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Marais captains rejigged Sharks XV

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Vodacom Cup on 26 Mar 2015 at 17:47
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Player rest requirements and the ban to Bismarck du Plessis have had a knock-on effect for Ryan Strudwick and the Sharks XV, who go into Saturday’s Vodacom Cup game against Western Province featuring a new skipper among several other changes to their squad.

With Monde Hadebe promoted to the Super Rugby bench, another hooker, Franco Marais, will lead the side. Matt Stevens moves from tighthead to loose (replacing Thomas du Toit) with Marne Coetzee coming in to start in the number 3 jersey. Etienne Oosthuizen shifts from lock to blindside flank (replacing the injured Jean-Luc du Preez) with Hyron Andrews earning a first start as JC Astle’s locking partner.

The centres and back three remain unchanged from last week, with Lionel Cronje and Cameron Wright coming in as the new halfback pairing, following Stefan Ungerer and Fred Zeilinga’s promotions to the super Rugby bench. Young prop Mazamo Majola (unrelated to flanker Khaya) and prop-cum-hooker Johan “Mees” Erasmus are new faces on the bench this week, as is Ayron Schramm who joins Sias Koen as utility forward replacements. Samoan Sevens representative Paul Perez also comes onto the bench and looks ready to taste action in a Sharks jersey for the first time since the pre-season warm-up against Toulon.

Sharks XV:
15. Jaco van Tonder
14. Alcino Izaacs
13. Sibusiso Sithole
12. Heimar Williams
11. Sizophila Maseko
10. Lionel Cronje
9. Cameron Wright
8. Johan Meyer
7. Etienne Oosthuizen
6. Khaya Majola
5. Hyron Andrews
4. JC Astle
3. Marne Coetzee
2. Franco Marais (Captain)
1. Matt Stevens

16. Johan Erasmus
17. Mzamo Majola
18. Sias Keon
19. Ayron Schramm
20. Hanco Venter
21. Paul Perez
22. Nkululeko Marwana


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