Sharks unchanged for Stormers

Date published: March 10 2016

Sharks boss Gary Gold has picked the same team that beat the Jaguares last week for Saturday's clash with the Stormers at Newlands.

There is little reason to tamper with a winning side and Gold ‘ain’t fixing what ain’t broke’, to use an old idiom.

Saturday’s clash against the Stormers is likely to mirror the Jaguares game to a greater degree than the opening match of the Super Rugby tournament against the Kings which was more about attack and scoring tries.

Against the Jaguares – and indeed the Stormers – defence needed to be, and will again be called upon to be, top notch. Keeping the Argentinians scoreless in the second half, as was the case against the Kings, showed that this is a side ruthless on attack but also able to show character on defence.

A much anticipated battle of brothers between the loose-forward twins Jean-Luc and Daniel representing the Sharks, and their older brother, fly-half Robert for the Stormers, will not materialise after the latter picked up an injury in his team’s defeat of the Cheetahs last week.

But there will be battles aplenty in this much-anticipated clash between two sides who have won their opening fixtures and are currently fighting it out for top honours.

Sharks: 15 Willie Le Roux, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 JP Pietersen, 10 Joe Pietersen, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Tendai Mtawarira (c)
Replacements: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Hyron Andrews, 20 Philip van der Walt, 21 Michael Claassens, 22 Garth April 23, S’bura Sithole

Date: Saturday, March 12
Venue: DHL Newlands, Cape Town
Kick-off: 17:15 local (15:15 GMT)
Referee: Mike Fraser
Assistant referees: Ben O'Keeffe, Stuart Berry
TMO: Marius Jonker