always shout for the Blue bull players. I do not hear the other supporters shout for there teams.

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