Steyn back at 10 for Sharks

Date published: July 10 2014

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Sharks Director of Rugby Jake White has rung changes for Saturday's crucial Super Rugby clash with the Stormers at Newlands.

Sharks Director of Rugby Jake White has rung changes for Saturday's crucial Super Rugby clash with the Stormers at Newlands.

The continued absence of Pat Lambie sees Frans Steyn shift back to fly-half in the place of Tim Swiel following last week's loss to the Cheetahs. Fred Zeilinga has been named as back-up off the bench.

Paul Jordaan returns from injury to a shuffled midfield, starting at 12 as S'bura Sithole and JP Pietersen swap places with the latter at outside centre.

Ryan Kankowski is back at number eight after withdrawing from last week's game with a groin strain.

White has bolstered the starting line-up with three Boks who played off the bench last week, Willem Alberts on the flank and the Du Plessis brothers in the front row.

Like Lambie, Beast Mtawarira is not yet fit to play meaning SA U20 prop Thomas du Toit gets a start in the place of Dale Chadwick.

The Sharks must win if they hope to secure a home semi-final while the Stormers are playing only for pride.

“In a lot of ways, with nothing to gain, that gives [the Stormers] a lot of freedom because it doesn't feel like they have a noose around their neck,” said White.

“At the beginning of the year, people said the Stormers and the Cell C Sharks had amongst the two strongest squads in the competition, and that hasn't changed.

“It doesn't matter what they say about the injuries, they still have a great squad and they always had the worst draw in their eyes – I'm quoting them. We always knew at the back end of the competition they were going to be a threat and that's exactly what's happened.”

Sharks: 15 SP Marais, 14 S'bura Sithole, 13 JP Pietersen, 12 Paul Jordaan, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Frans Steyn, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Anton Bresler, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis (c), 1 Thomas du Toit
Replacements: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Wiehahn Herbst, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Etienne Oosthuizen, 20 Jean Deysel, 21 Charl McLeod, 22 Fred Zeilinga, 23 Tonderai Chavhanga

Date: Saturday, July 12
Venue: Newlands Stadium, Cape Town
Kick-off: 19:10 local time (18:10 BST, 17:10 GMT)
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa), Quinton Immelman (South Africa)
Television match official: Deon van Blommestein (South Africa)

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