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Botes benched for 100th game

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 24 May 2012 at 08:06
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The old adage about not changing a winning team seems not to have reached Durban, with coach John Plumtree opting to make a number of changes to his side for this weekend’s clash against the Stormers.

Changes to the loose trio see Marcell Coetzee shifted to openside flank to make space for big Willem Alberts at blind; with Keegan Daniel continuing at number 8 (behind an unchanged tight five), Jacques Botes drops to the bench and will make his 100th Super Rugby appearance for the team if he get on in the second half.

It’s amongst the backs, though, where the more interesting changes have been made. Fred Michalak hangs on to the flyhalf jersey, after a good performance against the Cheetahs last week, meaning a return at fullback for Pat Lambie. Riaan Viljoen has again dropped right our of the 22, while a further change at inside centre sees Meyer Bosman start in place of Tim Whitehead, whose tight groin has ruled him out of action this week.

Looking at the bench, flank Jean Deysel is strangely absent, with Pieter-Steph du Toit back in contention as the reserve lock, meaning only two loose forwards (in Botes and Ryan Kankowski) amongst the replacements. Louis Ludik also returns to the side, after missing out last week and he joins Odwa Ndungane as one of only two back line reserves.

The Sharks

1. Tendai Mtawarira
2. Bismarck du Plessis
3. Jannie du Plessis
4. Steven Sykes
5. Anton Bresler
6. Marcell Coetzee
7. Willem Alberts
8. Keegan Daniel (Captain)
9. Charl McLeod
10. Frederic Michalak
11. Lwazi Mvovo
12. Meyer Bosman
13. Paul Jordaan
14. JP Pietersen
15. Patrick Lambie

16. Craig Burden
17. Wiehahn Herbst
18. Pieter-Steph du Toit
19. Ryan Kankowski
20. Jacques Botes
21. Odwa Ndungane
22. Louis Ludik


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