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Sharks pack the bench with Boks


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 13 Oct 2011 at 17:15
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The Sharks have opted to use all of their returning Springboks – with the exception of John Smit and Beast Mtawarira – for this weekend’s game against the Lions, with the bulk of those playing off the bench. The return from injury of Craig Burden and Ryan Kankowski further strengthens the match 22.

It’s all change in the pack, with Wiehahn Herbst coming in to start at tighthead prop, while Eugene van Staden moves over to the loose head side and Burden replaces Kyle Cooper as starting hooker. Jean Deysel continues at lock alongside Ross Skeate, while Keegan Daniel (retaining the captaincy) moves to the open side flank to make room for Kankowski at 8. Marcell Coetzee shows high highly rated he is by retaining his starting spot on the blind side – the only young player to do so.

Cooper is joined by other unlucky youngsters in Dale Chadwick, Anton Bresler and Jandre Marais, all of whom fall out of the 22 this week. In a squad with Skeate as the only specialist lock, Willem Alberts will provide second row cover off the bench, alongside Jacques Botes, who will earn his 99th Currie Cup cap if he comes on. The du Plessis brothers will add much impetus later in the game, named to sit together on the bench.

Conrad Hoffmann, Fred Michalak and Lwazi Mvovo are the only backs to have retained their starting positions; a new centre pairing sees Marius Joubert and Stefan Terblanche at inside and outside centre respectively, with Meyer Bosman and Adi Jacobs both out injured this week. Odwa Ndungane and Pat Lambie complete the back three, as Sbura Sithole and Gouws Prinsloo also fall out to the under 21 side. JP Pietersen and Jacques-Louis Potgieter join Ross Cronje as the backline reserves this week.

The Sharks

15. Patrick Lambie
14. Odwa Ndungane
13. Stefan Terblanche
12. Marius Joubert
11. Lwazi Mvovo
10. Frederic Michalak
9. Conrad Hoffmann
8. Ryan Kankowski
7. Marcell Coetzee
6. Keegan Daniel (Captain)
5. Ross Skeate
4. Jean Deysel
3. Wiehahn Herbst
2. Craig Burden
1. Eugene van Staden

Replacements
16. Bismarck du Plessis
17. Jannie du Plessis
18. Willem Alberts
19. Jacques Botes
20. Ross Cronje
21. Jacques-Louis Potgieter
22. JP Pietersen



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