Springbok pair back for Sharks

2012-03-08 10:55

Durban - Springbok pair Willem Alberts and Odwa Ndungane have both been declared fit and will make their first appearances for the Sharks this season in their crucial Super Rugby clash against the Lions in Durban on Saturday. Kick-off is at 17:05.

The pair, who missed the coastal side's opening losses to the Bulls and Stormers due to shoulder injuries, are among three changes made to the starting XV by coach John Plumtree.

Loose forward Alberts slots in at openside flank and has been included ahead of Jacques Botes, with Marcell Coetzee shifting to number six, while Ndungane comes in on the wing ahead of Louis Ludik.

The one other change to the side sees the return of Tim Whitehead at centre for Meyer Bosman after recovering from a groin injury.

Botes and Bosman drop to the bench with Lubabalo Mtembu and Marius Joubert falling out of the match 22.

The match is of major importance to the winless Durban franchise and the outcome, according to Plumtree, will go a long way to determining how the rest of their campaign pans out.

“We're two-zip down and looking for a win, and it's going to be hugely important for us this weekend,” Plumtree said.

“Rugby is a confidence game, so it's important for both teams to get a result.

“They will know that there is a fair bit of pressure on us, so they will expect us to be pretty desperate.”


15. Riaan Viljoen, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. JP Pietersen, 12. Tim Whitehead, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Patrick Lambie, 9. Frederic Michalak, 8. Keegan Daniel (captain), 7. Willem Alberts, 6. Marcell Coetzee, 5. Ross Skeate, 4. Steven Sykes, 3. Wiehahn Herbst, 2. Bismarck du Plessis, 1. Dale Chadwick

Substitutes: 16. Craig Burden, 17. Jannie du Plessis, 18. Anton Bresler, 19. Jacques Botes, 20. Charl McLeod, 21. Meyer Bosman, 22. Paul Jordaan

15 Jaco Taute, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Doppies La Grange, 12 Butch James, 11 Michael Killian, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Joshua Strauss (captain), 6 Derick Minnie, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Marius Coetzer, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Patric Cilliers

Substitutes: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Caylib Oosthuizen, 18 Stephan Greef, 19 Cobus Grobbelaar, 20 Tian Meyer, 21 Alwyn Hollenbach, 22 James Kamana


  • Sbuda - 2012-03-08 11:03

    Someone help me out here. Why not leave Marcell Coetzee at 7 where he's been excellent and rather shift Keegan Daniel from 8 to 6 with Alberts sloting at 8? Wouldn't that provide more stability especially considering that Daniel only moved to 8 beacause of Kankwoski's injury?

      Andrew - 2012-03-08 12:12

      I agree 100%

      goyougoodthing - 2012-03-08 12:41

      Sbuda,, I like your thinking

      Bootman - 2012-03-08 16:22

      Sduba you can shift all the Sharks players left, right and centre, turn them upside down and move them all around.................the Lions are gonna win

  • Paul - 2012-03-08 11:13

    SHARKS 4 EVER!!!!!!!

  • Nico - 2012-03-08 11:21

    GO LIONS!!! At least now the Sharks won't have an excuse when we whip them this weekend :)

      Marcel - 2012-03-08 13:46

      beast, deysel, hargreaves there is 3 excuses for you. but we're not making excuses cause we ain't losing this weekend.

      heinrich.beukes1 - 2012-03-08 14:07

      Nico lets just hope they don't get a free try from a knock on again this weekend but then again even that won't help them ;)

      Nico - 2012-03-08 14:20

      @Firehawk, yeap, but they will prob argue against the knock (as in the CC final!), anyway, as long as bissie play a full game we will be ok, he gave away the second most penalties so far in the competition, so Jantjies can slot them all for us :)

  • Deon - 2012-03-08 11:29

    It will be a huge surprise if the Lions win in the Shark Tank. The only safe Superbru bet is that Stormers will get 4 points.

  • heinrich.beukes1 - 2012-03-08 11:55

    Lol yeah bring back your springboks, then the lions will have a better chance in winning remember last year October hehehehe

  • Martin - 2012-03-08 12:15

    Good luck to the Lions and their flyby supporters but this weekend will be a bridge too far, especially at the Shark tank and with their backs against the wall - Sharks to correct the balance by +10. If you are betting man and you happen to be a Lions supporter best you keep you money for the next round. Go Sharks, make us proud boys!

      Henri - 2012-03-08 12:55

      @Martin whats that youre mumbling, sure you can have the left overs when the lions are finished with the shark steak, dont think there will be much left though, maybe you can lick out the plates or even beter, your own wounds !!!!!

      Martin - 2012-03-08 20:01

      Lekker lag ek nou! Happy to come back and eat humble pie best you worry about your own team getting a beating. @ Zoolie - Mumble??? Come-on swarie, you can do better than that?

  • stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-03-08 13:23

    Cannot see the Lions winning this. The Sharks are gonna be "desparate", especially after their loss against the Stormers. Gonna give it their all.

  • coolshoesouthafrica - 2012-03-08 14:00

    Go on you SHARKS!!!

  • Tino - 2012-03-08 20:36

    how do you spot an educated person in the guppie tank, just look for a lion supporter!!

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