'Giant' at lock for Sharks
Durban - Lubabalo "Giant"
Mtyanda will make his Super Rugby debut for the Sharks when they host the Lions in a Super Rugby clash at Kings
Park on Saturday.
It is one of a handful of changes to the
team that lost 35-29 at home to the Cheetahs last weekend.
The Sharks also welcome back
skipper Bismarck du Plessis after he missed last weekend's match due to a shoulder injury.
Director of Rugby, Gary Gold, explaining
the rationale in making new selections, told Sharks website editor Michael
Marnewick: “Due to injuries, we have had to necessitate a few changes to the
“Apart from those injury-enforced changes,
we have tried to keep the team as consistent as possible, so that players have
another opportunity to get the wrongs of the past weekend right.”
They will have to make do without the likes
of wing S’bura Sithole, Mouritz Botha and Beast Mtawarira, but that opens the
door of opportunity to wing Odwa Ndungane, debutant lock Mtyanda and prop Dale Chadwick.
Two very exciting young talents in Thomas
du Toit and Andre Esterhuizen come onto the bench for this week’s match.
Kick-off for Saturday’s clash is scheduled
15. SP Marais, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. Waylon Murray, 12. Heimar
Williams, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Patrick Lambie, 9. Cobus Reinach, 8. Tera
Mtembu, 7. Renaldo Bothma, 6. Marcell Coetzee, 5. Pieter-Steph du Toit,
4. Lubabalo Mtyanda, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. Bismarck du Plessis
(captain), 1. Dale Chadwick
Substitutes: 16. Kyle Cooper, 17. Thomas du Toit, 18. Matt Stevens, 19.
Marco Wentzel, 20. Jean Deysel, 21. Conrad Hoffmann, 22. Fred Zeilinga,
23. Andre Esterhuizen