Town - Sharks coach Robert du Preez has
spoken about the difficulties he had in selecting his side for Saturday's
Currie Cup semi-final against the Golden Lions in Durban.
The Sharks are favourites going
into the clash having played impressive rugby throughout the shortened 2018
tournament so far.
But, with a number of players
having recently returned from injury and the Springboks, most Currie Cup
coaches have had to think long and hard about selecting their sides for the
Du Preez was no different, and he
opened up on Thursday about some of the big decisions he had to make, including
leaving Jean-Luc du Preez and Coenie Oosthuizen on the bench.
"It's probably one of the
most difficult selection meetings we have had, certainly for me in the last few
years," Du Preez said.
"We had a lot of debate
around that but we just believe that the guys, especially in the loose trio,
have done the job for us. We wanted to keep that going.
"Jean-Luc did really well
when he came onto the field (against Griquas last weekend) so we're happy to
use him off the bench again.
"Coenie was a big debate between
him and Tom. We're just in a very fortunate position where we have two superb
Another tough selection was at
hooker, where Du Preez has benched Chiliboy Ralepelle while Akker van der Merwe
gets the start.
"Hooker was another tough
one," the coach said.
"You've got two Springbok
hookers in your squad and we just believed that Akker, playing against his old
province, would be good to start with."
Kick-off on Saturday is at 14:30.
15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Jeremy Ward, 12 Marius Louw, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Louis Schreuder (captain), 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Tyler Paul, 6 Jacques Vermeulen, 5 Hyron Andrews, 4 Gideon Koegelenberg, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Akker van der Merwe, 1 Juan Schoeman
Substitutes: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Mzamo Majola, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Luke Stringer, 20 Jean-Luc du Preez, 21 Cameron Wright, 22 Leolin Zas, 23 Aphelele Fassi
15 Sylvian Mahuza, 14 Courtnall Skosan, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Howard Mnisi, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Elton Janties, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Pikkie de Villiers, 6 James Venter, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Rhyno Herbst, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Pieter Jansen, 1 Sti SitholeSubstitutes: 16 Tiaan van der Merwe, 17 Danie Mienie, 18 Chergin Fillies, 19 Vincent Tshituka, 20 Hacjivah Dayimani, 21 Dillon Smit, 22 Shaun Reynolds, 23 Wandisile Simelani