Ndungane to start for Sharks

2012-05-31 13:22

Durban - Sharks coach John Plumtree has made enforced changes to the team to play the Lions in Saturday's Vodacom Super Rugby clash at Coca-Cola Park forced on him by player losses to the SA Under 20 squad, according to Sharks website editor Michael Marnewick.

Centre Paul Jordaan and lock Pieter-Steph du Toit have both been called up for the Junior Boks for their campaign in the IRB Junior World Championship 2012 to be held in South Africa from 4 to 22 June and will miss this match which has necessitated some re-organisation of the backline in particular.

With Tim Whitehead still out, Meyer Bosman and JP Pietersen will form The Sharks centre partnership, with Odwa Ndungane coming into the starting XV on Pietersen's wing. The spot that opens up on the bench is taken by Marius Joubert while Jandre Marais comes in for du Toit.

Louis Ludik returns to the team after being forced to miss last week's win over the Stormers after dropping a weight on his foot and takes the place of Riaan Viljoen.

While there was talk of Plumtree rotating his team, it was decided that the confidence and momentum that has built up over the last month is a strength not to be tampered with as The Sharks look to go into their month long break from Super Rugby on a high.

A wounded Lions team await in Johannesburg - one that has lost 11 out of 12 games - and they won't need much reminding of how they raised themselves in the Absa Currie Cup Final last year.

For The Sharks, hanging over them is the sheer waste all their hard work in the past four matches would be rendered if they slip up against the Lions. Quite simply, too much effort has been put in for them to take the foot off the pedal.


15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Butch James, 11 Anthonie Volminck, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Joshua Strauss (captain), 7 Grant Hattingh, 6 Derick Minnie, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Hendrik Roodt, 3 Patric Cilliers, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 CJ van der Linde

Substitutes: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 JC Janse van Rensburg, 18 Etienne Oosthuizen, 19 Cobus Grobbelaar, 20 Ross Cronje, 21 Waylon Murray, 22 Ruan Combrinck

15 Patrick Lambie, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 JP Pietersen, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Frederic Michalak, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Keegan Daniel (captain), 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Anton Bresler, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Wiehahn Herbst, 18 Jandre Marais, 19 Ryan Kankowski, 20 Jacques Botes, 21 Marius Joubert, 22 Louis Ludik


  • malcolm.molver - 2012-05-31 13:38

    Even without Whitehead and Jordaan, this is still a damn good side. Bosman will just have to do his bit on defence. The biggest danger for the Sharks is complacency. I'd like to see them replicate their excellent performance against the Stormers. They can do it. Sharks Forever!

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-05-31 14:04

      I'm no fishpaste club supporter, but the sharks will inflict some Ellis Park payback come Saturday. Sharks by 20

      malcolm.molver - 2012-05-31 14:37

      They should win comfortably. But they have a habit of underestimating "weak" opponents. If they're mentally up for it then there's no doubt they can get the 5 points.

      Thomas - 2012-05-31 20:11

      Damn! At a quick glance this photo comes across like one of the Williams sisters!!!

  • LeonTheShark - 2012-05-31 13:54

    Where is my favourite jean deysel?

      Richard - 2012-05-31 14:01

      Leon, unfortunately with the likes of Willem Alberts, Marcell Coetzee, Craig Burden, Ryan Kankowski and Jacques Botes there's not much room for him. A pity though. I also like him.

      LeonTheShark - 2012-05-31 14:08

      Maybe the knee again a fit deysel the best

      Marcel - 2012-05-31 14:48

      he's playing club rugby this weekend, not injured

      LeonTheShark - 2012-05-31 14:58

      Thanks marcel hope he be back to his best soon s fit deysel a must

      beachee1 - 2012-05-31 15:58

      I think that Keagan should be rested. He has played his heart out week in and week out. Give Kanko a run. Not the worst replacement in the world! I want to see Lambie back at 10. He is a MASHEEEN

  • riaan.v.merwe - 2012-05-31 13:59

    No match fixing this time on Ellis park lions!SHARKS groete

  • Nathan - 2012-05-31 19:41

    I wouldn't underestimate the lions...this weeks Sharks backline isn't our greatest,and the butchers back, I don't think lions will win, but I don't think it'll be a walk over either. Sharks by around 9

  • theunis.botha.96 - 2012-06-01 11:27

    Human rights,annimal rights and greenpeace organisations should do anything in their power to prevent this game being played.When something is down and out,it effective'ly means it is down and out.

  • Hans - 2012-06-01 11:40

    Marcel, Alberts, Daniels = "TNT...Dynamite...TNT and we'll win the fight"...... BLACK . WHITE . DYNAMITE

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