Sharks name side for Bloem trip
Cape Town - Sharks Director of Rugby Gary Gold has made four changes to his team for Saturday’s Vodacom Super Rugby clash with the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.
According to Sharks website editor, Michael Marnewick, all four personnel changes have been made in the pack, with a return to the all Springbok front row of Jannie du Plessis, back after being given last week off with the birth of his child, his brother and captain Bismarck du Plessis and Beast Mtawarira.
Mouritz Botha is also back after an eye socket injury sustained in the opening round match against the Cheetahs, the first leg going the way of the Free State side, and the English international will pack down alongside Springbok Pieter-Steph du Toit in the second row.
The final change comes in at loose forward where Renaldo Bothma comes in for Willem Alberts who is out of the match 23 due to injury.
“The Cheetahs were formidable opponents in our first round encounter and are a real threat with ball in hand,” Gold admits.
“We will have our work cut out for us this Saturday in a pressurised situation.”
Kick-off is at 17:00.
15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Joe Pietersen, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Boom Prinsloo, 7 Jean Cook, 6 Oupa Mohoje, 5 Francois Uys (captain), 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Danie Mienie
Substitutes: 16 BG Uys, 17 Stephan Coetzee, 18 Maks van Dyk, 19 Heinrich Brussow, 20 Steven Sykes, 21 Tian Meyer, 22 Willie du Plessis, 23 Clayton Blommetjies
15. SP Marais, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. JP Pietersen, 12. Francois Steyn, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Patrick Lambie, 9. Cobus Reinach, 8. Ryan Kankowski, 7. Renaldo Bothma, 6. Marcell Coetzee, 5. Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4. Mouritz Botha, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. Bismarck du Plessis (captain), 1. Tendai Mtawarira
Substitutes: 16. Kyle Cooper, 17. Dale Chadwick / Thomas du Toit, 18. Lourens Adriaanse, 19. Marco Wentzel / Lubabalo Mtyanda, 20. Tera Mtembu, 21. Conrad Hoffmann, 22. Andre Esterhuizen, 23. Jack Wilson