Kanko starts at Loftus

Date published: February 26 2015

Sharks Director of Rugby Gary Gold has made two changes to his team for this Saturday’s Super Rugby clash against the Bulls in Pretoria.

Springbok loose forward Ryan Kankowski, who has returned from Japan and is now fully integrated back into the team, comes in for Tera Mtembu in the only change to the forward pack.

There is just a single hange to the backline, with former Baby Bok Andre Esterhuizen replaces Heimar Williams, in a rotational change following last week's win over the Lions.

New Zealander Jack Wilson has been named amongst the replacements and is primed to make his debut.

"What is ideal is that we put in a better performance against the Lions after losing to the Cheetahs," said Sharks intensity coach Paul Anthony.

"We want our players to be accountable for how they perform. That game we lost, as with the Bulls against the Hurricanes, those were both literally millimetres away from victories.

"Without a doubt the players felt accountable after the Cheetahs loss.

"They knew that they weren’t on par, they were disappointed with themselves.

"In one-on-ones afterwards, regarding the effort level, I didn’t have to say anything; they showed the lack of effort and were all accountable.

"But they all lifted their performances markedly and we’re hoping to lift it even more, game after game."

Sharks: 15 SP Marais, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Waylon Murray, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Renaldo Bothma, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Lubabalo Mtyanda, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis (c), 1 Dale Chadwick
Replacements: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Thomas du Toit, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Marco Wentzel, 20 Jean Deysel, 21 Conrad Hoffmann, 22 Fred Zeilinga/Lionel Cronje, 23 Jack Wilson

Date: Saturday, 28 February
Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Kick-off:  1705 local (1505 GMT)
Referee: Jaco van Heerden
Assistant referees: Rohan Hoffmann, Ben Crouse
TMO: Johan Greeff