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Burden starts against Shark-laden Pumas


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Vodacom Cup on 13 Apr 2011 at 13:08
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Craig Burden will take over in the number 2 jersey from Kyle Cooper as Sean Everitt names his Sharks XV side to play the Pumas at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on Friday night. The home sides features a fair few players who have spent time on the fringes of the Sharks squad.

Everitt has opted to make a number of rotational changes to the side which beat the Leopards convincingly last weekend, with Burden the only change to a powerful forward pack, once again lead by Jean Deysel. More changes come amongst the backs, where Kobus de Kock, one of the form players of the season so far, makes way for impressive young Gouws Prinsloo at fullback. In a further change to the back three, the injured Mark Richards is replaced by a fellow Sevens Bok in Sbu Sithole, while Conrad Hoffmann, who has spent a fair bit of time on the Sharks bench this year without spending very much on the field, will take advantage of the Super Rugby team’s bye and enjoy some good game time with the XV.

The bench has been reshuffled somewhat as well and with Deysel probably lined up for a full 80 minutes this week, there is no need to keep two loose forwards on the bench. Lambert Groenewalt is the unlucky one to drop out of the 22 as a result, with last week’s starting scrumhalf, Cobus Reinach, wearing the number 20 jersey. De Kock joins Heimar Williams as the other backline reserve.

Meanwhile, no fewer than five of the Pumas side have been in and around the Sharks squad in recent years, with scrumhalf Tian Meyer the most recent of those. In addition to the former Westville boy, Rudi Mathee, Pellow van der Westhuizen, Tiaan Marx and Carl Bezuidenhout have all been Sharks at some stage in their careers.

The Sharks XV

15. Gouws Prinsloo
14. Sbura Sithole
13. Jerome Pretorius
12. Riaan Swanepoel
11. Rosko Specman
10. Guy Cronje
9. Conrad Hoffmann
8. Marcell Coetzee
7. Jean Deysel (Captain)
6. Francois Kleinhans
5. Jandre Marais
4. Anton Bresler
3. Wiehahn Herbst
2. Craig Burden
1. Dale Chadwick

Replacements
16. Kyle Cooper
17. Sabelo Nhlapo
18. Daniel Adongo
19. Peet Marais
20. Cobus Reinach
21. Heimar Williams
22. Kobus de Kock

Pumas vs. Sharks XV: Carl Bezuidenhout; Deon Scholtz, JW Jonker, Tiaan Marx, Dewald Pieters; Coenie van Wyk, Tian Meyer; Doppies le Roux, Jaco Bouwer, Corné Steenkamp, Boela Serfontein, Rudi Mathee, Ashley Buys, Hans van Dyk, Dawie Steyn. Replacements: Pellow van der Westhuizen, Brett Nel, Dee-Jay Terblanche, Eduan van der Walt, Martin Sithole, Shaun Venter, Ashwin Scott.



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