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Rest for Marco as Bulls loom large


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 23 Sep 2015 at 10:39
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Sharks Director of Rugby Gary Gold has made a somewhat unusual selection call this week, resting captain Marco Wentzel for Friday night’s must-win Currie Cup clash against the Bulls. With the veteran lock having played 80 minutes every week so far, it’s not unexpected that he’d need a bit of a breather, but the timing can perhaps be questioned, given the critical nature of this match.

Aussie Dave McDuling will earn his first Currie Cup start in Wentzel’s number 5 jersey, with the latter playing off the wood this week. Philip van der Walt assumes the captaincy, with Christian de Bruin earning maiden start at blind-side flank in the only other change to the starting team. Neither du Preez brother is in the mix this wee, both carrying injurues after the Lions game. Dan’s knee has flared up again, while Jean-Luc’s season appears over with a wrist fracture.

With the backline unchanged for this clash, the only other movements come on the bench. There’s a welcome return for Jean Deysel, who plays in 19, while a surprise twist sees Baby Bok loosehead Mzamo Majola included as the reserve prop, in place of Dale Chadwick, who hurt his neck against the Lions.

Sharks: 15 Odwa Ndungane, 14 Wandile Mjekevu, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Sibusiso Sithole, 10 Joe Pietersen, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Philip van der Walt (capt), 7 Christiaan de Bruin, 6 Francois Kleinhans, 5 Dave McDuling, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Gerhard Engelbrecht, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Thomas du Toit.
Replacements: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Mzamo Majola, 18 Marco Wentzel , 19 Jean Deysel, 20 Michael Claassens, 21 Heimar Williams, 22 Garth April.



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