JP, Sykes back for Sharks

2012-03-28 16:35

Durban - Sharks coach John Plumtree has brought back familiar faces into the starting line-up for Saturday’s Super Rugby clash against the Brumbies in Canberra.

According to Sharks website editor, Michael Marnewick, JP Pietersen is back at outside centre with Steven Sykes back in the starting lock berth.

While the Sharks suffered a mini injury crisis after the Reds game at Kings Park before hitting their four week overseas tour, they have welcomed Pietersen and Sykes back together with the inclusion of Jean Deysel who jetted in over the weekend to join up with the squad. 

Sykes has been passed fit to start on Saturday after playing off the bench last week, following an injury picked up in the Reds match two weeks ago in the only change to the pack.

Amongst the backs, Pat Lambie has been ruled out with a dental injury, with French international Frederic Michalak named to start at flyhalf in his place.

The return from injury of Pietersen sees him back at outside centre to partner Tim Whitehead who shifts back to inside centre after playing in the unfamiliar role of 13 against the Waratahs. Meyer Bosman shifts down to the bench.

Anton Bresler will play off the bench in a rotational switch with Sykes while Deysel will look to make his first Super Rugby appeareance of the year after 75 minutes for the Sharks XV in their Vodacom Cup match against Free State last Friday evening.

Craig Burden and Wiehahn Herbst offer front row stocks off the bench with Jacques Botes the fifth forward named amongst the subs. Bosman and Louis Ludik complete the 22-man match squad.

The Brumbies are targeting a fourth win from five starts to continue an impressive start to the season which sees them top of the Australian Conference and third on the overall log, while the Sharks will be looking to consolidate on some good performances of late, and specifically shoring up defensive lapses that cost them against the Waratahs last Saturday in Sydney.


Brumbies: TBA

Sharks: 15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 JP Pietersen, 12 Tim Whitehead, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Frederic Michalak, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Keegan Daniel (captain), 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Jandre Marais, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 2 Dale Chadwick.

Substitutes: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Wiehahn Herbst, 18 Anton Bresler, 19 Jean Deysel, 20 Jacques Botes, 21 Meyer Bosman, 22 Louis Ludik.


  • Bulldozer - 2012-03-28 16:47

    How about Paul Jordaan at 13 and no JP at all?

      malcolm.molver - 2012-03-28 17:01

      JP's a good player. I actually wouldn't mind seeing Jordaan and Whitehead in the centres and JP back at wing.

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-28 17:24

      Ndungane & Mvovo are both better than him.

      patrickjasoncawood - 2012-03-28 17:54

      JP starts for the Boks at wing and may the no13 for the England series, would walk into the Bulls side. His defence is about 200% better than BB

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-28 18:01

      Luckily Heyneke knows better. He might walk into your Kings side, but that's about it.

  • Mack - 2012-03-28 17:13

    Great to see Deysel on the way Back.What about Jordaan at 12 with Jp at 13. Either way i don't care as long as the boys represent KZN and do the supporters and themselves proud. Black and White. Nothing else matters!

      patrickjasoncawood - 2012-03-28 17:55

      Jordan with his big boot at 15, Tim Whitehead is getting better and better so why not keep him there

      Terry - 2012-03-28 21:04

      @patrickjasoncawood - as long as Tim Whitehead does not suffer another brain-fart like he did against the Waratahs last Saturday - that cost the Sharks the game!

  • Jack - 2012-03-28 18:03

    WTH is a dental injury? Is he having his wisdom teeth removed or something?

      goyougoodthing - 2012-03-28 18:15

      He got a knee to the face if you watched the game.

      malcolm.molver - 2012-03-28 18:16

      Don't know if you watched the Sharks-Tahs game, but Lambie took a heavy knock to the jaw. Think it knocked a tooth or two loose and resulted in considerable pain.

      bloedisblou - 2012-03-28 18:23

      verskoon maar hierdie dom stormer supporter, hulle het mos nie tande nie

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-28 18:28

      Ha ha ha ha ha Bloed, dis classic.

      malcolm.molver - 2012-03-28 19:19

      Haha Bloed, good one! I got a feeling that whatever teeth they've got left will be knocked out this Saturday!

  • Bernadette - 2012-03-30 12:39

    All the Best Shark!!!.....Bag this for us!!

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