Butch, Ludik in Sharks midfield

2013-06-27 13:00

Durban - Butch James and Louis Ludik will link up in the midfield for the Sharks in their clash with the Blues at Kings Park on Saturday (14:50 kick-off), reports the Sharks website.

The Sharks starting XV includes 12 Springboks, with hooker Bismarck du Plessis named on the bench alongside scrumhalf Cobus Reinach who is also returning from injury.

The Blues are a dangerous side, chasing a top six finish and will no doubt be looking to give it their all against a Sharks side determined to show what they are capable of.

“The Blues have always had a willingness to play from all areas of the field and if you look at the players they have - certainly in the backline - they have x-factor players all over the field,” said Sharks assistant coach Grant Bashford. “They are a handful with the right ball so we need to stunt them and limit them quality ball, deny them gain-line quick ball.”

He added that like all sides who analyse the opposition, there are areas they will target in an attempt to disrupt the visiting side.

“Their lineout hasn’t functioned as well as they would have liked at times this year, their scrum has also put them under a bit of pressure. We have areas we would like to put them under pressure, but that’s the case with every team you play. It won’t be a surprise to them in any way.

“For us, it’s about regrouping really quickly and trying to finish this campaign on a high.” 



15. Riaan Viljoen, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. Louis Ludik, 12. Butch James, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Patrick Lambie, 9. Charl McLeod, 8. Keegan Daniel (captain), 7. Willem Alberts, 6. Marcell Coetzee, 5. Franco van der Merwe, 4. Edwin Hewitt, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. Kyle Cooper, 1. Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16. Bismarck du Plessis, 17. Daniel Mienie / Wiehahn Herbst, 18. Jandre Marais, 19. Jean Deysel, 20. Jacques Botes, 21. Cobus Reinach, 22. Jaco van Tonder


15. Charles Piutau, 14. Frank Halai, 13. Jackson Willison, 12. Francis Saili, 11. George Moala, 10. Chris Noakes, 9. Piri Weepu, 8. Peter Saili, 7. Luke Braid, 6. Steven Luatua, 5. Ali Williams (captain), 4. Anthony Boric, 3. Angus Ta’avao, 2. James Parsons, 1. Tim Perry

Substitutes: 16. Keven Mealamu, 17. Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 18. Kane Barrett / Culum Retallick, 19. Brendon O’Connor, 20. Jamison Gibson-Park, 21.Baden Kerr, 22. Rene Ranger


  • Kevin Robarts - 2013-06-27 12:26

    Sharks loosies too much for Blues to handle

      Niel van der Walt - 2013-06-27 12:49

      Lol and the blues backs waaaaaay too much for the sharks to handle

  • steve.haag1 - 2013-06-27 12:27


  • Gary Doyle - 2013-06-27 12:29

    Good team despite all the circumstances. Glad sanity prevailed and Lambie is at 10 with Butch at 12. Go Sharks!

      Riaan Van Der Merwe - 2013-06-27 12:42

      Can't agree more with you raven!

      Gary Doyle - 2013-06-27 12:44

      I was also a bit surprised by that Raven but Cooper is having a fantastic season. I think Bis will be given quite alot of time from the bench though, more than he got at Boks and it'll be a huge impact. Sa is definately the hooker capital of the world..!

  • Bardof Blairgowrie - 2013-06-27 12:30

    Awwww..... I was hoping that they would play shampoodle at centre to confuse the laaitie...

      Riaan Van Der Merwe - 2013-06-27 12:46

      Hahahahahhahaha julle is weer narre vandag julle m stein aanhangers!

      Riaan Van Der Merwe - 2013-06-27 13:00

      Dit is sad om te sien die bulle moet hulle self thumps up gee lol

      Riaan Van Der Merwe - 2013-06-27 15:02

      Hahahahahaha jy rook seker pille thomas retardes, dis in die oos kaap dommie!

      Riaan Van Der Merwe - 2013-06-27 16:24

      Hahahaha ja is seke so as j dit so sien ja! Bulle like die uitenhagers koop en PE manne, ja die beefeater kook nog ma nie seker van ramonas nie! So j se j kom vani hage af?

  • Riaan Van Der Merwe - 2013-06-27 12:35

    All in all nogsteeds n goeie span met al ons beserings, ons het darm bitjie diepte in die span. Die voorspelers lyk baie goed en met n gevaarlike bank ook, maar sou met bissie begin, bly om j botes terug te sien, hys rerig n underated speler! En as j deysel op die bank moet sit weet jy die loosies is goed wat begin. Die agterlyn is ok en kan nogsteeds driee druk maar van set peaces af sal hulle nie baie gevaar kan stel nie maar verdediging sal goed wees veral met ludik terug en op buite senter! Come on sharks let's do this, sharks forever!

      Niel van der Walt - 2013-06-27 12:51

      Julle beste hoop is basies maar dat die blues nie fire nie, as die blues fire verloor julle.

      Riaan Van Der Merwe - 2013-06-27 13:10

      Ja niel nes die bulle gefire het teen die crusaders die jaar ne?

      Niel van der Walt - 2013-06-27 13:18

      Riaan, waarvan praat jy nou? Wat het daardie game met die een te doen?

      Riaan Van Der Merwe - 2013-06-27 13:23

      Blues kan ma fire ou pel ons sal hulle nogsteeds wen! Dis ons game om te verloor so as ons verloor sal weens swak spel van onself wees!

  • Randy Solomons - 2013-06-27 13:05


      Omge Klits - 2013-06-27 13:53

      Can't be Willemse - that was a Saarks with an H.

  • Vernon Annandale - 2013-06-27 15:41

    Going to be a epic game!SHARKS4EVA!

  • Jason Hepple - 2013-06-27 16:00

    Seems many people are nervous of the sharks now that the boks and injuries are back in the team... And amazing how many people feel the need to comment on a rugby article about a team that "supposedly" is no threat to them...??

  • Leon Young - 2013-06-27 16:15

    goooo shaaaaarks

  • Reon Martin - 2013-06-27 19:38

    this can only help lambie,i hope pat puts in a few mega performances.

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