Sharks bolster their front row

2012-07-18 15:58

Johannesburg - The Sharks have bolstered their front row, with Tendai "Beast" Mtawarira and Bismarck du Plessis included in the starting side for their Super Rugby playoff against the Reds in Brisbane on Saturday.

The duo are among five changes made to the starting XV from the side that defeated the Cheetahs in Durban last week.

Mtawarira, who missed the Cheetahs clash, has been passed fit and will start in place of Dale Chadwick in the front row.

Du Plessis, who started on the bench last week, has also fully recovered from a knee injury and replaces Craig Burden at hooker.

Fullback Patrick Lambie, who did not join the touring squad while recovering from an ankle injury, has been replaced by Louis Ludik, who moves up from the bench.

With centre Frans Steyn ineligible for the playoffs, as he signed with the Sharks after the April 1 transfer deadline, he is replaced by Paul Jordaan.

Jordaan starts at outside centre, with Tim Whitehead moving across to his inside.

Willem Alberts is a surprise inclusion at lock, replacing Pieter-Steph du Toit, who was also left out of the touring squad with an ankle injury.

Included among the reinforcements on the bench is lock Steven Sykes who has passed a fitness test after missing last week's clash.





15 Louis Ludik, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Tim Whitehead, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Frederic Michalak, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Marcell Coetzee, 6 Keegan Daniel (captain), 5 Anton Bresler, 4 Willem Alberts, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.

Substitutes: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Wiehahn Herbst, 18 Steven Sykes, 19 Jacques Botes, 20 Cobus Reinach, 21 Meyer Bosman, 22 Odwa Ndungane.


  • andries.becker.1 - 2012-07-18 16:14


      koper.koos.1 - 2012-07-18 23:05

      Hoor hoor. Albei die Sharks en Reds peak nou presies op dieselfde tyd, so hierdie gaan 'n groot game wees. Op papier behoort die Sharks steeds die Reds se baas te wees.

  • cape.maori - 2012-07-18 16:31

    Alberts on lock??? Whip them Reds so that the Saders can whip the stormers and we can have an all NZ final after the Chiefs klap of the Reds.

      dave.short.102 - 2012-07-18 17:20


      cavin.snyman - 2012-07-18 18:10

      I think you just might be in for a big surprise Cape lol!!! Go Sharks!!!!!!!

      luke.sportify - 2012-07-18 19:07

      As usual you are making no sense, keep off the TIK

      BillS1961 - 2012-07-18 20:26

      Your pro NZ stance is totally overshadowed by your anti SA hate! Are you stuck in the past dude. These teams are fully representative of the talent of today, irrespective of colour!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-18 23:20

      there are not enough players of colour in this team. im quite happy about that

      backstabber.adder - 2012-07-19 02:34

      The fable of Cape Maori: There once was a suurgat blonde who dyed his hair black, and then convinced himself he had real black hair. Then he went on a mission to belittle blondes and reminded them constantly of how great black hair was. But the other blondes and guys with real black hair knew he still actually was a blonde. So it was a bit awkward for everyone. And awkward is awkward. Kia Ora Cape Maori !!! Hehehehehehe...

      backstabber.adder - 2012-07-19 02:39

      Is tom.tardis perhaps a creation of Cape Maori to reflect his stereotypical brain dead Blue Bull supporter. Could be, they are equally "off".

  • niel.walt - 2012-07-18 16:40

    Just as useless article as \we are backing ourselves\, as if everyone didn't already know they'd start bismarck and beast

  • TravieGrif - 2012-07-18 16:40

    Eish! This is good old fashioned tension! Come on Sharks...sort them out!

  • grant.butler.104 - 2012-07-18 16:43

    I would have started with Sykes and used Alberts as an impact player last 30 minutes...

  • lean.sadie - 2012-07-18 16:43

    Go Sharks!

      brandon.styles.14 - 2012-07-18 17:35

      Who the hell will name his child LEAN. Your father was probably leaning against a bar counter when he made you, hence the name LEAN.

      steveroodt - 2012-07-18 17:47

      (Brandon) Originally a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "broom hill" in Old English. Brandon is the name of the second-largest city in the Canadian province of Manitoba, and is the name of several towns throughout the U.S. and U.K.

      brandon.styles.14 - 2012-07-18 18:28

      @ Durban ,And your point is?????, I'm sure everybody knows that there are thousands of towns in the world named after people.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-18 22:56

      brandon is the name of the best singer in the world, from a little band called incubus which is named after a monster that literally comes to a woman's chambers at night and steeks them. so before we start knocking brandons, lets take time to reflect on what brandon boyd has blessed us with via his voice. Lean on the other hand, well brandon pretty much somes it up. awesome chirp. in my top 10 sport24 chirps Durban Squatter, Lean means to deviate from perpendicular or the part of the meat containing little or no fat. and only a couple of mongos would name their child Lean. or they were american indians and named their child of the first thing that they saw which was either, A the leaning tower of pisa B the non fatty meat of their cows C heard a song called lean back or lean on me D her real father the cowboy leaning against the bar counter

      lean.sadie - 2012-07-18 23:09

      Childish people, its easy to make fun of other people for where they are from, there name or last name, and many other things. Apparently it is not easy to support Your own country or talk rugby, in rugby articles. Someday we hope you would all grow up, but considering the crap some of you talk, highly doubt it. Besides what my name means or comes from is none of your business. If the best you could do is make fun of people's names, eh what am i talking about, that is the best.

      lean.sadie - 2012-07-18 23:12

      Some good rugby knowledge there turdis. That the best you got? You call Kallis a fatty, and think anyone gives a damn about what you say? Yawn. PS: Your bulls are going doww!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-18 23:22

      my bulls are going doww? and i think anyone cares....thats why u replied to me. well done lean back bacon

      lean.sadie - 2012-07-18 23:32

      W.e makes you happy troll. Good night. PS: I Know why you and brandon Stylish are the way you are. It's pretty obvious......

      steveroodt - 2012-07-19 02:33

      @brandon was being polite as it is common knowledge that family's who normally take last names as first names were peasants

      Marcel - 2012-07-19 10:50

      Lean is an afrikaans name you twats.

  • thabiso.s.bokwe - 2012-07-18 17:00

    Good luck Sharks... Fly the flag!\r\n#i_am_a_stormer.

  • steveroodt - 2012-07-18 17:42

    It's not Saturday yet Damn..........................Sharks Forever

  • cavin.snyman - 2012-07-18 18:16

    Strong forward pack. They should get the upper hand and give the backline a lot of ball and space. Just hope they pitch up for the game in spirit on Saturday otherwise we will lose but that should not happen. Sharks forever!!!! Then the Stormers who only fear the Saders will see what a full strength Sharks team on form can do to any side but Saturday first. One step at a time. Goooooo Shaaaaaaaarks!!!!

  • bertus.dejager.5 - 2012-07-18 19:50

    Ek glo in ons spanne, twee wenne op die tafel.

  • Rich - 2012-07-18 20:26

    Watch how Genia uses the ref as a shield when he's sniping around the fringes.

  • hans.himmler.7 - 2012-07-18 20:40


  • heinrich.vanjaarsveld.52 - 2012-07-18 22:31

    Elke dag se storie is dieselfde dit begin nou rerig verveeld raak bring iets nuut op die tafel sport24 iets vars om op te praat jul verander die woorde hier en daar maar op die ou einde gaan dit presies oor die selfde as gister moenie se daar niks vars en oorsprongklik in die rugby wereld nie soek iets waaroor ons nou regtig kan debat oor

      koper.koos.1 - 2012-07-18 23:03

      Heinrich, hierdie is mos 'n forum, skryf gou iets oorspronklik sommer hier in die kommentaar afdeling. Dan kan ons debat daaroor voer.

  • Timothy - 2012-07-19 05:21

    The reality is the reds forwards will get out muscled by the sharks pack which is almost an all springbok pack. I see a fairly easy win for the Durban boys

  • joachim.papenfuss.5 - 2012-07-19 07:08


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