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Bok front row for Sharks


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 8 Oct 2013 at 13:35
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According to a report on the Sharks website, Boks Beast Mtawarira, Bismarck du Plessis and Jannie du Plessis are all set to start for the Sharks against Western Province this weekend.

Altogether, the Sharks had to give up seven players to the Bok cause during this year’s Rugby Championship campaign, with only Marcell Coetzee released back to them prior to the last game. Aside from the three front-rankers – who have each reached that special 50-test milestone this season – the Sharks welcome back uncapped Pieter-Stepth du Toit and Pat Lambie this weekend. The seventh Bok, Willem Alberts, suffered a neck injury against the All Blacks on Saturday and thus won’t feature.

Coach Sean Everitt has revealed that Lambie won’t start at flyhalf this week – as he still needs to learn all the calls – and is thus set for a bench role ahead of a start in next weekend’s semi-final. It’s thus anticipated that Fred Zeilinga will again take the reigns, with Charl McLeod starting alongside him in a rotational shift. This latter move indicates that the Sharks still don’t have a clear first-choice among their two excellent scrumhalves.

Up front, the lack of an Alberts option does make some selections a little easier; Jacques Botes, Jean Deysel, Keegan Daniel and Marcell Coeztee will one again be the loose forwards in the match 22, but don’t be surprised to see Coetzee start at open side, with Jacques Botes becoming the most-capped Currie Cup player ever when he comes off the bench.

Wiehahn Herbst is the more likely of the two reserve props to get a run this week, in what will be his 50th Currie Cup game for the Sharks.



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