Sharks buoyed by returning trio

2012-08-16 15:26

Durban - The Sharks have welcomed back experienced trio Louis Ludik, Charl McLeod and Anton Bresler for their Currie Cup clash against the Lions in Durban on Saturday.

Their inclusion forms part of four changes to the starting XV that ran out 25-23 winners against Western Province at Newlands last week.

Fullback Ludik replaces Gouws Prinsloo, scrumhalf Charl McLeod is in for Cobus Reinach and lock Anton Bresler replaces Jandre Marais - all three excluded players will play off the bench.

The only other change sees Francois Kleinhans come in at flank for Lubabalo Mtembu.

Coach John Plumtree admitted there were few positives to take from their opening win of the campaign last week, despite it being in Cape Town.

He said he was looking for a big improvement at Kings Park.

“It was just a start for us and we were happy to get those points,” Plumtree said.

“There weren’t a lot of positives to take out of the game.

“Perhaps there was tenacity within the group to hang on when it was really important, so that showed a bit of character.

“But we’re really looking for a 40-50 percent improvement in all areas this week.”



15 Louis Ludik, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 S'bura Sithole, 10 Riaan Viljoen, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Jacques Botes, 7 Jean Deysel (captain), 6 Francois Kleinhans, 5 Anton Bresler, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Craig Burden, 1 Dale Chadwick.

Substitutes: 16 Monde Hadebe, 17 Julian Redelinghuys, 18 Jandre Marais, 19 Lubabalo Mtembu, 20 Cobus Reinach, 21 Marius Joubert, 22 Gouws Prinsloo.

Golden Lions:

15 Andries Coetzee, 14 JR Esterhuizen, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Waylon Murray, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Butch James, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Josh Strauss, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Hendrik Roodt, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg (captain).

Substitutes: 16 Francois du Toit, 17 CJ van der Linde, 18 Willie Britz, 19 Jaco Kriel, 20 Ross Cronje, 21 Guy Cronje, 22 Ruan Combrinck.


  • denis.dendrinos - 2012-08-16 16:06

    CRUSHHH them boys - sorry but I that loss during the S15 is still too fresh - time for some payback.....

  • juan.potgieter.39 - 2012-08-16 16:17

    Good luck sharks. I must say the team still looks good even with 10 of our players playing for the Boks. Boks also better win which they should. there are 8 sharks in the starting lineup,

  • skinfaxi.mordor - 2012-08-16 17:16

    I think this scrum is going to battle a bit. I was really impressed with Cobus Reinach last week. Good to see him already replacing Conrad Hoffman on the bench.

  • paul.nel.376 - 2012-08-16 17:49

    The Curry Cup Champions will win again!!!! Perhaps too few Lions in Bok team?

  • gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-08-16 22:08

    It's gonna be a good game for sure. Really looking forward to this one. Go Sharks!

  • sean.brady.14224 - 2012-08-16 23:06

    If Elton has no chance of getting a game in the Championship squad he should be released back to the Lions. Obviously the same goes for the other players being returned to their Unions. It makes no sense for these guys to be sitting around not getting game time.

  • rudidanette.vanwyk - 2012-08-17 21:50

    @ PapSakkie.Hulle moet jou ban van die netwerk af. WP/Stormers sal nooit enige iets wen nie. Word groot, of moet ek jou ma vra om jou doekie om te ruil.

  • deon.booysen - 2012-08-18 21:32

    Wonder what happened to the lions by 10+ ??

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