Two changes for Sharks

2012-05-17 15:03

Durban - Sharks coach John Plumtree has opted to once more go, as far as possible, with the team that beat the Force, with just two changes made for the Cheetahs game, according to Sharks website editor Michael Marnewick.

After three home games, the Sharks are again on the road, although it's just for the weekend as they head to Bloemfontein for their 12th Super Rugby game.

There is only one change to the starting line-up, with Riaan Viljoen coming in for Louis Ludik in an enforced change. Ludik has failed to recover from a bad knock he took to his bicep against the Force last week and will sit this game out. He is still struggling and hasn't been able to shake that injury off but should hopefully be over it next week.

Pat Lambie has suffered no ill-effects of the knock he took last week and will take his place at flyhalf.

The second change is rotational, with big Willem Alberts getting a run off the bench in the place of young Pieter-Steph du Toit. The rest of the match-day squad remains unchanged.

"The Cheetahs are an exciting attacking side, although we obviously like to attack as well, so if both sides look after the ball at the breakdown and Jonathan Kaplan rules it really well at the breakdown, we could get a really open game," explains coach John Plumtree.

However, as a derby game, every expectation is that this game will be won in the tight exchanges. "I'm sure we can expect this game will be typical trench warfare," Plumtree adds.

The Sharks kept David Pocock quiet last week and will be hoping to do the same this weekend with the Cheetahs' own fetcher extraordinaire.

"Obviously, Heinrich Brüssow is a major threat to us, but if we stick to our structures and do what we want to in terms of attack then we'll keep him quiet. But he'll still be a presence, and just as it was against Pocock of the Force at breakdown time, he's just one player they are relying on, and they'll be looking for other guys to feature as well."


15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Cameron Jacobs, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Willie le Roux, 10 Riaan Smit, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Justin Downey, 6 Heinrich Brüssow, 5 George Earle, 4 Izak van der Westhuizen, 3 WP Nel, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Coenie Oosthuizen

Substitutes: 16 Hercu Liebenberg, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Andries Ferreira, 19 Ashley Johnson, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Sias Ebersohn, 22 Philip Snyman

15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Tim Whitehead, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Keegan Daniel (captain), 7 Marcell Coetzee, 6 Jacques Botes, 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 Willem Alberts, 19 Jean Deysel, 20 Ryan Kankowski, 21 Frederic Michalak, 22 Meyer Bosman


  • Raymond - 2012-05-17 15:14

    We should do it but these bottom of the log teams seem to always be our nemesis.

      Jason - 2012-05-17 16:14

      Sorry Airborne but I think the cheetahs are going to be too strong for you this weekend!

      BlouTokolos - 2012-05-17 18:31

      Yes Raven... This is pure arrogance. They won 1 game against the blind and now this idiot refer to other teams as "these bottom of the log teams". Go Cheetahs... And yes wait for it.... (Against the Sharks) GO STORMERS!!!

  • Jp - 2012-05-17 15:19

    I am looking forward to this one. for me the match of the weekend. Both teams full of confidence after last week. The Cheetahs has always been the bogey team for the Sharks. Good to see big Willem Alberts back, think he is going to be itching to get on that field. Imagine the quake when he runs into Ashley Johnson. Another Tsunami for Japan. Then there is the Brussow vs Coetzee at the breakdown.I think the diference is going to be Pat Lambie. Having a great season! This is going to be a close one, sharks by less than 10. Cant wait.

      Heiku - 2012-05-17 16:27

      Yup I agree Lambie will win it for us I reckon. Cheetahs are really missing Goosen

  • Nathan - 2012-05-17 15:55

    Glad to see these 2 back, hopefully they can perform as both have the potential to play awesome rugby

  • Acta - 2012-05-17 16:11

    "...and Jonathan Kaplan rules it really well.." Hehehe Sure hope Lambie 100%, Shouldn't take any chances. Good luck to both sides and may the best team win.

  • patrickjasoncawood - 2012-05-17 17:04

    Cheetahs are the Sharks bogey team, hope not this w-end GO SHARKS!!!

  • Terry - 2012-05-17 17:33

    Cheetahs always get themselves up for home games against the Sharks - so I am expecting the Sharks to have to play really well and keep mistakes to the minimum if they want to win this one. Go SHARKS!

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