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    JP to captain Sharks, Lambie could return

    2016-07-13 13:06

    Cape Town - The Sharks have made six changes to their starting line-up to take on the Sunwolves in Durban on Friday.

    In the pack, Thomas du Toit replaces captain Tendai Mtawarira at loosehead prop as the Sharks coaching staff feel the skipper needs a a complete break after a gruelling couple of months in Super Rugby and for the Springboks. 

    Mtawarira drops completely out of the squad while veteran Springbok JP Pietersen will lead the side from outside centre.

    Pat Lambie, who has been absent with a concussion since June 11, has been bracketed on the bench alongside Curwin Bosch. 

    Lambie will undergo further tests this week before a decision on his availability is made. 

    Chiliboy Ralepelle will start at hooker as Franco Marais also gets a full on break. Stephan Lewies will move to the bench as Ruan Botha takes his place and Tera Mthembu replaces Jean-Luc du Preez at blindside flank.

    In the back-line, Odwa Ndungane will start on the right wing while Sibusiso Sithole drops completely out of the squad and Stefan Ungerer will don the nine jersey as Michael Claassens provides cover from the bench. 

    Teams:

    Sharks

    15 Rhyno Smith, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 JP Pietersen (c), 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Garth April, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Tera Mtembu, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Thomas du Toit 

    Substitutes: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Dale Chadwick, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Stefan Lewies, 20 Jean Deysel, 21 Michael Claassens, 22 Curwin Bosch/Pat Lambie, 23 Heimar Williams

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