Botha starts for Sharks

Date published: February 12 2015

The Sharks have named their side that will kick-off their Super Rugby campaign against the Cheetahs at Kings Park on Saturday.

Mouritz Botha lines up alongside Pieter-Steph du Toit in the second-row while Marcell Coetzee, Renaldo Bothma and Tera Mtembu are behind.

An all Springbok front-row is named as Tendai Mtawarira starts alongside Bismarck and Jannie du Plessis, with Kyle Cooper hooking back-up.

In the backline it's Cobus Reinach and Patrick Lambie at half-back while Heimar Williams and Waylon Murray line up in the Sharks midfield.

SP Marais wears number fifteen while S’bura Sithole and Lzazi Mvovo provide good pace on the wings.

"The Cheetahs for me are one of the most dangerous sides to play against and on their day they have the ability to beat any team. We are expecting a physical battle against a well-coached team, who have some exciting young players in their squad," said head coach Gary Gold.

"Our guys have prepared well for the tournament and there is a fantastic spirit in the camp. We want to play an exciting brand of rugby that our fans expect and score tries. The only way to win matches is to score tries and to score tries you need to keep the ball in hand. Our players are determined and will give nothing less than 100 percent effort on the park."

Sharks: 15 SP Marais, 14 S’bura Sithole, 13 Waylon Murray, 12 Heimar Williams, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Tera Mtembu, 7 Renaldo Bothma, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Mouritz Botha, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis (c), 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Dale Chadwick, 18 Matt Stevens, 19 Marco Wentzel, 20 Jean Deysel, 21 Conrad Hoffmann, 22 Fred Zeilinga, 23 Odwa Ndungane.

Date: Saturday, February 14
Kick-off: 17:05 local (15:05 GMT)
Venue: Kings Park, Durban
Referee: Andrew Lees (Australia)
Assistant referees: Rohan Hoffmann (Australia), Archie Sehlako (South Africa)
Television match officials: Marius Jonker (South Africa)