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Big guns return for Sharks

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Super Rugby on 11 Jun 2015 at 08:38
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Sharks Director of Rugby Gary Gold has been able to name a strong team to take on the Stormers in this weekend’s final Super Rugby match at Kings Park.

All eyes will be on the pack, where stalwart Bismarck du Plessis, making a record 130th appearance, joins brother Jannie du Plessis and flanker Willem Alberts in donning the Sharks jersey for the last time.

The du Plessis brothers will play one last time in black and white alongside their adopted sibling Beast Mtawarira in a front row combination that has come to epitomise the Sharks over the last five seasons or so. Captain Marco Wentzel, again picked in the number 5 jersey, has a new lock partner in Etienne Oosthuizen this week. With the loose forward injury crisis finally over, the way has been paved for Oosthuizen to move back to the number 4 jersey for which he seems to have been designed.

Renaldo Bothma plays at 8, with the Bok flank pairing of Marcell Coetzee and Alberts reunited after missing out against the Rebels a fortnight ago.

There is backline continuity; Stefan Ungerer and Lionel Cronje continue at halfback, with Andre Esterhuizen at inside centre after spending most of the last few games at wing. Newly married JP Pietersen will ahve to put any thoughts of honeymoon behind him as he starts at 13; the back three of S’bura Sithole, Odwa Ndungane and Lwazi Mvovo remains unchanged.

Dale Chadwick replaces Matt Stevens as loosehead cover on the bench, with Giant Mtayanda and Khaya Majola taking their places as lock and loose forward cover respectively.

Also on the bench is Cheetahs-bound Fred Zeilinga, who will make his own final appearance in the jersey he’s worn since his school days, should he take the field.

Sharks: 15 Lwazi Mvovo, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 JP Pietersen, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 S’bura Sithole, 10 Lionel Cronje, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Renaldo Bothma, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Marco Wentzel (capt), 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Beast Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Franco Marais, 17 Dale Chadwick, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Giant Mtayanda, 20 Khaya Majola, 21 Conrad Hoffmann, 22 Fred Zeilinga, 23 Heimar Williams


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