Sharks opt for continuity
Cape Town - In a show of support for the squad that defeated the Bulls last weekend, director of rugby Jake White
has stuck with the same Cell C Sharks team
for this Saturday’s Vodacom Super Rugby showdown with the Hurricanes.
According to Sharks website editor Michael Marnewick, continuity is one of the key factors for success and being able to name
an unchanged line-up is a rare luck for a coach.
It is a reward for
outstanding performances and testament to the team’s efforts as well as a
thumbs’ up to the medical and conditioning staff who have the players
in such good physical shape.
The Sharks will take a lot of confidence out of their first round match
last week, while the Hurricanes are only now starting their campaign
[the Australian and New Zealand sides will start a week earlier during
the June break due to a heavier test schedule for the Springboks].
Some might argue that having to fly halfway across the world to start
the Super Rugby programme is a distinct advantage, but it appears this
is exactly what the Hurricanes want.
“Touring early for anyone is either very good or very bad. You can
either get some points away from home then take those points back home,
and some sides have proved that it works for them, or you miss out. The
Hurricanes have asked SANZAR for this because for the last couple of
years they have been playing in South Africa first up. They want to tour
early. So as much as read into the fact that they’ve had to tour early,
it’s probably one of their requests, because you’re allowed certain
requests to SANZAR. I’m sure they want to get their tour done and dusted
“Obviously mentally they like to tour early and as much as we think it’s
a bonus [them coming here early], maybe it’s what they want.”
15. SP Marais, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. Paul Jordaan, 12. Frans Steyn, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Patrick Lambie, 9. Cobus Reinach, 8. Ryan Kankowski, 7. Willem Alberts, 6. Marcell Coetzee, 5. Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4. Anton Bresler, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. Bismarck du Plessis (captain), 1. Tendai Mtawarira
Substitutes: 16. Kyle Cooper, 17. Dale Chadwick, 18. Lourens Adriaanse, 19. Stephan Lewies, 20. Jean Deysel, 21. Charl McLeod, 22. Heimar Williams, 23. S’bura Sithole