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Few changes expected

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 18 Feb 2015 at 11:43
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The Sharks are likely to be forced into some “attritional rotation” in the front row this week, but otherwise should hopefully stick with much the same squad as played against the Cheetahs on Saturday.

There’s, of course, always the temptation to make changes after a loss – particularly an unexpected one – but in this case, I feel that approach would send out completely the wrong message. While the shkars weren’t great against the men from Bloem, my feeling is that rather than looking at individuals, we should acknowledge that the team as a whole didn’t fire. It is thus correct, in my view, to give that same team (or as close to it as we can manage) an opportunity to redeem themselves against the Lions.

Dale Chadwick will come in for Beast Mtawarira at loosehead prop – this we know given the latter’s injury. Should Bismarck du Plessis be fit to play (as we’ve been told) it’s likely he’ll return to lead the side, seeing Kyle Cooper drop to the bench and Monde Hadebe fall out of the 23.

Apart from those changes, I’m not expecting any other movements nor do I feel the coaches should make any. It’s still very early days and continuity has to come before rotation at this stage of the season.


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