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Four internationals strengthen Sharks

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 12 Mar 2015 at 09:23
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Gary Gold has made four changes to his starting pack for Saturday’s key clash against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein, with a quartet of test-hardened forwards brought in to shore up the pack that creaked badly against the Stormers at Newlands.

Beast Mtawarira is back from injury and replaces Thomas du Toit at loosehead prop, while on the tighthead side, Jannie du Plessis takes over from Matt Stevens. In the second row, English international Mouritz Botha is also back, after picking up an eye-socket injury in the first round. He replaces Giant Mtayanda in the number 4 shirt.

The final change sees Namibian test player Renaldo Bothma take over from Willem Alberts at blindside flank; Alberts’ comeback after injury unfortunately only lasted 50 minutes and he’s out again this week with a fresh complaint.

The backline remains unchanged, with SP Marais thus the only player in the starting fifteen yet to taste international rugby. Gold has been at pains to point out that the number of Springboks in your team does not necessarily translate to on-field success, but will hope that this team, featuring 12 South African test players along with the two foreign internationals, will stand up and prove him wrong.

On the bench, Dale Chadwick (who is thought be suffering from a finger injury) has been bracketed with du Toit, while Giant Mtayanda is bracketed with Marco Wentzel. Tera Mtembu makes welcome return to the match 23 and will play off the bench.

Sharks: 15 SP Marais, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 JP Pietersen, 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Pat Lambie, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Renaldo Bothma, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Mouritz Botha, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis (capt), 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Subs: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Dale Chadwick/Thomas du Toit, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Marco Wentzel/Lubabalo Mtyanda, 20 Tera Mtembu, 21 Conrad Hoffmann, 22 Andre Esterhuizen, 23 Jack Wilson


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