New face at fly-half for Sharks

Date published: March 16 2017

Sharks head coach Robert du Preez has made a number of changes to their team to face the Kings on Saturday.

The second home match in a row at Kings Park sees some injury-enforced, Springbok rested and rotational changes to the side that so emphatically defeated the Waratahs last Saturday.

The loss of Pat Lambie necessitates a change at fly-half. Although Curwin Bosch deputised with aplomb in the number 10 jersey, the coaching staff have named him at full-back in place of Clément Poitrenaud who has a groin strain.

This opens the door for the very exciting Benhard Janse van Rensburg to marshall the backline.

The only other change amongst the backs sees Odwa Ndungane come in for Lwazi Mvovo on the wing.

Tera Mtembu will lead the side in the absence of Lambie and he has a new loose-forward partner, Jacques Vermeulen taking over from Philip van der Walt who suffered a facial injury last week.

There is an all-new front row, with Thomas du Toit, Chiliboy Ralepelle and Lourens Adriaanse replacing Tendai Mtawarira, Franco Marais and Coenie Oosthuizen respectively.

Sharks: 15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Lukanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Odwa Ndungane, 10 Benhard Janse van Rensburg, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Tera Mtembu (c), 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Jacques Vermeulen, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Stephan Lewies, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Thomas du Toit
Replacements: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 Etienne Oosthuizen, 20 Daniel du Preez, 21 Michael Claassens, 22 Jeremy Ward, 23 Garth April

Date: Saturday, March 18
Venue: Kings Park, Durban
Kick-off: 19:30 local (17:30 GMT)
Referee: Egon Seconds (South Africa)
Assistant Referees: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa), Cwengile Jadezweni (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)