Preview: Sharks v Griquas

Date published: August 11 2016

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The Sharks will be looking to make it two wins out of two in this season's Currie Cup when they face off with Griquas at Kings Park.

Friday's clash comes after the men from Durban won 33-10 at the Pumas, with Griquas having not yet played due to last week's fixture against the EP Kings having been postponed due to the latter's off-field issues. They will enter fresh and looking to claim a shock away victory.

Sharks head coach Robert du Preez was pleased with his charges' first game in Nelspruit, as Franco Marais, Odwa Ndungane, S'bura Sithole, Ruan Botha and Andre Esterhuizen all crossed in a win that saw the likes of Jean-Luc du Preez, Keegan Daniel and Stephan Lewies start.

"It was a good start against the Pumas, but there are still quite a few things to work on. I was happy with the intention and effort shown by the players," he said, with the Sharks forced into tweaking their forwards this week due to Lourens Adriaanse being called up by South Africa.

Inny Radebe will start in the 10 shirt, with Du Preez expecting a tough game: "Griquas are a very tough side, very physical and we’re going to have to bring our A game to beat them. We have got to set the standard; we started well but we have to improve and we’re here at home."

Griquas finished bottom of the table last season with just one win to their name and look set for another difficult campaign this time around.

RJ Liebenberg leads them in their season opener and is joined in the back-row by Wendal Wehr and Jason Fraser, with Clinton Swart at 10.

It is likely the visitors will face a difficult evening against the superior Sharks but if they can remain in touch, former Free State Cheetahs and Eastern Province Kings fly-half Elgar Watts will hope to make an impact in the second-half when he comes off the replacements bench.

The teams:

Sharks: 15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Neil Maritz, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 S'bura Sithole, 10 Inny Radebe, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Tera Mtembu, 7 Philip van der Walt, 6 Keegan Daniel (c), 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Dale Chadwick
Replacements: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 John-Hubert Meyer, 18 Ruan Botha, 19 Jean Deysel, 20 Michael Claassens, 21 Heimar Williams/Odwa Ndungane, 22 Rhyno Smith

Griquas: 15 Adriaan Coertzen, 14 Ederies Arendse, 13 Jacobus Jonker, 12 Johnathan Francke, 11 Alshaun Bock, 10 Clinton Swart, 9 Rudi van Rooyen, 8 Jason Fraser, 7 RJ Liebenberg (c), 6 Wendal Wehr, 5 Jonathan Barry Janse van Rensburg, 4 Mzwanele Zito, 3 Stephan Clyde Kotzé, 2 Marius Fourie, 1 Willem Andries Stephanus Roberts
Replacements: 16 Abraham Jacobus le Roux, 17 Devon Martinus, 18 Liam Hendricks, 19 Sias Koen, 20 Stephan Vermeulen, 21 Renier Botha, 22 Elgar Watts

Date: Friday, August 12
Venue: Kings Park, Durban
Kick-off: 19:10 local (17:10 GMT)
Referee: Jaco van Heerden
Assistant Referees: Stephan Geldenhuys, Ricus van der Hoven
TMO: Marius Jonker

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