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New midfield for Sharks

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 20 Aug 2015 at 10:05
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Gary Gold has made a number of changes to his side for Saturday’s crunch Currie Cup clash against the Golden Lions at Kings Park. Changes at halfback and in midfield are perhaps the most significant, although the forward pack has also undergone a reshuffle.

With Jean Deysel becoming the second open-side flank to be ruled out with injury in as many weeks, Francois Kleinhans is afforded an opportunity to start in the number 6 shirt, where he’ll combine with Daniel du Preez and Philip van der Walt in a loose trio that looks well balanced. Dale Chadwick returns from injury to replace Juan Schoeman at loose head prop in the other up-front change, with Monde Hadebe, Thomas du Toit, Etienne Oosthuizen and captain Marco Wentzel all retained in the tight five.

Gold has opted to bring Michael Claassens in to start at scrumhalf in this vital clash, backing the veteran’s experience ahead of Stefan Ungerer’s precocious talent (the latter plays off the bench). Lionel Cronje is retained at flyhalf, but will have an all-new midfield outside him in Andre Esterhuizen and Paul Jordaan. Esterhuizen has performed well enough at wing over the last two weeks, but now returns to his more familiar inside centre berth, with fit-again S’bura Sithole coming onto the left wing. Odwa Ndungane and Joe Pietersen are retained at right wing and fullback respectively.

Franco Marais, Gerhard Engelbrecht and Dave Mcduling are the tight five replacements, Engelbrecht getting the nod over Schoeman due to his ability to cover tighthead (with du Toit able to shift over if necessary). Jean-Luc du Preez is back after a thigh contusion kept him out of action last week and he will offer cover for his brother and the other two loose forwards. Wandi Mjekevu joins SP Marais and Ungerer as the backline replacements.

Sharks: 15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Sibusiso Sithole, 10 Lionel Cronje, 9 Michael Claassens, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Daniel du Preez, 6 Francois Kleinhans, 5 Marco Wentzel (captain), 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Monde Hadebe, 1 Dale Chadwick.
Replacements: 16 Franco Marais, 17 Gerhard Engelbrecht, 18 David McDuling, 19 Jean-Luc du Preez, 20 Stefan Ungerer, 21 Wandile Mjekevu, 22 SP Marais.


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