Currie Cup

Young lock to debut for Sharks

2013-09-25 14:00
Stephan Lewies (Gallo Images)
Durban - Following their 50-26 mauling of Free State last week, the Sharks have been forced to make two changes to their side ahead of their Currie Cup clash against the Golden Lions in Johannesburg on Friday, reports Sharks website editor Michael Marnewick.

With Marcell Coetzee and Pieter-Steph du Toit called up to the Springboks, Justin Downey and Stephan Lewies have been named as the only changes to last week’s side, with the latter making his debut.

“Stephan Lewies from the Under-21s has been doing very well and coming into the match 22 at lock is great for him,” explains Sharks forwards coach Brad Macleod-Henderson.

"He’s a nice tall young man who has played well for the Under-21s both this year and last, and he has been one of the stars in 2013, so it’s fantastic for him to get the opportunity and show what he can do. He’s more an out and out number five lock, he’s quite athletic, has a nice frame on him so it will be great to see how he goes.

“The Lions done well this year and had a good run in the Currie Cup, they have a tough pack of forwards, some exciting backs and we’re playing at Ellis Park so it’s going to be a big challenge on Friday night.

“The same as every week.”

Kick-off at Ellis Park is at 19:10 on Friday.

Teams:

Golden Lions:

15 Marnitz Boshoff, 14 Andries Coetzee, 13 Deon Helberg, 12 Dylan Des Fountain, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronjé, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Derick Minnie (captain), 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Chris van Zyl, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 CJ van der Linde.

Substitutes: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Jacques van Rooyen, 18 Willie Britz, 19 Warwick Tecklenberg, 20 Guy Cronjé, 21 Grant Janke, 22 Ruhan Nel

Sharks:

15. SP Marais, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. Tim Whitehead, 12. Heimar Williams, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Fred Zeilinga, 9. Charl McLeod, 8. Keegan Daniel (captain), 7. Tera Mtembu, 6. Justin Downey, 5. Stephan Lewies, 4. Peet Marais, 3. Wiehahn Herbst, 2. Kyle Cooper, 1. Dale Chadwick

Substitutes: 16. Monde Hadebe, 17. Danie Mienie, 18. Edwin Hewitt, 19. Brynard Stander, 20. Cobus Reinach, 21. Butch James, 22. Jaco van Tonder

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