Sharks make changes up front
Cape Town - Sharks Director of Rugby Gary Gold has named his
team for their Super Rugby clash against the Blues in Auckland on Saturday.
Gold has made a few changes to his pack from the one which
started in last weekend’s 24-9 home loss to the Lions.
No 8 Philip van der Walt is back in the starting line-up
after recovering from a neck injury.
He replaces Dan du Preez who moves into the No 6 position in
place of Marcell Coetzee, who is ruled out for the Super Rugby season with a knee injury.
Stephan Lewies is also back at lock in place of Hyron
Andrews, who drops down to the bench.
Lourens Adriaanse starts at tighthead prop in place of
Coenie Oosthuizen, with the latter dropping down to the bench.
The Sharks backline remains unchanged for Saturday’s clash at Eden
Park (kick-off 09:35 SA time)
15 Lolagi Visinia, 14 Rieko Ioane, 13 Rene Ranger, 12 Piers
Francis, 11 Tevita Li, 10 Ihaia West, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Steven Luatua, 7 Tanerau
Latimer/Kara Pryor, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Josh Bekhuis, 4 Hoani Matenga, 3 Charlie
Faumuina, 2 James Parsons (captain), 1 Sam Prattley.
Substitutes: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Namatahi Waa, 18 Ofa
Tu’ungafasi, 19 Kara Pryor/Joe Edwards, 20 Akira Ioane, 21 Billy Guyton, 22
Matt McGahan, 23 George Moala
15. Willie le Roux, 14. JP Pietersen, 13. Paul Jordaan, 12.
Andre Esterhuizen, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Joe Pietersen, 9. Cobus Reinach, 8.
Philip van der Walt, 7. Jean-Luc du Preez, 6. Daniel du Preez, 5. Stephan
Lewies, 4. Etienne Oosthuizen, 3. Lourens Adriaanse, 2. Franco Marais, 1. Tendai
Substitutes: 16. Kyle Cooper, 17. Thomas du Toit, 18. Coenie
Oosthuizen, 19. Hyron Andrews, 20. Keegan Daniel, 21. Michael Claassens, 22.
Garth April, 23. Odwa Ndungane